Our Regular Walk
This is my 'go to' trail to get in a nice, nature based walk when I don't have much time. The trail is right off of route 283 with quick & easy access to parking, and the trail head. There are walkers, runners, bikers, and dog walkers, but the trail is plenty wide enough for all. It never feels too crowded.
If you like animals, you'll see most likely encounter cows, chickens, sheep, groundhogs, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, & even woodpeckers, amongst the many other birds. Near the 1 mile marker, when we're walking near dusk, we've been hearing 2 owls talk to each other.
Situated a few miles northwest of Lancaster City, the 2.5-mile Lancaster Junction Rail Trail makes a nice get-away on a sunny, spring, suimmer or fall day. The trail, which was refurbished and given a new, crushed stone surface in 2008, is perfect for cyclists, hikers and other non-motorized transportation, and provides picturesque views of bucolic farms, country homes and the Chiques Creek. The trail is tree-lined for most of the distance, protecting users from the blazing sun and creating a cool, lush environment. Although parking is available at either end of the trail, the southern end is recommended because of its close proximity to Route 283.
Short but sweet
"This 2.3 trail is very flat and a terrific trail for walking or running. My wife and I walk it probably once a week. It's probably a little short for most bikers, but my mom and I have biked it when other trails are icy or covered with snow. There are 2 road crossings. The first, while quick to cross, can be dangerous, as traffic coming from Rte 283 comes at quick speed around a blind curve. You'll need to cross quickly and cautiously, especially if you've got small kids. The 2nd crossing is much safer and easier to cross. When the trailhead off of 283 re-opened in 2004, a new, state-of-the-art restroom was constructed, as was more parking, thus making it easier access and better for those with small children. The restroom is always clean and we hope visitors keep it that way. There are well-marked poles every half mile, facing both directions. This is an ideal trail for someone who wants to do some running interval training, but finds tracks boring. There is a delightful Amish sheep and goat farm at the one mile mark and another goat farm at about 1.8 miles. There are a few benches along the way. I've seen folks fishing in the little creek that goes from about .7 miles to 1.6 miles. Fair warning: since this trail literally goes through farms, it can be a bit fragrant, depending which direction the wind is blowing. There are NO RESTROOMS or facilities at the north end of the trail. Because of the crushed cinder construction, this trail is seldon muddy, even after heavy rains. Overall a short, but excellent trail for the runner, walker, x-country skier, or person biking with small kids or seniors."