In 2013, the Ephrata Linear Park Trail was renamed the Major Richard D. Winters Memorial Trail in honor of a decorated World War II veteran and hometown hero. Dick Winters was featured in the book, Band of Brothers, by historian Stephen Ambrose, and portrayed in a TV miniseries of the same name. Ephrata was his boyhood home and he was buried here in 2011.
The rail-trail was built on the former Reading and Columbia Railroad and includes connections to schools, basketball courts, and naturalized park areas. The well-developed paved pathway runs through downtown Ephrata and offers lighting, benches, and landscaping.
As of late 2014, construction of an extension is underway, which will take the trail through Akron, continue it farther west to Warwick, and eventually connect it to the Lititz-Warwick Trailway. The project is anticipated to be completed by spring 2015.
Take Route 322 to E. Fulton Street; the trail begins at the street's intersection with Railroad Avenue in the center of Ephrata Borough.