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 its renovation is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2015. 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 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