Middle Creek Trail

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Forming the eastern side of a triangle with Elders Run Trail and the 130-mile Horseshoe Trail, the short, charming Middle Creek Trail is contained within wooded Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County.
Local citizens must have been delighted in June 1914 when the Ephrata and Lebanon Street Railway completed construction of a 22.7-mile trolley line between the towns of Ephrata and Lebanon. The trolley passed through nine small towns in a trip that took an hour and a half to complete. Today all that remains of the line is the one-mile Middle Creek Trail. Located on State Game Lands 46, the trail skirts along the creek side and is enfolded by a canopy of tall oaks.
A stop at the Middle Creek Visitor Center is well worth making prior to visiting the trail. Neither end of this trail is well marked.

Parking and Trail Access

From the Visitors Center follow Kleinfeltersville Road 2 miles and turn right onto Mountain Spring Road, a trailhead and parking are on the right.
The Northern end can be accessed approximately .7 miles south of the visitor's center on Hopeland Road. There is a small unsigned pull off where one or two cars can park.

Reviews

Lancaster County's "wildest" (and least known) trail

   August, 2013 by jmcginnis12@gmail.com

Located in the rural, isolated hills of far northern Lancaster County, the Middle Creek Trail is also clearly the wildest and least-known of the region's numerous greenways. Although the trailhead off Mountain Spring Road includes a decent-sized, gravel ...read more

Missed the sign but...

   August, 2010 by donnt1

Follow the "Tour" signs around the reservoir for a nice 6 mile loop. Very little traffic except for Kleinfeltersville Road (which has a very wide berm you can ride on) Most of the people are there for bird-watching. Pin Point trail and a couple of other ...read more