Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

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Northwest Lancaster County River Trail will one day stretch 14 miles, connecting three townships along the east bank of the Susquehanna River: Conoy, East Donegal, and West Hempfield, as well as several other riverfront communities. Currently, nearly 12 miles of trail are open between Falmouth (near the Dauphin County line) and Columbia.

Along the way, you can view relics of the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal towpath, which the trail follows, including abandoned canal locks, iron furnaces, and an old quarry at Billmeyer. The canal begin operations in 1833 and ended in the 1860s with the arrival of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

The northern 3.75 miles of the trail between Falmouth and Bainbridge is known locally as the Conoy Canal Trail. It runs along the Conewago Canal, part of the original Mainline Canal, that was built to bypass Conewago Falls on the Susquehanna River. On route, you'll see original stonework in the form of old bridges and locks.

The trail’s southern half runs through Marietta, from downtown to Chickies Rock County Park, which offers more than 400 acres of woodlands and meadows. The section through the county park goes by the name of Susquehanna Heritage Trail and ends with a trip through an old railroad tunnel called the Point Rock Tunnel. In the park, be sure to take the spur up a 100-foot-high rock outcropping for spectacular views of the river and the Norfolk Southern Railroad below. The Northwest Lancaster County River Trail follows the active railroad for a few miles.

Parking and Trail Access

In Conoy Township, parking is available at the Falmouth Boat Access. From Route 441, turn onto Collins Road.

In Bainbridge, parking is available at American Legion Park, located where Race Street ends at the Susquehanna River. A portable toilet is also available there.

In Marietta, parking is available in Riverfront Park and at the Decatur Street Trailhead.


Nice trail, once you find it!

   August, 2015 by rbrown153

We are bike riders and thought we would venture on this path. We downloaded the map and thought we could start at the Falmouth boat access. We had a very difficult time finding the path and when we did it was more of a hiking path, than a bike path and more


   August, 2015 by laretha

I did this trail on 8/9/15 and had a very nice ride. I did the trail round trip end to end. Between the two disconnect segments the signage is poor at best Mariette should step in as i talked to a number of riders that had the same problem as I did. The more

be patient, it's not 100% complete yet

   August, 2015 by bikerbabe69

Fellow Trailfolk, we know trails are works in progress and this one is no different. To avoid the disappointment that some reviewers have expressed, read the reviews and note that while all of the trail is open, not all sections will meet our high expectations. more