The Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail, named for a local resident who died in a bicycling accident, offers a safe paved route through Derry and nearby communities. It begins in a rural area just south of Hummelstown, near the Indian Echo Caverns, and travels east to Palmdale. Along the way, the trail offers access to several parks, neighborhoods, commercial establishments and the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Numerous amenities line the path, including benches, gazebos, small gardens and interpretive signs for natural and historic attractions.
At Bullfrog Valley Park, an extension branches south from the main trail through a wooded area following a long-abandoned railroad grade to Waltonville. It's here that the trail passes Shank Park, one of the town's most popular parks and the site of many community events and athletic tournaments.
Further east, in Hershey, another southern extension roughly parallels Route 743 (also known, aptly enough, as Cocoa Road) for about a mile.
Parking and Trail Access
From Rt. 322, turn south on Bullfrog Valley Road and travel 0.8 mile to Bullfrog Valley Park. The park is located near the western end of the trail and offers parking and restrooms.
On the trail's eastern end, parking can be found in Palmdale Park (1100 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey). The park offers a playground, picnic shelter and athletic fields.