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Length
Surfaces
Type

Angelica Creek Trail

1.9 mi
State: PA
Gravel

Bear Hole Trail

5.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Belmont Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Big Woods Trail

3 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

28.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Brighton-Reidenbaugh Park Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Broad Street Greenway

0.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Concrete

Butterfly Acres Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Canning House Run Trail

0.8 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Capital Area Greenbelt

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

Chester Valley Trail

14.8 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

Creek Road Trail

2.3 mi
State: DE
Dirt, Gravel

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

East Branch Brandywine Trail

2.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Elizabethtown Connector Trail

0.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Enola Low Grade Trail

28.9 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone
Accordion

Exeter Scenic River Trail

2.3 mi
State: PA
Cinder, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Farmingdale Trail

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

Fielding Belt Trail

4.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Gettysburg Inner Loop

1.03 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Gettysburg Trail

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Gravity Trail

4.15 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Hanover Trolley Trail

3.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

27.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Heritage Trail (PA)

1.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Herring Run Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Asphalt

Hollow Creek Greenway

1.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

James F. Hall Trail

1.8 mi
State: DE
Asphalt

Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail

13 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Jones Falls Trail

9.1 mi
State: MD
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

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

Lykens Valley Rail Trail

9.2 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

MA & PA Heritage Trail

5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt

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

Muhlenberg Rail Trail

1.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Neversink Connector Trail

1.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

New Castle Battery Park Trail

1.7 mi
State: DE
Asphalt

Northwest Corridor Linear Park

0.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

14.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Parrish Trail

1.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail

4.4 mi
State: DE
Asphalt, Gravel

Red Clay Creek Trail

1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Red Lion Mile

1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Rim Trail

2.2 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Schuylkill River Trail

71.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Springlawn Trail

2.1 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Stony Run Trail

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

Stony Valley Railroad Grade

19.7 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Struble Trail

2.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Swatara Rail-Trail

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

The Lions' Trail

0.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

19.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Union Canal Trail

6.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Uwchlan Trail

2.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Warwick Township Highlands Trail

2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Concrete, Grass

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

Wyomissing Creek Trail

2.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Yorklyn Bridge Trail

1.4 mi
State: DE
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Angelica Creek Trail, in Reading's suburbs, begins at a scenic stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail, then goes south along the river a short distance before heading northwest toward Angelica...
PA 1.9 mi Gravel
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
Envisioned as a multi-use trail that will eventually connect the Thun Trail section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Union Township in southeast Berks County to the towns of Elverson and St. Peters in...
PA 3 mi Crushed Stone
The Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail loops around a manmade reservoir just outside of Reading in southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail has a mixture of surfaces (hard-packed dirt, grass, gravel and...
PA 28.6 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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
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
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
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
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 Chester Valley Trail provides opportunities for recreation and alternative transportation in the congested commercial center at the northern edge of Greater Philadelphia. The paved rail-trail...
PA 14.8 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
The Creek Road Trail extends north from a connection with the Pomeroy and Newark Rail Trail in White Clay Creek State Park. The scenic park features over 37 miles of hiking trails through wooded...
DE 2.3 mi Dirt, Gravel
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
Less than an hour west of Philadelphia, the East Branch Brandywine Trail begins south of Downingtown and continues south along its namesake river. The paved trail passes through meadows and wooded...
PA 2.5 mi Asphalt
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
Accordion
The Exeter Scenic River Trail traces the north bank of the Schuylkill River. The tree-lined route provides views of the river and runs to the Klapperthal Trail at the base of Neversink Mountain. Visit...
PA 2.3 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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 Fielding Bank Trail gives residents of Boiling Springs access to a couple nearby parks without having to travel along local roads. The trail begins at Walnut Street on the west end of town and...
PA 4.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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
Not to be confused with the nearby Gettysburg Inner Loop, the roughly 3-mile Gettysburg Trail is a paved walking trail that connects the Visitor Center to important locations on the battlefield, the...
PA 3 mi Asphalt
Constructed in 2012, the Gravity Trail is one of the newer additions to the extensive network of trails and greenways that criss-cross the Greater Reading metro area. The trail's unusual name comes...
PA 4.15 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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
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
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
Baltimore’s Herring Run Trail runs through scenic Herring Run Park, centered on a tributary of the Back River. The winding trail follows Herring Run through a woodlands environment so peaceful you're...
MD 2.5 mi Asphalt
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 JFK Walking Trail is a hidden gem created to be part of the Pottsville Community flagship recreation complex. The paved trail is located behind the tennis courts and pool. A stylish sign complete...
PA 0.82 mi Asphalt
The James F. Hall Trail—a rail-with-trail—packs a lot into a short stretch: Its paved surface is great for bicycling, in-line skating, and strolling, and there are multiple playgrounds, picnic areas,...
DE 1.8 mi Asphalt
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
When complete, the Jones Falls Trail will extend 10 miles between Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the Mount Washington Light Rail Station. Currently, a paved, off-road section runs from Cylburn...
MD 9.1 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
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
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
The MA & PA Heritage Trail is found in two segments (about 2 miles apart) through the wooded parks of Maryland's Bel Air and Forest Hill communities. The folksy sounding name actually stands for the...
MD 5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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
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
Although relatively short at 1.8 miles, the Muhlenberg Rail Trail extends the ability of residents to exercise or visit local parks, schools, and businesses under their own power. The asphalt trail...
PA 1.8 mi Asphalt
Reading's Neversink Connector Trail is a short paved pathway that branches off the Thun Trail, a 18-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail. It begins near the Reading Area Community College and...
PA 1.2 mi Asphalt
The trail begins in Battery Park and extends 1.5 miles along the Delaware River. The popular Battery Park is a draw for residents and visitors alike. The park gets its name from the cannons once sited...
DE 1.7 mi Asphalt
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
Located in Kennett Township, the Parrish Trail follows the West Branch of the Red Clay Creek from Pennock Park south, currently ending off Chandler Mill Road just south of its intersection with...
PA 1.5 mi Crushed Stone, 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
A work in progress, the Red Clay Creek Trail currently extends along the east branch of the creek for which it is named in Kennett Square. The trail, which has a crushed-stone surface of varying...
PA 1 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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 Rim Trail offers a 2.2-mile route in Hibernia County Park, following a former railroad bed along the West Branch Branywine Creek. This southeastern Pennsylvania excursion is one of a handful of...
PA 2.2 mi Crushed Stone
At one time an important thoroughfare for commerce carried by canal barges and railroad cars in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill River corridor now accommodates walkers, bicyclists, and...
PA 71.7 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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
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
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 Chester County Parks & Recreation Department opened this trail in 1979 on part of a former Pennsylvania Railroad right-of-way. Today the 2.6-mile trail attracts more than 125,000 visitors each...
PA 2.6 mi Asphalt
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
Picking up directly across Norwood Road from the Struble trail's south end point, The Lions' trail offers a half mile of paved trail winding through scenic Kardon Park with 10 acres of ponds and over...
PA 0.4 mi Asphalt
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 Union Canal Trail runs along the Tulpehocken Creek from the city of Reading up to Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport. The trail makes up a segment of the 71.7-mile Schuylkill River Trail in southeastern...
PA 6.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
A work in progress, the 2.5-mile Uwchlan Trail currently extends from the Struble Trail off the intersection of Dowlin Forge and Shelmire roads, north along the Shamona Creek and primarily following...
PA 2.5 mi Asphalt
A link in the region's burgeoning network of multi-use greenways, the Warwick Highlands Trail connects several subdivisions, shopping centers and a hospital on the west side of Warwick Township, just...
PA 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Grass
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
The Wyomissing Creek Trail offers a pleasant tree-lined route along its namesake waterway in West Reading. At its eastern end, you can connect to an 18-mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail that...
PA 2.6 mi Asphalt
The 1.4 mile Yorklyn Bridge Trail is a paved, multi-use greenway that connects the Auburn Valley State Park with the nearby village of Yorklyn Mills in the scenic hills of northern Delaware. The...
DE 1.4 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail

What a great trail :)

September, 2020 by 7424kendra

A friend and I rented bikes at the Dick Winter's Memorial off Fulton Street in Ephrata. They have really nice trail bikes for rent for $10/2 hours. You do need to unlock the bikes with a code that is emailed AFTER you pay for your rental. We had no issues getting the bikes adjusted to our height. One bike had a basket which was convenient. A few other bikes had water bottle holders. I don't ride bikes a lot, but my friend told me that the rental bikes are very good quality. I thought the bikes were very comfortable and even though I am 53 y/o - it was a comfortable 14 mile ride on the Warwick/Ephrata rail trail. It was a lovely day so there were a lot of people on the trail, but not too many people that we had difficulty navigating the trail.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

nice walk!

September, 2020 by nwalker722

Loved this trail. Overall it is nice and flat and easy to navigate. Yes there are so muddy spots but they are tolerable. I did take off one star because there should be more spots to stop in my opinion. I felt it difficult at some points to “pull over” to give my dogs some water and stay out of everyone’s way. This will be a regular for us though!

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

Great trail on a perfect day

September, 2020 by leojlynch

We rode the entire trail from Cockeysville to New Freedom, PA on a perfect September Saturday. We could not have enjoyed this trail more than we did. There were lots of people using it today and everyone seemed to be able to carve out their own little slice of the trail.

Accordion

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

Great Ride

September, 2020 by david.deroian

It was a beautiful day so I decided to do some pedaling. I started near the New Freedom train station and headed north. After arriving in York, I discovered that once crossing a few streets, the trail continued so off I went. I rode to the trail's northern tetminus at Rudy Park. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! I rode through the park and then decided to head back south. Upon arriving back at New Freedom, I decided to continue south. I rode to the southern terminus to a small parking lot south of Ashland road, turned around and headed back north to New Freedom. Beautiful ride.

Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

Solid Cross Country Trail

September, 2020 by ron.ritter

The trail is mostly maintained by nature. Awesome for a non-technical off road excursion. Pack a lunch.

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Take your time and enjoy!

September, 2020 by drdaly

Enjoyed our afternoon on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. Started in Bainbridge at Koser Park. Picked up some ham sandwiches at the Bainbridge Inn. Gorgeous sunny day, busy trail, but friendly people. About 1.5 miles in spent time on the White Cliffs of Conoy, amazing views of the river. Climbed down to the water's edge. Moved on to the impressive Shock's Bridge, passing thru farmland. Turned around at the park after hiking on rocks out into the Susquehanna River. Watched an egret and heron fish. On our way back had our ham sandwich snack on the wooden bench viewing Shock's Bridge. Spent an hour watching the sunset over the river from the White Cliffs of Conoy, then back to the parking area. Ten mile or so round trip ride, but lots of time spent checking out the surroundings. Very enjoyable!! Highly recommended!! Take your time and enjoy!

Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

A perfect trail for an out and back

September, 2020 by robert.richter89

I rode the entire Cumberland Valley Rail Trail this Labor Day weekend. The trail is in perfect condition and is mostly finely crushed gravel with some paved sections. Despite it being a holiday weekend with beautiful weather the trail wasn't very busy.

I started in Shippensburg as you can park at the very beginning of the trail. The trail is mostly heavily shaded with short sections opening up to nice views of farmlands and rolling hills but no shade. Shippensburg, Oakville and Newville are nicely spaced apart giving good spots to rest.

The only negative part of the trail was the last 2.5 miles past the Newville trailhead. It offers no shade, the gravel seems a little deeper there making it the hardest part of the trail for me. I try to complete every trail I ride but you're not missing much if you either turn around at Newville or start there and head towards Shippensburg.

Uwchlan Trail

Nice trail off the Struble

August, 2020 by sandymo

I’ve run this trail a number of times and walked it quite a few as well. While it’s basically uphill from the Struble towards Eagleview, it’s not too bad and should be doable for most people. I checked it out awhile ago for a friend who rides an adult trike and I wouldn’t recommend for that as several of the bridges have bad transitions as well as a few very tight corners. Still, it’s a pretty quiet trail close in to enjoy even in the warm weather.

Chester Valley Trail

Siblings on the trail

August, 2020 by awardigo

My brother and I rode this asphalt trail. I have an Electra Loft. He has a mountain bike. We were both very comfortable. It's an easy 30mi (end-to-end and back again). Yes, there are road crossings. They're pretty easily managed. We had a blast singing thru the tunnels and got a kick out of having our own bridges over traffic (what is the point otherwise).

The trail is well-maintained. On our way out we encountered an injured raccoon in the middle of the trail that had been cleaned up on the way back. We saw a park ranger marking trees for maintenance on our way, too. There were a couple of maintenance stations along the way. Park benches were pretty common, too.

This trail does track w/ R-202 along KoP which can get pretty noisy but for the most part its pretty quiet, hence the 4 stars, not 5. There's construction at the main intersection in Exton at the moment about a mile-ish from the trail end. We walked our bikes across the 3 intersections around the work since we were determined to get to the end of the trail. All in all, this is a great trail and I'll be doing this again.

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

my "go to trail", mile by mile review

August, 2020 by joelkring

The LVRT along with the Conawago trail make a great day trip ride of around 50 miles. I ride all or at least part of the trail almost every week if the weather permits. So here is my mile by mile assessment of the trail condition as of August 20, 2020. Starting at mile marker (MM) 0 the trail surface is in very good condition until almost MM 5 where some storm damage was repaired with much larger stone than the rest of the trail. The surface continues to be in mostly good condition until just after MM 6 (near where the trail to Mount Gretna turns off) from here to Butler Road the trail is in fair condition at best. There are spots with deep sand followed by rocky areas. After crossing Butler Road (near MM 7) the trail has two distinct sides, the much smoother northbound side and the quite bumpy southbound side. Riders heading north may notice oncoming riders trying to stay in the smoother lane as long as possible. This condition continues until a paved section that begins just before a bridge crossing over Mine Road. The trail is in very good condition again until just past MM 10 and before crossing PA 419 at Cornwall where tree roots under the asphalt have created many hard bumps across the trail. From PA 419 to US 422 (Benjamin Franklin Highway) the trail is mostly in very good condition. The transition from paved trail to concrete bridge over Wilhelm Avenue is a but jarring. I hope this info helps someone, this is a great trail that just needs a little more TLC.

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

scenic but rough ride at places

August, 2020 by joelkring

I wrote over 4 years ago that repairs made to this trail needed to be repaired as they were very rough to ride over. No additional work was ever done on those areas but the worst of the larger stones have been worn to the sides slightly by bikes over the years. The bridges near the E-Town end of the trail have very hard transitions from stone trail to concrete bridge, and they are not getting better with time. On the plus side there are now portable toilets at the Old Trolley Line Park (between mile markers 2.5 and 3). Didn't see many people wearing face masks and there are lots of people that don't seem to understand the idea of social distancing while on the trail.

MA & PA Heritage Trail

Aug 2020 Trip

August, 2020 by kingofpennsylvania

Nice location though a bit more crowded than I am used to for a Tuesday afternoon. The elevation gain on this rail trail is not gradual like people might think when they hear "rail trail" but occurs rather in short steeper sections. I found the trail difficult for my 35 mm tires. Maybe someone with more experience would have been okay but I wish I had brought my mountain bike.

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