Columbia, Pennsylvania (PA) Trails & Maps

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  • Angelica Creek Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Angelica Creek Trail, in Reading's suburbs, begins at a scenic stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail, then goes south along the river a short distance before heading northwest toward Angelica Creek Park and Alvernia University. The park's ...
  • Bear Hole Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 5.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Swatara Creek runs through the vast woodlands of Swatara State Park in eastern Pennsylvania. Bear Hole Trail traces the eastern side of the waterway, while the Swatara Rail-Trail runs along the other bank. Together, they form a 20-mile loop, ...
  • Big Woods Trail-formerly Yelenoc Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 0 miles
    Surface:

    In Berks County, feasibility work has been started to design a trail section that will connect French Creek State Park to the Schuylkill River Trail. This is part of a Concept Plan for a trail called The Big Woods Trail that will connect the ...
  • Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 29.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    The Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail loops around a manmade reservoir just outside of Reading in southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail has a mixture of surfaces (hard-packed dirt, grass, gravel and abandoned roads) with some single-tracking and ...
  • Capital Area Greenbelt

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 20.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    Originally conceived by landscape architect Warren Manning (a disciple of Frederick Law Olmsted), the Capital Area Greenbelt is a 20-mile ring of parks and trails circling the Pennsylvania capital city of Harrisburg. In the early 1900s the greenbelt ...
  • Chester Creek Branch Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 6.7 miles
    Surface:

    The Chester Creek Rail Trail is being developed along the Chester-Creek Branch rail line between the Caleb Pusey Plantation in Upland and the intersection with the SEPTA R3 line in Wawa. Phase I of the trail, between Lenni Rd. and Creek Rd. ...
  • Chester Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Chester Valley Trail currently stretches 13 miles between Exton and King of Prussia. Its west end is anchored by Exton Park, while its east end stops just shy of the King of Prussia Mall. Along the way, the trail also passes through Tredyffrin ...
  • Chickies Rock Overlook Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    As its name implies, hikers on the Chickies Rock Overlook Trail will be rewarded with a beautiful vista at the end of their excursion. The trail follows an old trolley line route that once took tourists up to Chickies Rock in the early 1900s. Start ...
  • Conestoga Greenway Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This trail is not offically part of the Lancaster County Park system. It runs next to the Conestoga River at Sunnyside. The one end of the trail is at Lancaster County Central Park. Although there is vehicular traffic in the Park it is great ...
  • Conewago Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 5.1 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Conewago Recreation Trail in northwestern Lancaster County parallels Conewago Creek over most of its length, as it passes through farmland and forests. A unit of the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation, the 5.1-mile trail ...
  • Creek Road Trail

    State: DE
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Creek Road Trail extends north from a connection with the Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail in White Clay Creek State Park. The scenic park features over 37 miles of hiking trails through wooded valleys just north of Newark, home to the University ...
  • Cresheim Trail (Cresheim Valley Rail-Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 0 miles
    Surface:

    The proposed Cresheim Valley Rail-Trail will connect neighborhoods of Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Wyndmoor, Cedarbrook and Laverock with the Wishickon Valley and the Schuylkill River Trail. The proposed route follows an existing PECO right-of-way ...
  • Cumberland County Biker/Hiker Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

    This gently winding trail in Pine Grove Furnace State Park passes along the shores of two lakes and through the woodlands of Michaux State Forest. Pine Grove Furnace began operating in 1764 to take advantage of the small but rich South Mountain ...
  • Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 10.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Grass

    The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail runs down the middle of its namesake: the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania, between the South Mountain and Blue Mountain ridges on the eastern flank of the Appalachians. Stretching from New York State to Alabama, ...
  • Cumberland Valley Rail Trail Extension

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface:

    An 11 extension of the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is planned that will connect Carlisle, PA and the Dickinson College Campus to Shippensburg, PA and Shippensburg State University. The existing trail currently ends at Newville, PA. The purchase ...
  • East Branch Brandywine Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Less than an hour west of Philadelphia, the East Branch Brandywine Trail begins south of Downingtown and continues south along its namesake river. The paved trail passes through meadows and wooded areas, including the M. John Johnson Nature ...
  • Enola Low Grade Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 28.9 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Enola Low-Grade Trail (formerly the Atglen-Susquehanna Trail) is open for nearly 29 miles in disconnected segments between the Susquehanna River and Atglen in southeastern Pennsylvania. It follows an abandoned right-of-way of the Enola Low ...
  • Ephrata Linear Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The park is a short (less than 1 mile) but well developed paved bikeway, that will eventually connect to the Lititz-Warwick trailway. It has been built on the former Reading & Columbia shortline Railroad and includes connections to schools, ...
  • Exeter Scenic River Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Exeter Scenic River Trail follows the north shore of the Schuylkill River. The tree-lined route provides views of the river and runs to the Klapperthal Trail at the base of Neversink Mountain.
  • Hanover Trolley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Hanover Trolley Trail is being built along the 16-mile corridor of the York-Hanover Trolley Line that ran between the two cities in the early 1900s. Currently, about a quarter of that distance is open in two disconnected trail segments. The ...
  • Heritage Rail Trail County Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 22.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Heritage Rail Trail County Park winds for more than 22 miles through urban and rural landscapes between the city of York and the Maryland state line. It connects Maryland's Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail with the historic district of York, PA. ...
  • Herring Run Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Baltimore’s Herring Run Trail runs through scenic Herring Run Park, centered on a tributary of the Back River. The winding trail follows Herring Run through a woodlands environment so peaceful you're likely to forget you are in a major city ...
  • Hollow Creek Greenway

    State: PA
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Hollow Creek Greenway follows its namesake waterway through scenic woodlands and valleys, offering a quiet oasis in the suburbs. The trail provides an important link between neighborhoods, schools and community parks from Springfield Township ...
  • Iron Horse Trail (PA)

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Iron Horse Trail follows two abandoned rail beds: the Path Valley Railroad and the Perry Lumber Company Railroad. Originally, the Path Valley Railroad was going to be an extension for the Newport and Shermans Valley Railroad and would end ...
  • JFK Walking Trail - Pottsville Bike Path & Jogging Area

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 0.82 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The JFK Walking Trail is a hidden gem created to be part of the Pottsville Community flagship recreation complex. The paved trail is located behind the tennis courts and pool. A stylish sign complete with picket fence marks the entry way to ...
  • James F. Hall Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: DE
    Length: 1.76 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The James F. Hall Trail—a rail-with-trail—packs a lot into a short stretch: Its paved surface is great for bicycling, inline skating and strolling, and there are multiple playgrounds, picnic areas and access points along the route. Best of all, ...
  • Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 13 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail, named for a local resident who died in a bicycling accident, offers a safe paved route through Derry and nearby communities. It begins in a rural area just south of Hummelstown, near the Indian Echo Caverns, ...
  • Jones Falls Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 9.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    When complete, the Jones Falls Trail will extend 10 miles between Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the Mount Washington Light Rail Station. Currently, a paved, off-road section runs from Cylburn Arboretum south to Penn Station. A highlight of ...
  • Lancaster Junction Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    Originally the Reading & Columbia Railroad, this branch of the Reading Railroad was built to haul anthracite coal to Columbia where it was loaded into barges on the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal for shipment to the port of Baltimore. The Reading ...
  • LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Dirt, Grass

    The short, tranquil LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail follows its namesake creek closely, LeTort Spring Run, through a mix of deciduous trees and lowland marshes bristling with tall grasses and cattails. Bring your fishing gear; the LeTort is one ...
  • Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 14.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail takes you on a journey into Pennsylvania Dutch country. Running along the corridor of the old Cornwall-Lebanon Railroad, the 14.5-mile trail lets you experience the beauty of farmland and forest, visit landmarks ...
  • Lititz-Warwick Trailway

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Built on an abandoned corridor of the Reading Railroad, the Lititz/Warwick Trailway traverses developed and agricultural land in the township and the borough of Lititz. The trail is a walking, jogging, biking, and cross-country skiing destination ...
  • Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Maryland's Susquehanna State Park is recognized for challenging hiking and biking trails, camping facilities, rock outcroppings, boating, a museum and restored historical sites. But none of these outshines the Susquehanna River, which sweeps ...
  • Lykens Valley Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 9.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Lykens Valley Rail Trail is nearly half-way complete with 9 miles of trail open out of 20 miles planned. Those 9 miles are available in three disconnected segments. In Millersburg, a 0.4-mile segment of trail runs north-south between the Susquehanna ...
  • MA & PA Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The MA & PA Heritage Trail is found in two segments (about 2 miles apart) through the wooded parks of Maryland's Bel Air and Forest Hill communities. The folksy sounding name actually stands for the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad, which ...
  • Middle Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    Forming the eastern side of a triangle with Elders Run Trail and the 130-mile Horseshoe Trail, the short, charming Middle Creek Trail is contained within wooded Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County. Local citizens must ...
  • Muhlenberg Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1.75 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Currently a 1.75-mile section of the trail is open from 8:00 am to dusk. The trail runs parallel to Rosedale Avenue in Laureldale Borough on the former corridor of the East Penn Branch Railroad. The trail surface is made of crushed stone and ...
  • Neversink Connector Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Reading's Neversink Connector Trail is a short paved pathway that branches off the Thun Trail, a 18-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail. It begins near the Reading Area Community College and follows the northeast bank of the Schuylkill ...
  • Newport and Shermans Valley Railroad Trace (formerely Little Buffalo)

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1.16 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Grass

    Included in the seven-mile network of trails in Little Buffalo State Park are two small sections of rail-trail. Together they are called the Newport and Sherman's Valley Railroad Trace. The rail-trail sections are signed with directional arrows ...
  • Northwest Corridor Linear Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 0.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Northwest Corridor Linear Park is a short paved pathway that winds its way among the city streets just northeast of the city square. The pathway functions as community park for residents of downtown Lancaster and enjoys support from the local ...
  • Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 11.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

    Northwest Lancaster County River Trail will one day stretch 14 miles, connecting three townships along the east bank of the Susquehanna River: Conoy, East Donegal, and West Hempfield, as well as several other riverfront communities. Currently, ...
  • Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: DE
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail offers urban connections to the University of Delaware campus, Newark Shopping Center, DART Transit Hub and the downtown area, as well as the recreational amenities of White Clay Creek State Park. To further ...
  • Red Lion Mile

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    This is a pleasant one mile community trail which begins right at the center of Red Lion, PA. The main trailhead is on Main St. at the restored MA&PA train station, which now is home to the Red Lion Historical Society. As of December 2010: approximately ...
  • Schuylkill River Trail - Bartram Trail Section

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 8.4 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The John Bartram Trail (a.k.a. Bartram Trail) is simply one section of the very involved Schuylkill River Trail, which is being developed in sections as funds and capacity permit. Currently 9.6 miles of the Bartram Trail is open. There are two ...
  • Schuylkill River Trail - Thun Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 18.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Thun Trail (pronounced "tune") is part of the Schuylkill River Trail System. Large railroad bridges, built in 1918, provide impressive views of the Schuylkill River and the surrounding hills. Paralleling Routes 422 and 724, this section ...
  • Stony Run Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips

    Baltimore’s Stony Run Trail follows an old Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad line through nearly 3 miles of wooded stream valleys and small parks, providing a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The unique urban trail sits ...
  • Stony Valley Railroad Grade

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 21.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Originally named St. Anthony's Wilderness by Moravian missionaries who arrived in the colony in 1742 to convert Native tribes, the Stony Creek Valley became the site of five bustling towns after discovery of coal in 1824. The Schuylkill & Susquehanna ...
  • Struble Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Chester County Parks & Recreation Department opened this trail in 1979 on part of a former Pennsylvania Railroad right-of-way. Today the 2.6-mile trail attracts more than 125,000 visitors each year. Named for the late Robert G. Struble, ...
  • Swatara Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The discovery of anthracite coal in the Tremont area of Pennsylvania shaped commerce and development well into the 1800s. The Union Canal was constructed in the 1820s to connect the Schuylkill and Susquehanna rivers and improve transport of ...
  • The Lions' Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 0.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Picking up directly across Norwood Road from the Struble trail's south end point, The Lions' trail offers a half mile of paved trail winding through scenic Kardon Park with 10 acres of ponds and over 40 acres of open green space, wetlands and ...
  • Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (formerly North Central or Northern Central)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MD
    Length: 21 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Northern Central Railroad Trail, completed in 1984, is one of the best hiking and biking trails in the Mid-atlantic region. It allows for more than 20 miles of flat travel on the crushed-stone surface, punctuated by a number of access points ...
  • Union Canal Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 6.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Union Canal Trail parallels Tulpehocken Creek between Stonecliffe Action Park northwest of downtown Reading and Blue Marsh Lake. The original Union Canal ran 79.5 miles from the Schuylkill River at Reading to the Susquehanna River at Middletown ...
  • Valley Forge to Heinz Refuge (aka Forge to Refuge)

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 0 miles
    Surface:

    a proposed 18 mile shared use pathway is envisioned by area residents in Delaware and Chester counties of Pennsylvania. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is leading the preliminary work of envisioning a trail that could connect Valley ...
  • Walnut Street Bridge

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface:

    Ever since the 1993 flood waters of the Suquehanna River destroyed the western half of this bridge the Harrisburg communnity has been trying to rebuild it. The eastern half of the bridge has been opened and maintained as a part of the Capitol ...
  • Wyomissing Creek Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Wyomissing Creek Trail offers a pleasant tree-lined route along its namesake waterway in West Reading. At its eastern end, you can connect to an 18-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail that travels from Reading to Pottstown. A highlight ...
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