Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail

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The Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail, first envisioned in the 1990s, is a developing pathway being built along the former Reading Railroad. The 7-mile route is hoped to be completed in 2018 and will connect the central Pennsylvania communities of Lititz, Warwick, Akron, and Ephrata. Today, just over half the trail is complete and open.

Its most western completed segment, known as the Lititz-Warwick Trailway, traverses both urban and rural landscapes in the community of Lititz. It passes two restored 18th century buildings and includes signage explaining their history.

Farther east, the rail-trail begins off Fulton Street in Akron. For just over a mile, the paved trail continues northeast primarily through residential neighborhoods and includes a lighted pedestrian tunnel under Route 272 (7th Street). On its eastern end, at Parkview Heights Road, it seamlessly connects to the next segment of the rail-trail in neighboring Ephrata.

Once known as the Ephrata Linear Park Trail, this eastern segment was renamed in 2013 as 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 well-developed, paved pathway through downtown Ephrata runs for a mile and offers lighting, benches, and landscaping.

Parking and Trail Access

For the Ephrata section: Take Route 322 to E. Fulton Street; the trail begins at the street’s intersection with Railroad Avenue in the center of EphrataBorough.

For the Lititz section: From Lancaster, follow Route 501 North to Lititz. Turn right (east) onto Route 772 (Main Street). Turn left onto Clay Road and follow it up the hill to the Warwick Township Municipal Complex on the right. Parking is available all around the municipal building; the trail entrance is directly across Clay Road.

Reviews

Great Trail, will be even better when finished

   June, 2016 by batsignal2

Went up and back and did the whole thing today. There is everything from walkers to bikers to pet owners so it can get crowded. Easier parking on Ephrata side. 95% is paved, some gravel at Akron side. Literally takes you to downtown Ephrata but you can ...read more

Great trail for walking, riding or jogging

   March, 2016 by wltyson

My wife and I learned of this trail last year and have walked on it in the Ephrata-Akron area a number of times. Very well developed and maintained, a relaxing walk on most any day. We want to walk the trail in the Lititz-Warwick area next. read more

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   March, 2016 by sams500

Can't wait till it's done read more