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Length
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Bear Hole Trail

5.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Belmont Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Brighton-Reidenbaugh Park Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

10.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Gravel

Butterfly Acres Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Capital Area Greenbelt

21.2 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 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Cumberland County Biker/Hiker Trail

2.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

13.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Elizabethtown Connector Trail

0.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Enola Low Grade Trail

28.9 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Farmingdale Trail

4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Grass

Gettysburg Inner Loop

1.03 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

H & F Trolley Trail

0.72 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Hanover Trolley Trail

3.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

25.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Heritage Trail (PA)

1.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk
Accordion

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

Kissel Hill Commons Trail

1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Lancaster Junction Trail

2.3 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail

2 mi
State: PA
Cinder, Dirt, Grass

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

18 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

Northwest Corridor Linear Park

0.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

14.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Penns Creek Path (Mid State Trail)

2.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Red Lion Mile

1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Stony Valley Railroad Grade

19.7 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Swatara Rail-Trail

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

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

19.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Warwick Township Linear Park Trail

1.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail

7.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
Constructed as part of the Belmont subdivision/Shoppers At Belmont mixed use development, the Belmont Trail is part of Manheim Township's growing network of multi-use greenways and the latest of...
PA 0.5 mi Asphalt
Located in northern Manheim Township, the Brighton-Reidenbaugh Park Trail is a link in the suburban Lancaster County municipality's growing network of multi-use trails. The trail consists of 3...
PA 0.5 mi Asphalt
Currently, over 10 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 paved...
PA 10.3 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Situated near the south end of Lititz borough, the half-mile long Butterfly Acres Park Trail follows a restored wetland and small stream, connecting two neighborhoods. A smaller segment, which is...
PA 0.5 mi Asphalt
Every year, tens of thousands of people take to the Capital Area Greenbelt looping around Harrisburg to play, exercise, and commute. The greenway completely encircles Pennsylvania’s capital city as it...
PA 21.2 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
Farms and pastures surround the Conewago Recreation Trail, but it was the discovery and mining of iron ore that led to the development of the railroad that eventually resulted in this trail. The path...
PA 5 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 rolls 13.7 miles through a bucolic valley that’s hemmed in by the Blue and South Mountains in south-central Pennsylvania. Running from Shippensburg to east of...
PA 13.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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
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 28.9 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
Actually a small network of multi-use trails, the Farmingdale Trail has recently been extended through The Crossings mixed-use development and now connects several neighborhoods in the northwest...
PA 4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Grass
The Gettysburg Inner Loop is a network of multi-use trails and signed, on-street bicycle routes, paralleled by sidewalks for foot traffic, currently being built around the perimeter of the historic,...
PA 1.03 mi Asphalt
Sitting on the corner of East Main Street and Alley 5 in Thurmont is a green and white one-story building. Murals decorate its walls, depicting the history of the famous Hagerstown and Frederick...
MD 0.72 mi Asphalt
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 25.5 mi Asphalt, 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
Accordion
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
A part of Manheim Township's network of multi-use greenways, the mile-long Kissel Hill Commons Trail extends across the mixed use subdivision for which it is named in the suburbs north of...
PA 1 mi Asphalt
The popular Lancaster Junction Trail follows the former Reading and Columbia Railroad, which transported iron ore and coal from Reading to the Chesapeake Bay via the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal...
PA 2.3 mi Crushed Stone
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
While the Lebanon Valley might be best known for its chocolate and distinctive bologna, iron ore is what put the region on the map in the 1700s. The 18-mile Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail—and the...
PA 18 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
Part of Manheim Township's growing greenway network, the paved, multi-use trail begins at the access road to the Manheim Township Community Park and loops around athletic fields and a playground at...
PA 2 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
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
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. While the majority of the...
PA 14.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
A renovated former railroad tunnel that features a separate entrance for bats is a highlight of the Penns Creek Path. The path is a relatively flat segment of the 328-mile Mid State Trail that runs...
PA 2.7 mi 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
Note: During hunting season, Pennsylvania Game Lands Regulations require ALL non-hunters present on game lands between November 15 and December 15 (excluding Sundays) to wear a minimum of 250 square...
PA 19.7 mi Dirt, Gravel
The Swatara Rail-Trail uses the corridors left behind by a canal and a railroad to snake around an Appalachian mountain in eastern Pennsylvania, passing through the forests of Swatara State Park most...
PA 10 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
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, punctuated by a number of access points and an...
MD 19.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Warwick Township Linear Park Trail is a joint project of Warwick Township and Lititz borough. The pathway extends from Market Street north, following the Santo Domingo Creek, to Newport Road....
PA 1.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The 7.1-mile Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail runs from Ephrata west to Lititz in Warwick Township, following the former Reading and Columbia Railroad, which began service in 1863. The Lancaster Junction...
PA 7.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone

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Recent Trail Reviews

Gettysburg Inner Loop

For transportation

July, 2019 by embra

This is a work in progress that aims at facilitating getting around Gettysburg by bike. NOT a trail one would ride for fun. However, it's a good way to get to some of the fine bike riding ion the national military park roads.

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Awesome Trail

July, 2019 by dlwertz57

Trail is along the Susquehanna River following the railroad from Falmoth to Columbia. The Northernmost section goes through the woods and is a little rough but getting to the North end let's you see an old lock which was part of the canal system. Starting in Bainbridge and going South the trail is asphalt suitable for road bikes. If you go on the weekends, the foot traffic is pretty heavy. For the most part the trail is shaded with sections going along open fields.

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Almost done on the Bainbridge to Falmouth section

July, 2019 by dmunyan

Just walked the NLCRT on Sunday June 30th in beautiful weather. The Columbia to Bainbridge sections have been paved and landscaped for some time now and of course they are wonderful. We have been waiting for the last 2.9 miles from Bainbridge to Falmouth to be finished for a couple years and we are almost there. Two new bridges and two new trestles are in so technically the trail is complete from end to end. But...word to the wise...start at the Falmouth end unless you are walking in hiking shoes. The trail from North to South is in good shape for two miles of walking (the last five minutes on the grassy shoulder which is wide and flat. The fair amount of the 0.9 miles to Bainbridge is large, loose ballast stone that is miserable to walk on and impossible to run or bike, unless you have one of those four-inch wide tire bikes. The ballast was put down to fill in low spots, and is doing a great job. It will make a great base once the smaller stone is dumped and rolled in, and support the planned paving which our local paper says will be complete before summer's end. The new forest garden is only a five minute walk from the Falmouth end, and is beautiful. We are so close to having a finally paved and finished NLCRT! It will be a real gem when complete. The Marietta bypass section still needs some work but it is roughed out and quite passable on a hybrid or mountain bike. I had heard there were still some property acquisition issues last year, so not sure when it will be paved. Once we have our NLCRT train fully completed, we can start planning the connectors to the Conewago trail to the Northeast and the Enola Low Grade trail to the Southeast.

Accordion

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

Deserves it's inclusion in the Rail Trail Hall of Fame

June, 2019 by robert.richter89

I rode the entire Torrey C. Brown Trail starting in New Freedom, PA and ending in Cockeysville, MD. The entire trail is in very good condition, is flat and offers plenty of shade to keep you cool. The Maryland portion of the trail is 19.7 miles, starting at New Freedom added another 1.5 miles to my ride.

I rode on a beautiful Sunday in early June; the trail gets busy especially as I got closer to Cockeysville but everyone was courteous and respectful. There are multiple trail heads with Montkton serving as a great mid-point as it offers a cafe, real bathrooms and a small museum. The scenery changes from fields to streams to verdant hills; the entire ride was captivating.

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

Pretty

June, 2019 by vikkb34

We parked at 8th St. Plenty of parking. We rode 24 miles,12 one way & 12 back.Nice trail,some inclines,not bad though..Paved in parts & crushed stone. Woods & residential,some road crossings.

Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail

June 6th 2019 - Great trail - Wish there was more.

June, 2019 by alipine

Walked portions of this trail in the past. It has gotten longer.

Spent couple of hours riding End to End and back.

Started at the Millway crossing parking area. Good parking with PortaJohn. Millway and Rothsville Rd.

Ride into Ephrata is paved and lighted. Portions of the trail open in the evening. Some portions Dawn-Dusk. Warwick Township portion is mostly packed gravel - in good condition.

Lititz Bikeworks provides a Bike Rental kiosk at Warwick Township Facility.

It's a do-over. I'll be back.

Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

Wonderful time experiencing farm land and rural area on a beautiful day

June, 2019 by keeperbordner

My husband and I enjoyed the beautiful weather and rural landscape. Passed many friendly people along the way. Bathroom facilities at each end of the 9 mile Trail. Shaded by tree lined trail broken up with sunny open field areas along the way. Great places for a snack/meal either in Mifflinburg or Lewisburg. Also an Amish "serve yourself" stand midway to pick up some lemonade or a whoopie pie. A country treat.
We are very fortunate to have this great local RTT.
I did not give a 5 star rating because the restroom facilities in Lewisburg were in poor condition and the facilities in Mifflinburg were locked but replaced with a "port-a-potty".

Heritage Trail (PA)

close to other trails

June, 2019 by joelkring

We rode this trail starting at the small parking area along Valley Road. After finishing the short 2.2 mile out and back ride we continued over mostly very quiet neighborhood streets to the Landis Valley Farm and rode the Manheim Twp. Bikeway then another short road section to the Kissel Hill Commons Trail and finally a trail along the Landis Run Intermediate School and finally another short road section back to our car. The whole ride was about 8 miles. There are other short trails nearby, some named some you really need to look closely to find on the maps. The trails are mostly through parks or between well kept homes with a short wooded section and a nice open wetland. Fun exploring these short trails.

Manheim Township Community Park Trail

Nice short ride through park

May, 2019 by joelkring

We parked at the south end of the park, just off Petersburg Road. There are indoor restrooms (very clean) near the parking area. We rode to the north end of the park then took mostly very quiet, neighborhood streets to the Brighton-Reidenbauch Park Trails about 1.5 miles away. There is a short section of busy roads (Koser Road and Buckwalter Road) but its less than 1/2 mile. The whole ride on both trails and the road sections, out and back was just 7.3 miles. There are several other short trails nearby and they're all worth a look.

Brighton-Reidenbaugh Park Trail

Short gem

May, 2019 by joelkring

We rode the three short sections of trail and the very quiet neighborhood streets that connected them late on a Wednesday morning. We saw more people walking dogs then we did cars on the street sections. We also rode to the nearby Manheim Township Community Park Trail about 1.5 miles away. There were two busy roads, Buchwalter Road and Koser Road, together they totaled less than 1/2 mile, the rest of the road section was very quiet neighborhood streets. These trails are just minutes (by car) to several other short trails that dot that area. Our total ride was just 7.3 miles. I can't wait to take some of my biking friends on these short but sweet trails.

Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

Cumberland Railtrail

May, 2019 by eshbachk

This is a beautiful ride from Newville to Shippensburg! The trail is well maintained an offers scenic views of woodland and picturesque farmlands. We will definitely be back!

Warwick Township Linear Park Trail

Close to other trails

May, 2019 by joelkring

We rode from the Lititz-Warwick Trailway (AKA Newport Square Public Trail) off of the Lititz to Ephrata trail about 1.5 miles on roads to get to this trail. There is ample parking at the trail as well as restrooms. Take the gravel spur trail to the wetland overlook. The trail is not well marked where it crosses Laurie Lane. Just one of many scenic short trails in the area.

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