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Explore the best rated trails in Harrisburg, PA. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Olde Hickory Village Trail and Farmingdale Trail . With more than 60 trails covering 418 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
My wife and I drove up from Maryland to ride this trail and it was worth it. We’ve done a lot of trails but this was one of our favorites. We started at the Columbia Crossing River Trail Center and completed the full 14 miles. Except for the first 1/4 mile or so at the start with some street crossings, the trail is extremely well marked and maintained. Mile markers and info signs along the entire route. Plenty of benches with shade trees. The trail had a few bumps from roots but not many. The views of the Susquehanna are fantastic and most of the rider is shaded.
Nice trail but definitely take the time to plan the off-shoot into Mt Gretna. Grab a bite at The Porch Pantry and also bike through the aection of gingerbread style homes located behind the Mt Gretna Playhouse. You'll have a nice view of the lake as well.
New to this app, but walked this complete trail in late July from shippensburg to newville, it’s well maintained along with beautiful scenery along the way.
The Center looks like a paradise for little kids, indoors and out. It was fun to explore the network of trails, which were shaded on a hot day.
Overall, the ride was frustrating because of poor trail signs. I wouldn’t do this ride again. Although we passed through several parks where the path was pleasant and well shaded, we also rode city streets and sidewalks. There were steep hills (8.5%) that will make the ride challenging. Initially, trail signs were pretty good but farther along several important directional sighs were missing or hidden. In my experience, this isn’t unusual for an urban trail. Thankfully, there was a payoff of riding north along the Susquehanna River for several miles.
Starting at the East/Lebanon end we walked to Rausch Creek and along the AT for a bit. Round trip was only about 8 miles and the only pleasant part was the AT. The trail is newly covered with large stones and the camber is extreme. The size of the rocks would make for an uncomfortable bike ride, too. We were both pretty miserable by the end. I gave it an extra star for the shade.
Rode on a weekday around 1 for a few hours. Not crowded and nice and peaceful.
One of our favorite trails in Harrisburg/Lancaster area. 13 miles of asphalt makes if easy to ride. Lots of turns and great views of the river make it fun. We stop at McCleary's Pub in Marietta for some refreshment either during or after the ride. Great pub food and long beer list. In Marietta a stone hill to get over the railroad tracks is a bit rough, may be easier to walk across, the trail continues on the other side. There is an ice cream shop at the Columbia end that serves hand dipped and refreshing drinks.
I agree about the size of gravel making this not suitable for biking. We turned back. May be nice for a hike.
Nicest one we have been on yet. Plenty of areas to stop and take a break. Lots of scenery and small towns to visit. Places along the trail to do things like a winery, a crab restaurant, bike shop, etc. This is my favorite trail to ride so far!
There’s some really great views along this trail that are worth stopping to enjoy. It gets too busy on weekends to enjoy a bike ride, but this time I rode it with my adult daughter on a Monday and it was not crowded at all. It takes me more than an hour to drive here but it’s well worth it.
I roller skied the entire trail from Falmouth to Coffee and Cream in Columbia. Other than one tiny section that joins the more rural part to the urban beginning it is all great for roller skiing. Many people had never seen roller skis before so I got a lot of comments, mostly curiosity and some appreciation.
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