Enola Low Grade Trail

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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 Grade Railroad, one of several branch lines of the Pennsylvania Railroad that linked Atglen with the Harrisburg area.

The trail runs through several townships and each manages its own section, so trail conditions may vary among them. In some places there is heavy ballast where wide tires are recommended if you’re biking. In other places the trail has been improved with crushed limestone.

Its newest addition, which opened in August 2013, is a beauty with towering cliffs on one side and river vistas on the other. It extends the trail 5.25 miles further west following the Susquehanna from an old railroad trestle over the Conestoga River to Manor Township. Conestoga and Manor townships hope to one day refurbish the bridge into a pedestrian crossing to link the rail-trail segments on either side of the river.

The Martic Forge trestle is currently closed but there are plans to renovate it as a crossing. You can detour around the trestle by taking SR 324 (Marticville Road) south to River Road and the turn onto Colmanville Church Road. There is also a detour around Route 222 near Quarryville; plans are in the works to build a pedestrian bridge over the highway. You will encounter other road crossings where tunnels or bridges have been ordered to be removed. For trail updates and conditions call the local township managers.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at many points along the trail, listed here west to east:

  • Manor Township: a new trailhead with spaces for about 60 cars is accessible from Route 441 at the base of Turkey Point.
  • Conestoga Township: parking and an informational kiosk are available at the end of Colemanville Church Road (north of the trail)
  • Martic Township: at the intersection of State Route 324 (Marticville Road) and Red Hill Road
  • Eden Township: off Bushong Road.



Reviews

Beautiful Trail ( Manor Township)

   July, 2014 by sportstersteve

Manor Township got it right with there end of the trail. Unlike the other end the stone surface is great for biking and there are plenty of benches, picnic tables and scenic views of the Susquehanna River. Like the restored caboose also! read more

No trail head in Atglen

   June, 2014 by steve.gausch

If you are looking for the trail head in Atglen, don't waste your time--there isn't one. I drove around the town for 45 minutes looking and also stopped to ask 3 locals--no one knew what I was talking about. The only railroad bed in Atglen is the one ...read more

Enola low grade

   June, 2014 by patty2186

East from Bushong road a lot of soft mud and so much water over the trail making impassible. West of Bushong the trail is fine no mud. read more