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Bear Hole Trail

5.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Buffalo Flat Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Gravel

Capital Area Greenbelt

20.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Chambersburg Rail-Trail

1.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Chickies Rock Overlook Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Conestoga Greenway Trail

1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Conewago Recreation Trail

5.1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Cumberland County Biker/Hiker Trail

2.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

10.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Grass

Elizabethtown Connector Trail

0.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Enola Low Grade Trail

27.6 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Hanover Trolley Trail

3.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

24.9 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Heritage Trail (PA)

1.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Hollow Creek Greenway

1.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Iron Horse Trail (PA)

10 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail

13 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Lancaster Junction Trail

2.3 mi
State: PA
Gravel

LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail

2 mi
State: PA
Cinder, Dirt, Grass
Accordion

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

14.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Lykens Valley Rail Trail

9.2 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Manheim Township Bikeway

0.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Middle Creek Trail

1.3 mi
State: PA
Gravel

Mill Creek Trail (PA)

0.9 mi
State: PA
Woodchips

Northwest Corridor Linear Park

0.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

14.12 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Old Tram Trail

1.8 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Penns Creek Path (Mid State Trail)

3.6 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Red Lion Mile

1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Stony Valley Railroad Grade

21.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Swatara Rail-Trail

10 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

19.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

Warwick Township Linear Park Trail

1.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail

4.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Swatara Creek runs through the vast woodlands of Swatara State Park in eastern Pennsylvania. Bear Hole Trail traces the eastern side of the waterway, while the Swatara Rail-Trail runs along the other...
PA 5.5 mi Crushed Stone
PA 0.5 mi Dirt
As of autumn 2011, 9 miles of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail are complete. The trail runs between Lewisburg and Mifflinburg, and interpretive signs relate the region's history. The trail is mostly...
PA 9 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Originally conceived by landscape architect Warren Manning (a disciple of Frederick Law Olmsted), the Capital Area Greenbelt is a 20-mile ring of parks and trails circling the Pennsylvania capital...
PA 20.9 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Chambersburg Rail Trail is a 1.2 mile paved urban trail that connects neighborhoods just a few blocks west of the community's central business district. Starting at South Street, the trail...
PA 1.2 mi Asphalt
As its name implies, hikers on the Chickies Rock Overlook Trail will be rewarded with a beautiful vista at the end of their excursion. The trail follows an old trolley line route that once took...
PA 0.5 mi Dirt
This trail is not offically part of the Lancaster County Park system. It runs next to the Conestoga River at Sunnyside. The one end of the trail is at Lancaster County Central Park. Although there is...
PA 1 mi Asphalt
The Conewago Recreation Trail in northwestern Lancaster County parallels Conewago Creek over most of its length, as it passes through farmland and forests. A unit of the Lancaster County Department of...
PA 5.1 mi Crushed Stone
This gently winding trail in Pine Grove Furnace State Park passes along the shores of two lakes and through the woodlands of Michaux State Forest. Pine Grove Furnace began operating in 1764 to take...
PA 2.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone
The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail runs down the middle of its namesake: the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania, between the South Mountain and Blue Mountain ridges on the eastern flank of the...
PA 10.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Grass
The first section of the Elizabethtown Connector Trail officially opened in May 2015. Although just shy of a mile this trail provides such beautiful scenery that you'll feel like you could stay...
PA 0.3 mi Asphalt
The Enola Low-Grade Trail (formerly the Atglen-Susquehanna Trail) is open for nearly 29 miles in disconnected segments between the Susquehanna River and Atglen in southeastern Pennsylvania. It follows...
PA 27.6 mi Crushed Stone
The Hanover Trolley Trail is being built along the 16-mile corridor of the York-Hanover Trolley Line that ran between the two cities in the early 1900s. Currently, about a quarter of that distance is...
PA 3.5 mi Crushed Stone
Note: Per the York County website, "A section of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park will be closed starting March 21, 2016. The closure will begin at the Colonial Courthouse in York, south to...
PA 24.9 mi Crushed Stone
Part of the township's ongoing efforts to create a network of multi-use greenways, Manheim Twp.'s Heritage Trail begins at Valley Road and extends south, along the eastern boundary of Landis Woods to...
PA 1.1 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Hollow Creek Greenway follows its namesake waterway through scenic woodlands and valleys, offering a quiet oasis in the suburbs. The trail provides an important link between neighborhoods, schools...
PA 1.7 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Iron Horse Trail follows two abandoned rail beds: the Path Valley Railroad and the Perry Lumber Company Railroad. Originally, the Path Valley Railroad was going to be an extension for the Newport...
PA 10 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail, named for a local resident who died in a bicycling accident, offers a safe paved route through Derry and nearby communities. It begins in a rural area just south...
PA 13 mi Asphalt
Originally the Reading & Columbia Railroad, this branch of the Reading Railroad was built to haul anthracite coal to Columbia where it was loaded into barges on the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal for...
PA 2.3 mi Gravel
The short, tranquil LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail follows its namesake creek closely, LeTort Spring Run, through a mix of deciduous trees and lowland marshes bristling with tall grasses and cattails....
PA 2 mi Cinder, Dirt, Grass
Accordion
The Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail takes you on a journey into Pennsylvania Dutch country. Running along the corridor of the old Cornwall-Lebanon Railroad, the 14.5-mile trail lets you experience the...
PA 14.5 mi Crushed Stone
Lykens Valley Rail Trail is nearly half-way complete with 9 miles of trail open out of 20 miles planned. Those 9 miles are available in three disconnected segments. In Millersburg, a 0.4-mile segment...
PA 9.2 mi Crushed Stone
Part of Manheim Township's growing network of multi-use greenways, the Manheim Township Bikeway begins off Kissel Hill Road, immediately north of the intersection with Landis Valley Road. Heading...
PA 0.7 mi Asphalt
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...
PA 1.3 mi Gravel
Just short of a mile in length, the Mill Creek Trail follows the south bank of the stream for which it is named in the suburbs east of Lancaster. Paved with a surface of compact woodchips, the...
PA 0.9 mi Woodchips
Included in the seven-mile network of trails in Little Buffalo State Park are two small sections of rail-trail. Together they are called the Newport and Sherman's Valley Railroad Trace. The...
PA 1.16 mi Crushed Stone, Grass
Northwest Corridor Linear Park is a short paved pathway that winds its way among the city streets just northeast of the city square. The pathway functions as community park for residents of downtown...
PA 0.7 mi Asphalt
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...
PA 14.12 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Lumber mills frequently set up tram cars running on a set of tracks to carry cut timbers from the steep hillsides. The Old Tram Trail is exactly that and has become a short bit of single track to...
PA 1.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Though little-known compared to other popular rail-trails in Pennsylvania, the Penns Creek Path is worth the effort of visiting for a scenic bike ride or hike in the forest. Pretty in all seasons, it...
PA 3.6 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
This is a pleasant one mile community trail which begins right at the center of Red Lion, PA. The main trailhead is on Main St. at the restored MA&PA train station, which now is home to the Red Lion...
PA 1 mi Crushed Stone
Originally named St. Anthony's Wilderness by Moravian missionaries who arrived in the colony in 1742 to convert Native tribes, the Stony Creek Valley became the site of five bustling towns after...
PA 21.5 mi Dirt, Gravel
The discovery of anthracite coal in the Tremont area of Pennsylvania shaped commerce and development well into the 1800s. The Union Canal was constructed in the 1820s to connect the Schuylkill and...
PA 10 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail is one of the best hiking and biking trails in the Mid-Atlantic region. It allows for nearly 20 miles of flat travel on the crushed-stone surface, punctuated by a number...
MD 19.5 mi Crushed Stone
A joint project of Warwick Township and Lititz borough, the Warwick Township. Linear Park extends from Market Street north, following the Santo Domingo Creek, to Newport Road. Although the asphalt...
PA 1.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
PA 4.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

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Lykens Valley Rail Trail

PA - 9.2 miles

Lykens Valley Rail Trail is nearly half-way complete with 9 miles of trail open out of 20 miles planned. Those 9 miles are available in three disconnected segments. In Millersburg, a 0.4-mile segment...

Red Lion Mile

PA - 1 miles

This is a pleasant one mile community trail which begins right at the center of Red Lion, PA. The main trailhead is on Main St. at the restored MA&PA train station, which now is home to the Red Lion...

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

PA - 24.9 miles

Note: Per the York County website, "A section of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park will be closed starting March 21, 2016. The closure will begin at the Colonial Courthouse in York, south to...

Bear Hole Trail

PA - 5.5 miles

Swatara Creek runs through the vast woodlands of Swatara State Park in eastern Pennsylvania. Bear Hole Trail traces the eastern side of the waterway, while the Swatara Rail-Trail runs along the other...

Accordion

Mill Creek Trail (PA)

PA - 0.9 miles

Just short of a mile in length, the Mill Creek Trail follows the south bank of the stream for which it is named in the suburbs east of Lancaster. Paved with a surface of compact woodchips, the...

Elizabethtown Connector Trail

PA - 0.3 miles

The first section of the Elizabethtown Connector Trail officially opened in May 2015. Although just shy of a mile this trail provides such beautiful scenery that you'll feel like you could stay...

Enola Low Grade Trail

PA - 27.6 miles

The Enola Low-Grade Trail (formerly the Atglen-Susquehanna Trail) is open for nearly 29 miles in disconnected segments between the Susquehanna River and Atglen in southeastern Pennsylvania. It follows...

Warwick Township Linear Park Trail

PA - 1.2 miles

A joint project of Warwick Township and Lititz borough, the Warwick Township. Linear Park extends from Market Street north, following the Santo Domingo Creek, to Newport Road. Although the asphalt...

Cumberland County Biker/Hiker Trail

PA - 2.2 miles

This gently winding trail in Pine Grove Furnace State Park passes along the shores of two lakes and through the woodlands of Michaux State Forest. Pine Grove Furnace began operating in 1764 to take...

Hollow Creek Greenway

PA - 1.7 miles

The Hollow Creek Greenway follows its namesake waterway through scenic woodlands and valleys, offering a quiet oasis in the suburbs. The trail provides an important link between neighborhoods, schools...

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

PA - 14.12 miles

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...

Chambersburg Rail-Trail

PA - 1.2 miles

The Chambersburg Rail Trail is a 1.2 mile paved urban trail that connects neighborhoods just a few blocks west of the community's central business district. Starting at South Street, the trail...

Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail

PA - 13 miles

The Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail, named for a local resident who died in a bicycling accident, offers a safe paved route through Derry and nearby communities. It begins in a rural area just south...

Heritage Trail (PA)

PA - 1.1 miles

Part of the township's ongoing efforts to create a network of multi-use greenways, Manheim Twp.'s Heritage Trail begins at Valley Road and extends south, along the eastern boundary of Landis Woods to...

Conestoga Greenway Trail

PA - 1 miles

This trail is not offically part of the Lancaster County Park system. It runs next to the Conestoga River at Sunnyside. The one end of the trail is at Lancaster County Central Park. Although there is...

LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail

PA - 2 miles

The short, tranquil LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail follows its namesake creek closely, LeTort Spring Run, through a mix of deciduous trees and lowland marshes bristling with tall grasses and cattails....

Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

PA - 9 miles

As of autumn 2011, 9 miles of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail are complete. The trail runs between Lewisburg and Mifflinburg, and interpretive signs relate the region's history. The trail is mostly...

Swatara Rail-Trail

PA - 10 miles

The discovery of anthracite coal in the Tremont area of Pennsylvania shaped commerce and development well into the 1800s. The Union Canal was constructed in the 1820s to connect the Schuylkill and...

Manheim Township Bikeway

PA - 0.7 miles

Part of Manheim Township's growing network of multi-use greenways, the Manheim Township Bikeway begins off Kissel Hill Road, immediately north of the intersection with Landis Valley Road. Heading...

Chickies Rock Overlook Trail

PA - 0.5 miles

As its name implies, hikers on the Chickies Rock Overlook Trail will be rewarded with a beautiful vista at the end of their excursion. The trail follows an old trolley line route that once took...

Hanover Trolley Trail

PA - 3.5 miles

The Hanover Trolley Trail is being built along the 16-mile corridor of the York-Hanover Trolley Line that ran between the two cities in the early 1900s. Currently, about a quarter of that distance is...

Elizabethtown Connector Trail

PA - 0.3 miles

The first section of the Elizabethtown Connector Trail officially opened in May 2015. Although just shy of a mile this trail provides such beautiful scenery that you'll feel like you could stay...

Middle Creek Trail

PA - 1.3 miles

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...

Accordion

Swatara Rail-Trail

PA - 10 miles

The discovery of anthracite coal in the Tremont area of Pennsylvania shaped commerce and development well into the 1800s. The Union Canal was constructed in the 1820s to connect the Schuylkill and...

Iron Horse Trail (PA)

PA - 10 miles

The Iron Horse Trail follows two abandoned rail beds: the Path Valley Railroad and the Perry Lumber Company Railroad. Originally, the Path Valley Railroad was going to be an extension for the Newport...

Capital Area Greenbelt

PA - 20.9 miles

Originally conceived by landscape architect Warren Manning (a disciple of Frederick Law Olmsted), the Capital Area Greenbelt is a 20-mile ring of parks and trails circling the Pennsylvania capital...

Chambersburg Rail-Trail

PA - 1.2 miles

The Chambersburg Rail Trail is a 1.2 mile paved urban trail that connects neighborhoods just a few blocks west of the community's central business district. Starting at South Street, the trail...

Heritage Trail (PA)

PA - 1.1 miles

Part of the township's ongoing efforts to create a network of multi-use greenways, Manheim Twp.'s Heritage Trail begins at Valley Road and extends south, along the eastern boundary of Landis Woods to...

Hollow Creek Greenway

PA - 1.7 miles

The Hollow Creek Greenway follows its namesake waterway through scenic woodlands and valleys, offering a quiet oasis in the suburbs. The trail provides an important link between neighborhoods, schools...

Warwick Township Linear Park Trail

PA - 1.2 miles

A joint project of Warwick Township and Lititz borough, the Warwick Township. Linear Park extends from Market Street north, following the Santo Domingo Creek, to Newport Road. Although the asphalt...

Newport and Shermans Valley Railroad Trace (formerely Little Buffalo)

PA - 1.16 miles

Included in the seven-mile network of trails in Little Buffalo State Park are two small sections of rail-trail. Together they are called the Newport and Sherman's Valley Railroad Trace. The...

Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

PA - 9 miles

As of autumn 2011, 9 miles of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail are complete. The trail runs between Lewisburg and Mifflinburg, and interpretive signs relate the region's history. The trail is mostly...

Lykens Valley Rail Trail

PA - 9.2 miles

Lykens Valley Rail Trail is nearly half-way complete with 9 miles of trail open out of 20 miles planned. Those 9 miles are available in three disconnected segments. In Millersburg, a 0.4-mile segment...

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

PA - 24.9 miles

Note: Per the York County website, "A section of the Heritage Rail Trail County Park will be closed starting March 21, 2016. The closure will begin at the Colonial Courthouse in York, south to...

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

PA - 14.12 miles

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...

Bear Hole Trail

PA - 5.5 miles

Swatara Creek runs through the vast woodlands of Swatara State Park in eastern Pennsylvania. Bear Hole Trail traces the eastern side of the waterway, while the Swatara Rail-Trail runs along the other...

Cumberland County Biker/Hiker Trail

PA - 2.2 miles

This gently winding trail in Pine Grove Furnace State Park passes along the shores of two lakes and through the woodlands of Michaux State Forest. Pine Grove Furnace began operating in 1764 to take...

Conestoga Greenway Trail

PA - 1 miles

This trail is not offically part of the Lancaster County Park system. It runs next to the Conestoga River at Sunnyside. The one end of the trail is at Lancaster County Central Park. Although there is...

Red Lion Mile

PA - 1 miles

This is a pleasant one mile community trail which begins right at the center of Red Lion, PA. The main trailhead is on Main St. at the restored MA&PA train station, which now is home to the Red Lion...

Cumberland County Biker/Hiker Trail

PA - 2.2 miles

This gently winding trail in Pine Grove Furnace State Park passes along the shores of two lakes and through the woodlands of Michaux State Forest. Pine Grove Furnace began operating in 1764 to take...

Elizabethtown Connector Trail

PA - 0.3 miles

The first section of the Elizabethtown Connector Trail officially opened in May 2015. Although just shy of a mile this trail provides such beautiful scenery that you'll feel like you could stay...

Heritage Trail (PA)

PA - 1.1 miles

Part of the township's ongoing efforts to create a network of multi-use greenways, Manheim Twp.'s Heritage Trail begins at Valley Road and extends south, along the eastern boundary of Landis Woods to...

Accordion

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

MD - 19.5 miles

The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail is one of the best hiking and biking trails in the Mid-Atlantic region. It allows for nearly 20 miles of flat travel on the crushed-stone surface, punctuated by a number...

LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail

PA - 2 miles

The short, tranquil LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail follows its namesake creek closely, LeTort Spring Run, through a mix of deciduous trees and lowland marshes bristling with tall grasses and cattails....

Conestoga Greenway Trail

PA - 1 miles

This trail is not offically part of the Lancaster County Park system. It runs next to the Conestoga River at Sunnyside. The one end of the trail is at Lancaster County Central Park. Although there is...

Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail

PA - 4.1 miles

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...

Hanover Trolley Trail

PA - 3.5 miles

The Hanover Trolley Trail is being built along the 16-mile corridor of the York-Hanover Trolley Line that ran between the two cities in the early 1900s. Currently, about a quarter of that distance is...

Chambersburg Rail-Trail

PA - 1.2 miles

The Chambersburg Rail Trail is a 1.2 mile paved urban trail that connects neighborhoods just a few blocks west of the community's central business district. Starting at South Street, the trail...

Middle Creek Trail

PA - 1.3 miles

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...

Lykens Valley Rail Trail

PA - 9.2 miles

Lykens Valley Rail Trail is nearly half-way complete with 9 miles of trail open out of 20 miles planned. Those 9 miles are available in three disconnected segments. In Millersburg, a 0.4-mile segment...

Warwick Township Linear Park Trail

PA - 1.2 miles

A joint project of Warwick Township and Lititz borough, the Warwick Township. Linear Park extends from Market Street north, following the Santo Domingo Creek, to Newport Road. Although the asphalt...

Stony Valley Railroad Grade

PA - 21.5 miles

Originally named St. Anthony's Wilderness by Moravian missionaries who arrived in the colony in 1742 to convert Native tribes, the Stony Creek Valley became the site of five bustling towns after...

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

PA - 14.5 miles

The Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail takes you on a journey into Pennsylvania Dutch country. Running along the corridor of the old Cornwall-Lebanon Railroad, the 14.5-mile trail lets you experience the...

Enola Low Grade Trail

PA - 27.6 miles

The Enola Low-Grade Trail (formerly the Atglen-Susquehanna Trail) is open for nearly 29 miles in disconnected segments between the Susquehanna River and Atglen in southeastern Pennsylvania. It follows...

Swatara Rail-Trail

PA - 10 miles

The discovery of anthracite coal in the Tremont area of Pennsylvania shaped commerce and development well into the 1800s. The Union Canal was constructed in the 1820s to connect the Schuylkill and...

Mill Creek Trail (PA)

PA - 0.9 miles

Just short of a mile in length, the Mill Creek Trail follows the south bank of the stream for which it is named in the suburbs east of Lancaster. Paved with a surface of compact woodchips, the...

Penns Creek Path (Mid State Trail)

PA - 3.6 miles

Though little-known compared to other popular rail-trails in Pennsylvania, the Penns Creek Path is worth the effort of visiting for a scenic bike ride or hike in the forest. Pretty in all seasons, it...

Conewago Recreation Trail

PA - 5.1 miles

The Conewago Recreation Trail in northwestern Lancaster County parallels Conewago Creek over most of its length, as it passes through farmland and forests. A unit of the Lancaster County Department of...

Recent Trail Reviews

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

Great way to spend a Monday!

June, 2017 by ollied

Road a seven mile section of the Heritage Rail Trail (miles 15-8) today and was really impressed. It was my first time on this level and scenic trail. Lots to see and the trees provided great shade throughout the trip. It was a little busy in sections but overall it was an easy ride (ideal for my 10 year old). Definitely recommend this for people with kids who want a trail that is well-kept and thoroughly marked.

Conewago Recreation Trail

Lost the CROSSWALK....

June, 2017 by alipine

The former crosswalk across RT743 was paved over last fall.

Now difficult to cross highway. Larger stones on approach sort of force a dismount. Then trail users have lost the 'protection' of a painted crosswalk across the busy (fast) highway.

Overall the trails great. There are a few sections that need repair and there is a lack of facilities along the trail,

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

Temporary Trail Maintenance

June, 2017 by alipine

June 6th 2017 - In the past couple of weeks some serious trail maintenance has been taking place.

Last week went from Lawn to Lancaster County end. Most of trail surface had been scraped off and was being resurfaced. Temporarily very rough.

Today I went from Cornwall toward Mt Gretna. This portion of the trail had also been scraped for resurfacing. Again very rough at this time.

So I turned North toward Lebanon. I was on this section a couple of weeks ago. Since I was last there, the gravel surface has been resurfaced and was mostly very smooth and fast. A short section was paved with asphalt.

A PIPELINE is being across this section of trail. Digging has started but trail is open... for now.

Returning, I found the fresh gravel to be rough. It looks like a tractor tire made divots in the surface. I suspect the surface wasn't packed hard enough before the tractor was out mowing.

Went to the Lebanon end and took streets to UNION CANAL TUNNEL PARK and a bit further North onto Tunnel Hill Road and the Northern section of the park. The abandoned rail bed Goes under Tunnel Hill Road. There are plans to connect to the trail sections near Jonestown using the old railroad alignment.

Sunday June 4th, I visited Jonestown trail sections. North end is currently under Highway bridge for Route 22. South end is at a bridge across Swatara Creek. Bridge will be used to connect trail to Lebanon in the south.

Accordion

Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

trail improvements at both ends

June, 2017 by bikerbabe69

The trail has now been extended another mile or so into Shippensburg past the park, crosses a new bridge (the old hillside shortcut to Ship is still visible) and continues as a paved pathway adjacent to the university campus. The trail currently dead ends on a side street with no apparent signage, but it appears that restrooms and a parking area are under construction there. At the other end in Newville, a metal bridge was added and the trail continues to Rt 233, although there is no access there. Hopefully this is the start of the planned extension to Carlisle.

Stony Valley Railroad Grade

Rough but rideable

June, 2017 by dcar777

We were concerned that we might have trouble riding this trail with a hybrid and a street bike, so today we started at the western end and walked a few miles to check it out. It was a rougher trail than the typical rail-trail we're used to, but very rideable. Though most riders we saw were on mountain bikes or hybrids, we saw several people on street bikes and talked to a couple of them who said they had ridden the trail without trouble. The street bike riders were traveling more slowly than others, no doubt to avoid some significant pot holes and sharp rocks, but all of these were avoidable to anyone not racing on the trail.

Based on other reviews we were surprised to arrive at the trailhead at the same time as four other cars (there were 12 cars there altogether), but once we got onto the trail we only saw people a couple of times. It was very quiet (no traffic noise--a rarity) and very shaded; pleasant on a hot day. Next time we'll ride and I'll update my review if necessary.

The gravel road that leads to the Ellendale trailhead seemed long since we weren't familiar with it, but it ends at a large parking area at the trailhead, so you can't miss the trail. There are no port-a-johns or other conveniences there. That, and the roughness of the trail, led me to give it three stars at this point. If you like such trails or have a mountain bike, you might say it deserves more.

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

The trail starts in Columbia

June, 2017 by kshell

I have ridden this trail numerous times and I plan to ride it again tomorrow. It is as good as it gets. The description in traillink is somewhat misleading. The trail actually starts in Columbia. There is parking available and there is a visitors center with full facilities. The section from Columbia to Marietta is called the Susquehanna Heritage Trail. According to the description on the website there is no parking in Columbia but there is parking.

Swatara Rail-Trail

Great ride

May, 2017 by neilcannonjunk

Brought my 7 year old 9 year old 12 year old and they enjoyed the different trail surfaces. Was an easy ride with well-marked trails. We'll return and ride the loop trails off of the Swatara Trail.

Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

Heading West from Lewisburg

May, 2017 by jlongo2517

My wife and I rode the trail starting in Lewisburg heading west. Parking was easy to find from West Market Street and 15th Street. The trail's asphalt in Lewisburg then crushed stone heading West. Mostly rural farmland, a fair number of crossings toward Lewisburg. Nice farm country, quite a few working farms. We were pressed for time so we only rode about 7 miles west then turned around back to Lewisburg. A nice ride!

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Beautiful trail, Be careful of psedo-Tour De France training riders

April, 2017 by jerandvic

Absolutely beautiful trail. A real treasure, and many thanks to those who made this trail possible. Its a real historical and relaxing place for people to ride, and experience the rich history of this region in Pennsylvania.
The only draw back that I have seen, today especially is an arrogant, speed demon of a biker, worried more about cadence, heart beats per minute, and his so called exercise regimen, and in turn just about ran down numerous people. This should be addressed on the trail via, signs, or warnings that for speed training, etc, watch out for the elderly, small kids on bikes, babies in strollers. If your looking to do that kind of riding, the terrain, and elevation is not the place anyway.
All in all an enjoyable ride, one of the best, and plan on coming back, but the dude, in the green jersey, riding like he is trying to win a trophy, just about ruined it for me. If he caused a crash, or injured someone this trail would be in trouble for ages to come.

Enola Low Grade Trail

Colemanville to SafeHarbor

April, 2017 by awork3

My family and some other youth rode from Colmanville Church Rd to the SafeHarbor Dam - nearly 6 miles round trip. The trail was in good shape. Some of the recent stone patching has not packed down. This posed problems for some of our less experienced riders, but my eight year old did well through it. As you cross Green Hill Rd you get some nice elevated views of the Susquehanna. There was a port-a-potty on the trail; probably for the rock climbers we encountered. All in all a good trail. No shade, but we had a beautiful day.

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

awesome trail!

April, 2017 by lizziewl2

Nice scenery and even sturdy path!

Swatara Rail-Trail

great place to bike & hike

April, 2017 by hetbuffsyourhood

trails are maintained nicely & well marked. we have hiked & biked here. will definitely return.

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