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.


short but very nice

   August, 2015 by rnk0914

first time on this trail. Can't wait until it is completed. The trail itself is great, was just very short. Hard to believe it is there because it is so well hidden. Great for walking or jogging or for a quick short ride. Only reason for the 4 stars versus ...read more


   February, 2015 by awerst

Having benches along the trail are great. The trash cans and doggie waste bags are great. Beside each other, not so great. read more

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 ...read more