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Length
Surfaces
Type

Anacostia River Trail

12 mi
State: DC, MD
Asphalt

Anacostia Tributary Trail System

29.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

B&A Trail

13.3 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

BWI Trail

12.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Bethesda Trolley Trail

4 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Black Hill Trail

4.3 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Dirt

Bluemont Junction Trail

1.3 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Brentwood Levee Trail

0.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Broad Street Greenway

0.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Concrete

Broadneck Peninsula Trail

1.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Cameron Station Linear Park

1 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Canning House Run Trail

0.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Capital Crescent Trail

12.7 mi
State: DC, MD
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Carl Henn Millennium Trail

10.7 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Concrete

Catonsville Short Line Trail

1.4 mi
State: MD
Dirt, Gravel

Charles Bailey Trail

2.5 mi
State: DE, PA
Dirt

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

184.5 mi
State: DC, MD
Brick, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail

1.4 mi
State: MD
Boardwalk

Cross County Trail (VA)

40 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Accordion

Cross Island Trail

6.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Custis Trail

4 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Downs Park Trail

5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Dirt

Easton Rails-to-Trails

2.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Eisenhower Avenue Trail

2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Enola Low Grade Trail

29.15 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Folly Branch Trail

2.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Fort Circle Park Hiker-Biker Trail

7 mi
State: DC
Dirt, Gravel

Four Mile Run Trail

6.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Georgia Avenue Trail

1.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Goldmine Loop Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Dirt

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Gwynns Falls Trail

18.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Hanover Trolley Trail

3.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Henson Creek Trail

5.7 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

27.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Herring Run Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Dirt

Hollow Creek Greenway

1.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Holmes Run Trail

5.2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Indian Creek Trail (MD)

1.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Intercounty Connector Trail

8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Ireland Drive Trail

1.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

James F. Hall Trail

1.8 mi
State: DE
Asphalt

John Overstreet Connector

1.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Jones Falls Trail

11.1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Kent Island South Trail

5.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Klingle Valley Trail

0.7 mi
State: DC
Asphalt

Lake Artemesia Trail

1.35 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Lake Frank Trail

1.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Little Falls Trail (MD)

2.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Little Jersey Trail

8.1 mi
State: DE
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Little Paint Branch Trail

1.1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Lone Wolf Trail

1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Long Branch Trail (MD)

1.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

MA & PA Heritage Trail

5.1 mi
State: MD
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt

MacArthur Boulevard Bike Path

8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Magruder Branch Trail

3.45 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Marvin Gaye Trail

1.9 mi
State: DC
Asphalt

Matthew Henson Trail

4.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Metro Linear Park

0.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Metropolitan Branch Trail

4 mi
State: DC, MD
Asphalt

Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail

12.4 mi
State: DE
Asphalt

Mount Airy Rail-Trail

0.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

Mount Vernon Trail

18 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Newark Reservoir Trail

1.8 mi
State: DE
Asphalt

Northwest Branch Trail

15.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Dirt

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

14.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Number Eight Streetcar Path

0.33 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

Oxon Run Trail

3.4 mi
State: DC
Asphalt

Patuxent Branch Trail

4.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

PennDel Trail

5.4 mi
State: DE, PA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail

4.4 mi
State: DE
Asphalt, Gravel

Poplar Trail

0.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Potomac Yard Trail

2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Powerline Trail (MD)

6 mi
State: MD
Dirt, Grass

Red Lion Mile

1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail

3.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Rock Creek Park Trails

8.5 mi
State: DC
Asphalt, Dirt

Rock Creek Trail (MD)

16 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Savage Mill Trail

1.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Sligo Creek Trail

10.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Smyrna-Clayton Bike Path

1.5 mi
State: DE
Asphalt

South Shore Trail

1.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Springlawn Trail

2.1 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

St. Michaels Nature Trail

1.3 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Stony Run Trail

2.9 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips

Strawberry Lake Way Bicycle Path

2.2 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Suitland Parkway Trail

1.7 mi
State: DC
Asphalt

Swamp Forest Trail

6.4 mi
State: DE
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

19.7 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Trolley Line #9 Trail

1.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Twinbrook Connector Trail

0.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Vesper Trail

0.4 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

WB&A Trail

13.1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Wayne Gilchrest Trail

2.1 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

West Campus Access Road Trail

0.4 mi
State: DC
Concrete

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail

3.3 mi
State: MD, VA
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Winding along its eponymous river, the Anacostia River Trail (also known as the Anacostia Riverwalk) is a gem of a trail in southeast Washington, D.C.—a vital recreation and active-transportation...
DC, MD 12 mi Asphalt
The Anacostia Tributary Trail System includes a number of trails linked together and managed by the National Park Service. The trail include: the Anacostia River Trail, the Northwest Branch Trail, the...
MD 29.9 mi Asphalt
You can augment your physical exercise with a mental workout on the paved B&A Trail, a 13-mile rail-trail that connects the Chesapeake Bay cities of Baltimore and Annapolis. Along with extensive...
MD 13.3 mi Asphalt
The 11-mile BWI Trail was primarily designed for area commuters; however, the trail also makes for a great recreation venue. Despite being close to BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport, much of the trail is...
MD 12.5 mi Asphalt
Maryland's Ben Cardin C&D Canal Recreational Trail links to Delaware's Michael Castle Trail; both run along the north bank of the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal and meet at the state line. The...
MD 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Bethesda Trolley Trail—also known as the North Bethesda Trail—is a 4-mile path linking Bethesda and North Bethesda, primarily by bridging two major highways. The trail occupies the abandoned...
MD 4 mi Asphalt
Black Hill Trail offers a wooded trek with gentle inclines through Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The trail is primarily paved, though a short section in...
MD 4.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Bluemont Junction Trail is a short paved trail that branches off from the popular Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) in the heart of Arlington. The trail was built on a spur line that once...
VA 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Town of Brentwood is tucked between Mt Rainier & Hyattsville in Prince George's County, Maryland. This short stretch of paved trail sits on the crest of a levee along the south bank of the...
MD 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Broad Street Greenway in York is anchored by the Alexander D. Goode Middle School at one end and Hannah Penn Middle School at the other. The bike-ped corridor parallels Broad Street in the heart...
PA 0.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Broadneck Peninsula Trail is 1.2 miles of asphalt walking and biking pathway in east Annapolis. The trail runs parallel to College Parkway, from Green Holly Drive to Old Cape St. Claire Road,...
MD 1.2 mi Asphalt
Cameron Station Linear Park is the quintessential neighborhood trail. Located in Alexandria, a suburb of Washington, D.C., it offers a pleasant paved pathway frequented by joggers, dog walkers,...
VA 1 mi Asphalt
Nearly a mile in length, the Canning House Run Trail extends from the entrance to the Perryville boat ramp south along the west side of Roundhouse Drive to the historic Rodgers Tavern at the...
MD 0.8 mi Asphalt
Detour Notice: As of September 2017, the Capital Crescent Trail east of downtown Bethesda was closed due to the construction of the Purple Line light-rail system. It is estimated that the reopening of...
DC, MD 12.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Carl Henn Millennium Trail is Rockville's bicycle beltway. The 10-mile trail creates a circle around the city, providing a safe and convenient way to get around town or enjoy a leisurely...
MD 10.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Catonsville Short Line Trail follows a segment of the former Catonsville Short Line Railroad, which ran from Charlestown to Catonsville. As of 2018, the trail runs between Shady Nook Avenue and...
MD 1.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
Traversing the Delaware/Pennsylvania border along the scenic White Clay Creek, the Charles Bailey Trail offers a pleasant, wooded hike for those willing to travel somewhat off the beaten path. The...
DE, PA 2.5 mi Dirt
Following the Potomac River, the C&O Canal Towpath traverses the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park for 184.5 miles be-tween Georgetown in Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, Maryland. For...
DC, MD 184.5 mi Brick, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Between 1900 and 1935, the Chesapeake Beach Railway whisked vacationers from Washington, DC, to the grand hotels, beaches and boardwalk of the resort town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Now tourists...
MD 1.4 mi Boardwalk
The Cross County Trail is a multi-use trail that generally follows the various stream valleys in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is officially named the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail in recognition...
VA 40 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Accordion
Explore the best of the Eastern Shore on Queen Anne’s County’s Cross Island Trail, which runs the width of Kent Island from east to west, stretching between two nature parks. With many access points...
MD 6.5 mi Asphalt
The Custis Trail is a popular urban route that links Virginia's D.C. suburbs with the District itself, connecting to both the W&OD Railroad Regional Park Trail at the latter's 4-mile marker and the...
VA 4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Downs Park Trail is located in Downs Park on the Chesapeake Bay just north of Gibson Island. The 3.5-mile perimeter trail is paved, popular for walkers and cyclists alike, and an additional 1.5 miles...
MD 5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Easton Rails to Trails runs from Dutchmans Lane in southern Easton, Maryland, to North Easton Park—a large sports complex—over 2.5 miles away. The trail opened in 1998 and has been a popular local...
MD 2.5 mi Asphalt
Although it parallels Eisenhower Avenue, this paved pathway is not without its charms. On its west end, Alexandria's Eisenhower Avenue Trail begins in Hensley Park, which offers plentiful parking and...
VA 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Caution: On April 12, 2018, a fire severely damaged the Martic Forge Trestle, which runs over Pequea Creek and River Road on the Enola Low Grade Trail. Access to the trail going west from the Route...
PA 29.15 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
A winding line of asphalt meanders between Glenn Dale Park in Lanham to Annapolis Road. The trail is sheltered amongst the riparian woodland of Folly Branch. At the north end of the trail can be...
MD 2.9 mi Asphalt
Washington, D.C.'s Fort Circle Park Hiker-Biker Trail links some of the District's dozens of Civil War era forts (now national parks) that were built to defend the city from attack by the southern...
DC 7 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Four Mile Run Trail traverses the Four Mile Run stream valley and has many twists and turns, not to mention steep sections (mercifully short). The trail more or less parallels the popular W&OD...
VA 6.2 mi Asphalt
This paved path parallels Georgia Avenue along the west side, and provides easy access to the Intercounty Connector Trail (ICC Trail).  Starting at the southern endpoint, the trail follows Georgia...
MD 1.2 mi Asphalt
Tucked in the meandering, wooded hills of the sprawling yet understated multimillion-dollar estates of Great Falls, just outside Washington, D.C., is the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic...
MD 2.5 mi Dirt
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Grist Mill Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park course for 2.5 miles through the heavily wooded park between Ilchester Road and Lost Lake. The trail is gentle and wheelchair accessible. It passes...
MD 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Gwynns Falls Trail is a nearly 19-mile continuous corridor that winds through dozens of west and southwest Baltimore neighborhoods, parks, and historical and cultural landmarks and the urban...
MD 18.9 mi Asphalt, 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
Visitors to the Henson Creek Trail in the sprawling suburbs of southwestern Prince George’s County may be surprised by the extent of woodlands and open space along this corridor that lies just outside...
MD 5.7 mi Asphalt
Heritage Rail Trail County Park (HRT), along with the connecting Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail that continues south through Maryland, are in Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Hall of Fame. Both trails follow...
PA 27.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The 2.5-mile Herring Run Trail is a neighborhood gem that runs through Herring Run Park, a scenic 375-acre stream-valley oasis in Northeast Baltimore. This loop trail, bordered by Harford Road to the...
MD 2.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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 Holmes Run Trail offers a scenic pathway through the heart of a busy residential area in Alexandria and adjoining Fairfax County, both suburbs of Washington, D.C. The trail, which is divided into...
VA 5.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Maryland's Indian Creek Trail is one of the shorter components of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, but it serves as a vital link between the town of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, and scenic Lake...
MD 1.5 mi Asphalt
Maryland's Intercounty Connector Trail serves as an important commuting route across Montgomery County and Prince George's County. It gets its name from the Intercounty Connector (also known as State...
MD 8 mi Asphalt
Curving around the perimeter of the Army's Forest Glen Annex, the paved portion of the Ireland Trail is 1.5 miles and winds through the woods, making for a pleasant and scenic excursion into nature....
MD 1.5 mi Asphalt
The James F. Hall Trail, named for the City of Newark’s late parks and recreation director, packs a lot into a short stretch. Its paved surface is great for bicycling, inline skating, and stroller and...
DE 1.8 mi Asphalt
The John Overstreet Connector is a 1.5-mile trail segment that links the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail and BWI Trail. The short—but vital—trail is named after Overstreet, a retiree from Glen Burnie,...
MD 1.5 mi Asphalt
Running north to south for 11 miles along the Jones Falls Stream Valley, the Jones Falls Trail is one of the Baltimore region’s premier urban trails. Combining pristine forested stream valleys and...
MD 11.1 mi Asphalt
The Kent Island South Trail is one of two popular recreational trails on Maryland’s Kent Island, the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay (the other is the Cross Island Trail). The trail runs parallel...
MD 5.8 mi Asphalt
The Klingle Valley Trail spans just shy of a mile in a leafy, residential area of northwest Washington, DC. The trail opened in June 2017 and is accessible to the neighborhoods of Cleveland Park,...
DC 0.7 mi Asphalt
The Lake Artemesia Trail—one component of the larger Anacostia Tributary Trail System—completely encircles its scenic eponymous lake in Prince George's County, Maryland. The trail is also a great...
MD 1.35 mi Asphalt
Lake Frank is a 54-acre reservoir located in the heart of Rock Creek Regional Park in Derwood, east of Rockville. The reservoir, together with Lake Needwood was created for flood control and was named...
MD 1.8 mi Asphalt
Little Falls Trail is a hike-and-bike pathway in Montgomery County, Maryland. Winding through parks and along creeks, the trail runs parallel to the popular Capital Crescent Trail for part of its...
MD 2.2 mi Asphalt
The Little Jersey Trail loops through Lums Pond State Park on a wide, packed earth surface that accommodates hikers, cyclists and equestrians. The trail is the longer of two loops; the Swamp Forest...
DE 8.1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
This bike and pedestrian path threads through the park of the same name. The trail exists in 2 sections: the northern segment begins in the Fairland Recreational Park and winds south, eventually...
MD 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Lone Wolf Trail is a 1-mile trail in Anne Arundel County Maryland. The trail is connected to two already existing trails: The Strawberry Lake Way Bicycle Path, and the WB&A Trail. Although the...
MD 1 mi Asphalt
The Long Branch Trail is a neighborhood trail tracing the Long Branch Creek beginning at its confluence with Sligo Creek in Takoma Park, to Piney Branch Road in Long Branch. The trail is an easy ride:...
MD 1.2 mi Asphalt
Maryland's Susquehanna State Park is recognized for challenging hiking and biking trails, camping facilities, rock outcroppings, boating, a museum and restored historical sites. But none of these...
MD 2.5 mi Crushed Stone
The MA & PA Heritage Trail is not your typical rail-trail. Named for the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad, which chugged through the Harford County countryside for the first half of the 20th...
MD 5.1 mi Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The MacArthur Boulevard Bike Path follows the winding road through the communities of Bethesda and Potomac, just north of Washington, DC. Along the way, the path passes shops in Cabin John and Glen...
MD 8 mi Asphalt
This 3.45-mile paved trail follows the Magruder Branch creek, beginning at the Damascus Recreational Park on Kings Valley Road. It’s a relatively flat trail for most of its length, barring the steeper...
MD 3.45 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Marvin Gaye Trail offers a paved pathway through the Deanwood, Burville, Lincoln Heights, and Hillbrook neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Just shy of 2 miles, it runs from Minnesota Avenue NE, near...
DC 1.9 mi Asphalt
The Matthew Henson Trail runs along a paved surface (rough in places from tree roots) through a narrow band of forested green space between the Rock Creek Trail just south of Veirs Road and Alderton...
MD 4.5 mi Asphalt
This short rail-with-trail is short but makes some pretty significant connections: it links the King Street and Braddock Road metro stations. It also connects to the Potomac Yard Trail, helping to...
VA 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT)—a former piece of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O)—serves as a heartbeat of the capital, serving thousands of commuters and recreational trail users as it...
DC, MD 4 mi Asphalt
The Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail offers a scenic 12.4-mile route along the north shore of the Chesa­peake and Delaware Canal in northern Delaware. The popular trail is named after the former...
DE 12.4 mi Asphalt
CLOSED UNTIL AUGUST 2022 FOR UPGRADING. The Mount Airy Rail-Trail will one day span nearly 4 miles across the town of Mount Airy and through a scenic, wooded area. The first completed section of the...
MD 0.5 mi Crushed Stone
The 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail is one of the Washington, D.C., metro area’s most popular trails, passing through park sites, yacht clubs, wet-lands, neighborhoods, towns, and wooded acres. Just across...
VA 18 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Situated on hilly land on the northern edge of Newark, the Newark Reservoir was built in 2006 to capture water from the nearby White Clay Creek watershed - and thanks to the paved Newark Reservoir...
DE 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Northeast Branch Trail, Lake Artemesia Trail, and Paint Branch Trail combine to form an 8.3-mile segment of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System in Prince George’s County. Connecting in the south...
MD 8.3 mi Asphalt
The Northwest Branch Trail travels a sylvan setting through a string of parks in the Maryland suburbs northeast of Washington, D.C. The 15.8-mile greenway connects the commercial-residential centers...
MD 15.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Northwest Lancaster County River Trail follows the route of the historic Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, tracing the Susquehanna River northwest from Columbia to Falmouth. The entire trail is paved....
PA 14.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The #8 Streetcar Path runs just a short distance (0.33 mile) along part of the route of the former streetcar system that once ran between Catonsville and Ellicott City. The streetcar operated from...
MD 0.33 mi Crushed Stone
Oxon Run is the name of a tributary of the Potomac River in southeast DC, which lends its name to both the trail system and park in which the trail loop is found. The trail on both sides of the...
DC 3.4 mi Asphalt
Maryland is home to two Paint Branch Trails, this one in Montgomery County and another farther south in Prince George's County. This Paint Branch Trail offers a well-shaded, paved pathway...
MD 2.3 mi Asphalt
Prince George's County's Paint Branch Trail (not to be confused with Montgomery County's Paint Branch Trail farther north) runs for 3.5 miles between Lake Artemesia and Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park...
MD 3.5 mi Asphalt
Whether by wheel or foot, many off-road trips in southern Howard County involve the Patuxent Branch Trail. Opened in 1997, the 4.5-mile regional trail connects to an extensive network of local trails...
MD 4.5 mi Asphalt
Also known as the Creek Road Trail from its origin road in Delaware, the PennDel Trail extends north from a connection with the Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail in White Clay Creek State Park. The scenic...
DE, PA 5.4 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail offers urban connections to the University of Delaware campus, Newark Shopping Center, DART Transit Hub and the downtown area, as well as the recreational amenities...
DE 4.4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Annapolis' Poplar Trail runs for nearly 1 mile on a section of the old Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis right-of-way in the heart of Maryland's capital city. Although short, the trail is a vital part...
MD 0.9 mi Asphalt
Providing an important urban link between the Crystal City area of Arlington and the western edge of historical Alexandria, the Potomac Yard Trail is a huge boon to the area for commuting as well as...
VA 2 mi Asphalt
This trail traces a hilly green swath located in a Pepco electric utility right-of-way that stretches between South Gernmantown Recreational Park and Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park. It's a natural...
MD 6 mi Dirt, Grass
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
The Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail provides a safe pathway for students, from kindergartners to doctoral candidates, to walk and bike to school in College Park, Riverdale Park and Hyattsville. The...
MD 3.8 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: The District Department of Transportation and the National Park Service are working on a construction project that began in March 2021 and will affect much of the southern segment of...
DC 8.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Rock Creek Trail forms a winding path, at times narrow, through the urban greenway of Rock Creek Regional Park. The trail extends between Needwood Lake northeast of Rockville, MD, and the Washington,...
MD 16 mi Asphalt
Only a mile long, the Savage Mill Trail rolls through a significant piece of Howard County’s industrial heritage as it crosses the grounds of an old textile mill complex on the Little Patuxent River....
MD 1.2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The bustling D.C. metro area seems light-years away from the parklands bordering the Sligo Creek Trail in the Maryland suburbs northeast of the city. The paved stream-valley trail follows the...
MD 10.2 mi Asphalt
Providing over a mile of trail between the Kent County communities of Smyrna and Clayton, the Smyrna-Clayton Bike Path is a nifty recreational asset that offers a nice path for outdoor exercise as...
DE 1.5 mi Asphalt
The developing South Shore Trail will one day stretch 14 miles between Annapolis and Odenton. It's also part of the larger East Coast Greenway, a widespread network connecting trails from Maine to...
MD 1.9 mi Asphalt
The Springlawn Trail travels on what was once Springlawn Road, connecting Chesterville Road (Rt. 841) and Strickersville Road. The 2-mile trail is comprised of dirt and gravel and makes for a good...
PA 2.1 mi Dirt, Gravel
The St. Michaels Nature Trail skirts the western edge of the scenic town of St. Michaels, Maryland, which was built on the site of a 17th century Anglican church that eventually lent the settlement...
MD 1.3 mi Asphalt
Baltimore’s Stony Run Trail follows an old Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad line through nearly 3 miles of wooded stream valleys and small parks, providing a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle...
MD 2.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips
The Strawberry Lake Way Bicycle Path is a 2.2 mile trail that is located between Laurel and Annapolis in Anne Arundel County Maryland. The trail starts at Piney Orchard Elementary School, and ends at...
MD 2.2 mi Asphalt
The Suitland Parkway trail is a short paved multi-use path that runs adjacent to Suitland Parkway in SE D.C. to the border with Maryland. Proposed construction may extend the trail to the Branch...
DC 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Swamp Forest Trail loops through Lums Pond State Park on a packed earth surface that accommodates hikers and cyclists. The trail is the shorter of two loops; the Little Jersey Trail runs closer to...
DE 6.4 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts because of its proximity to populous Baltimore and its relatively flat course, which winds along river valleys through...
MD 19.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The first thing you may notice about the Trolley Line #9 Trail is the boardwalk that curves between the bluffs of massive rock. The granite was hand cut in the 1890s when the electric streetcar rails...
MD 1.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Formerly known as the Parklawn North Trail, this path provides a bike-ped connection from the Twinbrook neighborhood to the Rock Creek Trail. The paved trail begins at the end of Rock Creek Mill Road,...
MD 0.8 mi Asphalt
The Vesper Trail, which opened in 2019, serves as a short but important connector between Tysons and northern Vienna. The pathway spans 0.4 miles between the Spring Hill Metro Station (on the Silver...
VA 0.4 mi Asphalt
Central Maryland's WB&A Trail occupies the former Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Electric Railway corridor—hence its name—for its entire route. The railroad operated electric commuter trains...
MD 13.1 mi Asphalt
The Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD), one of suburban Washington, D.C.’s most popular rail-­trails, is a fantastic link between the state’s rural and historical past and the nation’s capital....
VA 45 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Wayne Gilchrest Trail offers a scenic off-road route across historical Chestertown on the Eastern Shore, connecting Wilmer Park on the Chester River with Washington College on the north side of...
MD 2.1 mi Asphalt
The West Campus Access Road Trail, the newest rail-trail in Washington, D.C., travels through the sprawling former campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital, now set to become the new home of the Department...
DC 0.4 mi Concrete
The Windsor Hills Conservation Trail is a short hiking trail through the Windsor Hills neighborhood of Baltimore. Built partially on a former streetcar line that once connected the area with the...
MD 0.9 mi Dirt
The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail provides a superb link between Alexandria, VA, and Maryland's National Harbor over the Potomac River. This well-used trail crosses on the up-river side of the bridge...
MD, VA 3.3 mi Concrete

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MacArthur Boulevard Bike Path

MD - 8 miles

The MacArthur Boulevard Bike Path follows the winding road through the communities of Bethesda and Potomac, just north of Washington, DC. Along the way, the path passes shops in Cabin John and Glen...

Anacostia River Trail

DC,MD - 12 miles

Winding along its eponymous river, the Anacostia River Trail (also known as the Anacostia Riverwalk) is a gem of a trail in southeast Washington, D.C.—a vital recreation and active-transportation...

Mount Airy Rail-Trail

MD - 0.5 miles

CLOSED UNTIL AUGUST 2022 FOR UPGRADING. The Mount Airy Rail-Trail will one day span nearly 4 miles across the town of Mount Airy and through a scenic, wooded area. The first completed section of the...

Bluemont Junction Trail

VA - 1.3 miles

The Bluemont Junction Trail is a short paved trail that branches off from the popular Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) in the heart of Arlington. The trail was built on a spur line that once...

Accordion

Stony Run Trail

MD - 2.9 miles

Baltimore’s Stony Run Trail follows an old Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad line through nearly 3 miles of wooded stream valleys and small parks, providing a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle...

Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail

MD - 1.4 miles

Between 1900 and 1935, the Chesapeake Beach Railway whisked vacationers from Washington, DC, to the grand hotels, beaches and boardwalk of the resort town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Now tourists...

Jones Falls Trail

MD - 11.1 miles

Running north to south for 11 miles along the Jones Falls Stream Valley, the Jones Falls Trail is one of the Baltimore region’s premier urban trails. Combining pristine forested stream valleys and...

West Campus Access Road Trail

DC - 0.4 miles

The West Campus Access Road Trail, the newest rail-trail in Washington, D.C., travels through the sprawling former campus of St. Elizabeths Hospital, now set to become the new home of the Department...

Grist Mill Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park

MD - 2.5 miles

The Grist Mill Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park course for 2.5 miles through the heavily wooded park between Ilchester Road and Lost Lake. The trail is gentle and wheelchair accessible. It passes...

Easton Rails-to-Trails

MD - 2.5 miles

The Easton Rails to Trails runs from Dutchmans Lane in southern Easton, Maryland, to North Easton Park—a large sports complex—over 2.5 miles away. The trail opened in 1998 and has been a popular local...

Klingle Valley Trail

DC - 0.7 miles

The Klingle Valley Trail spans just shy of a mile in a leafy, residential area of northwest Washington, DC. The trail opened in June 2017 and is accessible to the neighborhoods of Cleveland Park,...

Great American Rail-Trail

DC,IA,ID,IL,IN,MD,MT,NE,OH,PA,WA,WV,WY - 3743.9 miles

Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...

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...

Marvin Gaye Trail

DC - 1.9 miles

The Marvin Gaye Trail offers a paved pathway through the Deanwood, Burville, Lincoln Heights, and Hillbrook neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Just shy of 2 miles, it runs from Minnesota Avenue NE, near...

MA & PA Heritage Trail

MD - 5.1 miles

The MA & PA Heritage Trail is not your typical rail-trail. Named for the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad, which chugged through the Harford County countryside for the first half of the 20th...

Strawberry Lake Way Bicycle Path

MD - 2.2 miles

The Strawberry Lake Way Bicycle Path is a 2.2 mile trail that is located between Laurel and Annapolis in Anne Arundel County Maryland. The trail starts at Piney Orchard Elementary School, and ends at...

Wayne Gilchrest Trail

MD - 2.1 miles

The Wayne Gilchrest Trail offers a scenic off-road route across historical Chestertown on the Eastern Shore, connecting Wilmer Park on the Chester River with Washington College on the north side of...

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

PA - 14.1 miles

The Northwest Lancaster County River Trail follows the route of the historic Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, tracing the Susquehanna River northwest from Columbia to Falmouth. The entire trail is paved....

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...

Oxon Run Trail

DC - 3.4 miles

Oxon Run is the name of a tributary of the Potomac River in southeast DC, which lends its name to both the trail system and park in which the trail loop is found. The trail on both sides of the...

St. Michaels Nature Trail

MD - 1.3 miles

The St. Michaels Nature Trail skirts the western edge of the scenic town of St. Michaels, Maryland, which was built on the site of a 17th century Anglican church that eventually lent the settlement...

PennDel Trail

DE,PA - 5.4 miles

Also known as the Creek Road Trail from its origin road in Delaware, the PennDel Trail extends north from a connection with the Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail in White Clay Creek State Park. The scenic...

Potomac Yard Trail

VA - 2 miles

Providing an important urban link between the Crystal City area of Arlington and the western edge of historical Alexandria, the Potomac Yard Trail is a huge boon to the area for commuting as well as...

James F. Hall Trail

DE - 1.8 miles

The James F. Hall Trail, named for the City of Newark’s late parks and recreation director, packs a lot into a short stretch. Its paved surface is great for bicycling, inline skating, and stroller and...

Accordion

Ben Cardin C&D Canal Recreational Trail

MD - 1.8 miles

Maryland's Ben Cardin C&D Canal Recreational Trail links to Delaware's Michael Castle Trail; both run along the north bank of the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal and meet at the state line. The...

Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail

DE - 12.4 miles

The Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail offers a scenic 12.4-mile route along the north shore of the Chesa­peake and Delaware Canal in northern Delaware. The popular trail is named after the former...

Paint Branch Trail (Montgomery County)

MD - 2.3 miles

Maryland is home to two Paint Branch Trails, this one in Montgomery County and another farther south in Prince George's County. This Paint Branch Trail offers a well-shaded, paved pathway...

Bethesda Trolley Trail

MD - 4 miles

The Bethesda Trolley Trail—also known as the North Bethesda Trail—is a 4-mile path linking Bethesda and North Bethesda, primarily by bridging two major highways. The trail occupies the abandoned...

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail

MD,VA - 3.3 miles

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail provides a superb link between Alexandria, VA, and Maryland's National Harbor over the Potomac River. This well-used trail crosses on the up-river side of the bridge...

Gwynns Falls Trail

MD - 18.9 miles

The Gwynns Falls Trail is a nearly 19-mile continuous corridor that winds through dozens of west and southwest Baltimore neighborhoods, parks, and historical and cultural landmarks and the urban...

Newark Reservoir Trail

DE - 1.8 miles

Situated on hilly land on the northern edge of Newark, the Newark Reservoir was built in 2006 to capture water from the nearby White Clay Creek watershed - and thanks to the paved Newark Reservoir...

Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail

MD - 1.4 miles

Between 1900 and 1935, the Chesapeake Beach Railway whisked vacationers from Washington, DC, to the grand hotels, beaches and boardwalk of the resort town of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Now tourists...

Magruder Branch Trail

MD - 3.45 miles

This 3.45-mile paved trail follows the Magruder Branch creek, beginning at the Damascus Recreational Park on Kings Valley Road. It’s a relatively flat trail for most of its length, barring the steeper...

John Overstreet Connector

MD - 1.5 miles

The John Overstreet Connector is a 1.5-mile trail segment that links the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail and BWI Trail. The short—but vital—trail is named after Overstreet, a retiree from Glen Burnie,...

WB&A Trail

MD - 13.1 miles

Central Maryland's WB&A Trail occupies the former Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Electric Railway corridor—hence its name—for its entire route. The railroad operated electric commuter trains...

Matthew Henson Trail

MD - 4.5 miles

The Matthew Henson Trail runs along a paved surface (rough in places from tree roots) through a narrow band of forested green space between the Rock Creek Trail just south of Veirs Road and Alderton...

Goldmine Loop Trail

MD - 2.5 miles

Tucked in the meandering, wooded hills of the sprawling yet understated multimillion-dollar estates of Great Falls, just outside Washington, D.C., is the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic...

Georgia Avenue Trail

MD - 1.2 miles

This paved path parallels Georgia Avenue along the west side, and provides easy access to the Intercounty Connector Trail (ICC Trail).  Starting at the southern endpoint, the trail follows Georgia...

Bluemont Junction Trail

VA - 1.3 miles

The Bluemont Junction Trail is a short paved trail that branches off from the popular Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) in the heart of Arlington. The trail was built on a spur line that once...

Enola Low Grade Trail

PA - 29.15 miles

Caution: On April 12, 2018, a fire severely damaged the Martic Forge Trestle, which runs over Pequea Creek and River Road on the Enola Low Grade Trail. Access to the trail going west from the Route...

Downs Park Trail

MD - 5 miles

Downs Park Trail is located in Downs Park on the Chesapeake Bay just north of Gibson Island. The 3.5-mile perimeter trail is paved, popular for walkers and cyclists alike, and an additional 1.5 miles...

Little Falls Trail (MD)

MD - 2.2 miles

Little Falls Trail is a hike-and-bike pathway in Montgomery County, Maryland. Winding through parks and along creeks, the trail runs parallel to the popular Capital Crescent Trail for part of its...

John Overstreet Connector

MD - 1.5 miles

The John Overstreet Connector is a 1.5-mile trail segment that links the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail and BWI Trail. The short—but vital—trail is named after Overstreet, a retiree from Glen Burnie,...

Catonsville Short Line Trail

MD - 1.4 miles

The Catonsville Short Line Trail follows a segment of the former Catonsville Short Line Railroad, which ran from Charlestown to Catonsville. As of 2018, the trail runs between Shady Nook Avenue and...

Accordion

Black Hill Trail

MD - 4.3 miles

Black Hill Trail offers a wooded trek with gentle inclines through Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The trail is primarily paved, though a short section in...

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...

PennDel Trail

DE,PA - 5.4 miles

Also known as the Creek Road Trail from its origin road in Delaware, the PennDel Trail extends north from a connection with the Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail in White Clay Creek State Park. The scenic...

Eisenhower Avenue Trail

VA - 2 miles

Although it parallels Eisenhower Avenue, this paved pathway is not without its charms. On its west end, Alexandria's Eisenhower Avenue Trail begins in Hensley Park, which offers plentiful parking and...

St. Michaels Nature Trail

MD - 1.3 miles

The St. Michaels Nature Trail skirts the western edge of the scenic town of St. Michaels, Maryland, which was built on the site of a 17th century Anglican church that eventually lent the settlement...

Savage Mill Trail

MD - 1.2 miles

Only a mile long, the Savage Mill Trail rolls through a significant piece of Howard County’s industrial heritage as it crosses the grounds of an old textile mill complex on the Little Patuxent River....

Springlawn Trail

PA - 2.1 miles

The Springlawn Trail travels on what was once Springlawn Road, connecting Chesterville Road (Rt. 841) and Strickersville Road. The 2-mile trail is comprised of dirt and gravel and makes for a good...

Paint Branch Trail (Prince George's County)

MD - 3.5 miles

Prince George's County's Paint Branch Trail (not to be confused with Montgomery County's Paint Branch Trail farther north) runs for 3.5 miles between Lake Artemesia and Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park...

Cross County Trail (VA)

VA - 40 miles

The Cross County Trail is a multi-use trail that generally follows the various stream valleys in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is officially named the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail in recognition...

Ireland Drive Trail

MD - 1.5 miles

Curving around the perimeter of the Army's Forest Glen Annex, the paved portion of the Ireland Trail is 1.5 miles and winds through the woods, making for a pleasant and scenic excursion into nature....

Metro Linear Park

VA - 0.5 miles

This short rail-with-trail is short but makes some pretty significant connections: it links the King Street and Braddock Road metro stations. It also connects to the Potomac Yard Trail, helping to...

Kent Island South Trail

MD - 5.8 miles

The Kent Island South Trail is one of two popular recreational trails on Maryland’s Kent Island, the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay (the other is the Cross Island Trail). The trail runs parallel...

Wayne Gilchrest Trail

MD - 2.1 miles

The Wayne Gilchrest Trail offers a scenic off-road route across historical Chestertown on the Eastern Shore, connecting Wilmer Park on the Chester River with Washington College on the north side of...

Bluemont Junction Trail

VA - 1.3 miles

The Bluemont Junction Trail is a short paved trail that branches off from the popular Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) in the heart of Arlington. The trail was built on a spur line that once...

Charles Bailey Trail

DE,PA - 2.5 miles

Traversing the Delaware/Pennsylvania border along the scenic White Clay Creek, the Charles Bailey Trail offers a pleasant, wooded hike for those willing to travel somewhat off the beaten path. The...

Canning House Run Trail

MD - 0.8 miles

Nearly a mile in length, the Canning House Run Trail extends from the entrance to the Perryville boat ramp south along the west side of Roundhouse Drive to the historic Rodgers Tavern at the...

Recent Trail Reviews

Holmes Run Trail

Still closed!!

June, 2022 by muddmucker

I live right off of this trail and despite reassurance from the local government that it will be repaired (it’s been years!!) the path by Van Dorn and also a small bridge by Cameron Station are still closed.

Twinbrook Connector Trail

Connecting Viers Mill Bridge to Twinbrook Metro Station

June, 2022 by ksargent2

Taking the Rock Creek Trail South, once you pass over the Viers Mill Bridge you can make a U-turn at the bottom of the bridge and head back to Viers Mill Road. The Twinbrook Connector starts there, heading Northwest and is protected from Viers Mill traffic by a guardrail. After 2/10 of a mile, you'll turn left into a beautiful forest. In five more minutes, you'll have finished the uphill trail. Continue up to Fishers Lane, make a right and in five minutes you'll be at the Twinbrook Metro Station.

Enola Low Grade Trail

Great Trail!

June, 2022 by conrep

Love this trail! Great Surface, views, bridges, waterfalls, eagles, sun, shade, its got it all! Can't wait till Martic forge is open again.

Accordion

Marvin Gaye Trail

Cool trail

June, 2022 by daroy.perkins

Me and my son ride this trail to get from Capitol heights metro to Minnesota/Nannie Hellen corner.. it has about 4 or 5 crosswalks lol

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Will be back

June, 2022 by prhelt

This is a very pretty, flat paved trail. Very enjoyable and the town of Marietta in the middle of the trail is a great little trail town.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

awesome trail

June, 2022 by dug2gld

Awesome trail. Nice scenery with history along the way. Only did point of rock to Brunswick. Stopped at the brewery. Next trip will be to Harpers Ferry.

Long Branch Trail (MD)

Sedate woodsy trail

June, 2022 by dtread

The Long Branch Trail is a nice sedate, woodsy trail that is short but sweet. Provides nice access to the Long Branch Recreation Center as well as several local parks. Offers a restful retreat from traffic and noise. Would be nice if it was extended further south to connect to the Sligo Creek Trail.

Georgia Avenue Trail

Optional side spur off the Intercounty Connector (ICC) Trail

June, 2022 by dtread

The Georgia Avenue Trail offers a nice option for north and south access from the ICC Trail along Georgia Ave. There's a shopping plaza north of Emory Lane (where the Olney Manor Recreational Park and Swim Center is located) and it takes one at least part of the way to downtown Olney. Hopefully someday it will be extended southward beyond Norbeck Road to connect it to the Matthew Henson Trail. Check out the many hawks and vultures in the air or on the microwave or cell phone towers near the ICC Park and Ride lot. Use caution when crossing ICC off-ramp; there is limited sight distance.

Ireland Drive Trail

Nice trail through the woods

June, 2022 by dtread

The Ireland Drive Trail offers a nice quiet trail through the woods that can also be used for access from Rock Creek Trail (near Le Velle Drive) to Forest Glen and Silver Spring. The Ament Drive entrance is right by the National Park Seminary and the National Museum of Health and Medicine. The entrance off of the Rock Creek Trail is close to Woodend Nature Sanctuary.

Enola Low Grade Trail

Trail takes huge step forward with opening of Safe Harbor Trestle, other developments

June, 2022 by jmcginnis12@gmail.com

The three decade long effort to develop a multi-use greenway linking the south central and southeastern parts of PA took a huge step toward becoming a reality with the opening of the restored Safe Harbor Trestle earlier this month. The massive steel trestle, which looks like it was assembled from a giant erector set, has been refurbished with a wide, concrete deck lined with small American flags, plaques acknowledging individuals, organizations and businesses that helped finance the project and even a couple plexiglass panes placed where holes once existed on the decking, offering those brave enough to look a view of the superstructure. It links the extremely popular Manor Township segment of the Enola Low Grade Trail with the section that gradually ascends from the river before turning east towards Martic Forge, eliminating what had been a major gap. Trail users will also be treated to breathtaking, bird's eye views of the Susquehanna River, the smaller Conestoga River and Safe Harbor Dam. There are also binoculars mounted on the western railing that provide views of the wildlife that calls the Susquehanna River home, including bald eagles. Other new features include a picnic pavilion and overlook on the northwest approach to the bridge, as well as a restored shack that was once used by the maintenance workers who kept the RR free of brush and other obstructions. Trail users who arrive at the right time may also see freight trains rumbling along on the active Norfolk Southern RR line that parallels this section of the Enola Low Grade Trail and passes almost immediately beneath the trestle.
Further east, the segment of the trail that passes through Eden, Bart and Sadsbury townships is finally getting some much needed improvements. Eden Township laid a new surface comprised of recycled, milled asphalt from Quarryville to Bushong Road in 2021 and built a picnic pavilion at the Bushong Road trailhead, Bart Township is making drainage improvements and the RR bridge over Quaker Church Road on the boundary of Bart and Sadsbury townships was restored, with shiny new sides and a concrete deck. These three townships plan to make more extensive improvements, including a new, crushed stone surface, the restoration of two bridges over streams and development of new trailheads.
Once repairs to the Martic Forge Trestle over Pequea Creek, which was damaged by arson in 2018, is repaired later this year (2022), the Enola Low Grade Trail will be continuous from Turkey Hill to Bushong Road, bringing the vision of the Schuylkill-Susquehanna Passage two steps closer to being finished.

Enola Low Grade Trail

Extremely dusty; limestone dust totally covered my bike. I fear what it did to my lungs.

June, 2022 by hlross

Extremely dusty; limestone dust totally covered my bike. I fear what it did to my lungs.

Enola Low Grade Trail

Safe Harbor trestle bridge is now open

June, 2022 by bikerbabe69

The Safe Harbor bridge reopened on June 2, connecting the 5 mile Manor section to Conestoga's 4 miles, currently ending at the still closed Martic Forge trestle. The trail surface is now mostly gravel dust, quite dusty but preferable to the previous rough gravel surface south of the bridge. The Safe Harbor bridge is unrecognizable from its prior humble skeleton, now wide enough for large trucks to safely cross, with high railings to keep the kiddos grounded, and a cement deck to thwart firebugs. I'll admit to a pang of sentimentality for the last time I (legally, anyway) crossed it on foot 30 years ago. With open holes between the rail ties and a 24 inch high single bar between you and the river far below, it was quite a different experience. On a sunny weekend evening just after re-opening, there was still parking available and except for the immediate bridge area, crowds were thin. Kudos to Manor Township for making it happen, and if you see anyone whose support is acknowledged on the many brass plaques along the way, thank them too.

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