2/7/2012 11:25:45 AM
If comparing to finished rail trails – locally like the Heritage in York county, or the Gretna trail in Lebanon County, don’t. It’s not finished. Quarryville are: a big gap to get over 222. Atop 272: threats of doing away with the tunnels underneath may render it the same as Quarryville. The gap at Stump road. Martic Forge & Safe Harbor bridges: closed. Certain eastern township(s) still closed?
If comparing this trail to it-self 18 months ago, celebrate the difference. Gigantic railroad/ballast stones are now under crushed & rolled stone– smaller but not ultra-fine stone. As a runner, I can now run any section with ease, versus previous herculean efforts in finding best lines previously tamped down by atv’s & trucks-that were going somewhere. I can stick my mountain bike on & ride anywhere. The Safe Harbor climbing area is now open. On a recent snowy morning I saw a cross country skier. It’s a real gateway to what no one talks about – the different trails adjacent: Shenks Ferry, Martic Township and Trout Run are just 3 one can get right on from this trail.
What to hope for: open the bridges, extension in to Manor township & points north, more trailhead(s) parking, throw in a roadhouse & ice cream stand & all will be happy.