Major Richard D. Winters Memorial Trail

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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.

Parking and Trail Access

Take Route 322 to E. Fulton Street; the trail begins at the street's intersection with Railroad Avenue in the center of Ephrata Borough.


NEW Segment now open.

   January, 2015 by trailkeeper

The long awaited extension of the trail into Akron Borough was openend on january 1st 2015. This new segment from Parkview Ave in Ephrata Borough extends the trail 1.3 miles to Fulton Street in Akron. It is expected that work on extending the trail more

Gorgeous trail through wooded sections of town

   January, 2010 by jmcginnis11

Constructed along the right-of-way of the old Reading-Columbia Railroad, the Ephrata Linear Park is one of the best trails in Lancaster County. The trail's paved, level surface (the only incline is a ramp located near the southern end of the trail at more