Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

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Northwest Lancaster County River Trail stretches nearly 13 miles along the east bank of the Susquehanna River 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.

Reviews

great but lacks signs

   April, 2016 by tom.joy

This is a great trail! We began at the visitors center in Columbia and had to ask where the trail was. Need go back across the tracks to find the trail. Make sure some one in your party has the map because there are no signs thru the town of Marietta ...read more

Best trail in Lancaster County

   April, 2016 by cehersh

We love this trail. It has lots of variety in scenery, some twists and turns, and small ups and downs. The trail is mostly paved with unfinished sections nearing completion. It is heavily used on the weekend. read more

Southern Trail head and Vistor center now open!

   March, 2016 by trailkeeper

This new segment opened on 3/16/16. Goes north to connect with Chickie's Rock County park. Currently it has a compacted stone dust surface. Paving will take place in the late Spring/ summer of 2016. The northern most 2.5 mile segment of this trail ...read more