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.
I am not a big fan of urban paved trails but I was in the area so I thought what the heck. This is a very nice trail but there are two big issues that need to be fixed so when Jonathan looks down he has a big smile on his face. There a no maps showing ...
We started out on the East end in Palmyra and had to ask where the trail started. Once on our way we saw two signs showing that we were on the trail. That was it, we just plain lost it. We did spend time riding around the Milton Hershey School grounds ...
Somewhat boring suburban trail
DISCLAIMER: Writer is not a fan of trails that wind through suburbia. If you have a stroller full of babies, are a new cyclist, like the comforts of Sheetz on the corner or have young ones on training wheels, then paved suburban trails are excellent choices. ...