Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

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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, nearly 12 miles of trail are open between Falmouth (near the Dauphin County line) and Columbia.

Along the way, you can view relics of the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal towpath, which the trail follows, including abandoned canal locks, iron furnaces, and an old quarry at Billmeyer. The canal begin operations in 1833 and ended in the 1860s with the arrival of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The northern 3.75 miles of the trail between Falmouth and Bainbridge is known locally as the Conoy Canal Trail. It runs along the Conewago Canal, part of the original Mainline Canal, that was built to bypass Conewago Falls on the Susquehanna River. On route, you'll see original stonework in the form of old bridges and locks.

The trail’s southern half runs through Marietta, from downtown to Chickies Rock County Park, which offers more than 400 acres of woodlands and meadows. The section through the county park goes by the name of Susquehanna Heritage Trail and ends with a trip through an old railroad tunnel called the Point Rock Tunnel. In the park, be sure to take the spur up a 100-foot-high rock outcropping for spectacular views of the river and the Norfolk Southern Railroad below. The Northwest Lancaster County River Trail follows the active railroad for a few miles.

Parking and Trail Access

In Conoy Township, parking is available at the Falmouth Boat Access. From Route 441, turn onto Collins Road.

In Bainbridge, parking is available at American Legion Park, located where Race Street ends at the Susquehanna River. A portable toilet is also available there.

In Marietta, parking is available in Riverfront Park and at the Decatur Street Trailhead.

Reviews

Lovely short ride

   July, 2014 by pencheff

Rode this trail today for the first time. To call it a "trail" is misleading. It does not follow any rail line. It is a finely paved mini road that winds through the woods and between woods and meadows close to the Susquehanna river for 3.8 miles. I began ...read more

Nice trail to Trikke or Rollerblade

   May, 2014 by susancnett

We were looking for a nice, paved path to ride our Trikkes. We first went to the Falmouth Boat Access, off of Robert Mowder Drive (Marietta) but there was no paved path- only a narrow foot path. Then we went to the Riverfront Park on Vinegar Ferry ...read more

trail upgrade completed

   November, 2013 by bikerbabe69

This trail has recently been resurfaced from Bainbridge south with a fine gravel/stone dust combination making it suitable for bikers of all levels and also handicap accessible. The remaining section north to Falmouth appears unimproved. There is paved ...read more