Ephrata, PA Horseback Riding Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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Bear Hole Trail

5.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Big Woods Trail

3 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

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

Conewago Recreation Trail

5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

27.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Hollow Creek Greenway

1.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Lancaster Junction Trail

2.3 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

18 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Little Jersey Trail

8.1 mi
State: DE
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

MA & PA Heritage Trail

5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Michael Castle Trail

12.4 mi
State: DE
Asphalt

PennDel Trail

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

Perkiomen Trail

20.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Rim Trail

2.2 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Slate Heritage Trail

3.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Springlawn Trail

2.1 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

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
Accordion

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

19.7 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Zacharias Creek Trail

1.96 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, 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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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
The Michael Castle Trail offers a scenic 12-mile route along the north shore of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in northern Delaware. The trail is named after the former governor and US...
DE 12.4 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 Perkiomen Trail provides so many interesting historical and natural sites along its 20.6-mile length that visitors may have to ignore some of the trailside distractions to reach the other...
PA 20.6 mi Asphalt, 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
The Slate Heritage Trail is built on the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, which opened in 1874 and transported slate products from quarries in northern Lehigh County to Slatington to connect with the...
PA 3.3 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
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
Accordion
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 19.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Located in Worcester Township, the Zacharias Creek Trail is a an easy walk or ride along water, through riparian woods and across green fields. The trail begins on Green Hill road (where there is a...
PA 1.96 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

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Trails by activity

Big Woods Trail

PA - 3 miles

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...

Michael Castle Trail

DE - 12.4 miles

The Michael Castle Trail offers a scenic 12-mile route along the north shore of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in northern Delaware. The trail is named after the former governor and US...

Swatara Rail-Trail

PA - 10 miles

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...

MA & PA Heritage Trail

MD - 5 miles

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...

Accordion

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

MD - 19.7 miles

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

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...

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

PA - 27.4 miles

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...

Lancaster Junction Trail

PA - 2.3 miles

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...

Slate Heritage Trail

PA - 3.3 miles

The Slate Heritage Trail is built on the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, which opened in 1874 and transported slate products from quarries in northern Lehigh County to Slatington to connect with the...

Struble Trail

PA - 2.6 miles

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...

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

MD - 2.5 miles

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...

Perkiomen Trail

PA - 20.6 miles

The Perkiomen Trail provides so many interesting historical and natural sites along its 20.6-mile length that visitors may have to ignore some of the trailside distractions to reach the other...

Bear Hole Trail

PA - 5.5 miles

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

Zacharias Creek Trail

PA - 1.96 miles

Located in Worcester Township, the Zacharias Creek Trail is a an easy walk or ride along water, through riparian woods and across green fields. The trail begins on Green Hill road (where there is a...

Big Woods Trail

PA - 3 miles

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...

Slate Heritage Trail

PA - 3.3 miles

The Slate Heritage Trail is built on the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, which opened in 1874 and transported slate products from quarries in northern Lehigh County to Slatington to connect with the...

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...

Lancaster Junction Trail

PA - 2.3 miles

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...

Accordion

Zacharias Creek Trail

PA - 1.96 miles

Located in Worcester Township, the Zacharias Creek Trail is a an easy walk or ride along water, through riparian woods and across green fields. The trail begins on Green Hill road (where there is a...

Little Jersey Trail

DE - 8.1 miles

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...

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

MD - 19.7 miles

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

Bear Hole Trail

PA - 5.5 miles

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

Michael Castle Trail

DE - 12.4 miles

The Michael Castle Trail offers a scenic 12-mile route along the north shore of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in northern Delaware. The trail is named after the former governor and US...

Conewago Recreation Trail

PA - 5 miles

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...

Swatara Rail-Trail

PA - 10 miles

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...

Perkiomen Trail

PA - 20.6 miles

The Perkiomen Trail provides so many interesting historical and natural sites along its 20.6-mile length that visitors may have to ignore some of the trailside distractions to reach the other...

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

PA - 27.4 miles

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...

Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

PA - 28.6 miles

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...

MA & PA Heritage Trail

MD - 5 miles

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...

Stony Valley Railroad Grade

PA - 19.7 miles

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...

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

PA - 18 miles

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...

Struble Trail

PA - 2.6 miles

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...

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

MD - 2.5 miles

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...

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...

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

MD - 19.7 miles

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

Struble Trail

PA - 2.6 miles

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...

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

PA - 18 miles

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...

Little Jersey Trail

DE - 8.1 miles

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...

Accordion

Slate Heritage Trail

PA - 3.3 miles

The Slate Heritage Trail is built on the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, which opened in 1874 and transported slate products from quarries in northern Lehigh County to Slatington to connect with the...

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...

Big Woods Trail

PA - 3 miles

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...

Swatara Rail-Trail

PA - 10 miles

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...

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

PA - 27.4 miles

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...

Conewago Recreation Trail

PA - 5 miles

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...

Lancaster Junction Trail

PA - 2.3 miles

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...

Stony Valley Railroad Grade

PA - 19.7 miles

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...

Bear Hole Trail

PA - 5.5 miles

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

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...

MA & PA Heritage Trail

MD - 5 miles

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...

Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

PA - 28.6 miles

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...

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...

Perkiomen Trail

PA - 20.6 miles

The Perkiomen Trail provides so many interesting historical and natural sites along its 20.6-mile length that visitors may have to ignore some of the trailside distractions to reach the other...

Rim Trail

PA - 2.2 miles

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...

Michael Castle Trail

DE - 12.4 miles

The Michael Castle Trail offers a scenic 12-mile route along the north shore of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in northern Delaware. The trail is named after the former governor and US...

Recent Trail Reviews

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

Love this trail

January, 2022 by edgar-santos

Often cycle the Heritage trail itself and other times in conjunction with the NCR to the south. Plenty of places to enter the trail to satisfy whatever distance you may want to cover and beautiful vistas along the way. York county has done an excellent job with the trail. Definitely worth visiting and riding the HT.

Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail

very nice trail

December, 2021 by lowtoyonair

I hopped on this trail somewhere around the mid point and headed towards Lititz. Very nice maintained. I even enjoyed a few alternative routes around a park and a school. I was hoping it would go farther towards the pleasant downtown area in Lititz but feel that the streets are safe enough to travel to all of the shopping attractions in Lititz. I the returned back to the trail and followed it back all the way to Ephrata and was pleasantly surprised to see that that end of the trail leads to downtown. I even caught a glimpse of a small BMX style practice track that I was tempted to try. I also want to mention that there are bike rental options at either end of the trail that makes for a great option for non-owners.

Ben Cardin C&D Canal Recreational Trail

C & D Trail

November, 2021 by prhelt

This is really a 15 mile trail 30 miles round trip. It runs from Delaware City to Chesapeake City. The Ben Cardin is the short MD part and the Michael Castle is the DE part. If it was not for a sign you would not know you were going from one trail to the other at the state line. It is well paved and in very good shape. I few good hills where it had to take a detour for one reason or another, but not many. There is a short road (More Like a Parking lot) section when you go through a marina. That is the sharp turn on the map. There is another short road section in Delaware City but only because the signs say not to ride on the sidewalk which is really the trail at that point. No traffic at either. The canal is nice, but not a whole lot to see. Worth the trip. Only 4 stars as there was not much to see but the trail itself was great. If I lived near I would ride it a lot.

Accordion

Schuylkill River Trail

Stellar trail ride in the Fall

November, 2021 by richardsj1

Rode from Valley Forge (Pawlings Rd Access) to end of the trail in Philadelphia and back for around 49 miles or so. It was a weekday morning and the conditions were ideal. The only challenges heading into Philadelphia are figuring out where to go around Manayunk (canal trail or through town) and then connecting to the paved trail at or past Lincoln (?). Easier coming back. Well worth the ride from York.

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

This trail has many nice features such as a gentle gradient and very few road crossings. The trail is popular among pedestrians and cyclists therefore on balmy days traffic on the trail will require care and patience.

November, 2021 by carson6500

This trail has many nice features such as a gentle gradient and very few road crossings. The trail is popular among pedestrians and cyclists therefore on balmy days traffic on the trail will require care and patience.

Auburn Valley Trail

Lovely Setting

November, 2021 by emfref_tl

Discovered this park on my way back to Delaware from another hike. Nice local hike or bike (some hills). It’s nice for a local quick afternoon adventure.

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

Great Trail

October, 2021 by beachbum25

I've ridden this Trail many times, done the whole thing in stages over the years as far North as New Freedom PA. Very enjoyable, but can get VERY busy in the Summer. Traffic lightens up as you go North, peaceful ride once you get out on the Trail away from of the Busier Parking Areas. Avoid the Monkton Lot at all costs....Particularly in the Summer!

Schuylkill River Trail

love it!

October, 2021 by rosejacquelynn

This is the first huge trail I've been able to find. It's great! I love how easy it is to walk. I usually start where the parking lot is on pawlings or on station and I walk towards oaks near mill road. I'm just starting out walking and it's great for a beginner.

D&L Trail

Great ride north from Glen Onoko, with a few caveats...

October, 2021 by jsshoemaker826

Oct 11, 2021. Parked in Glen Onoko parking lot. Lots of parking, but we could not find any toilets anywhere. Seems like with all that parking for visitors, the town or park should at least provide some porta-potties. We rode north for about 15 miles. Almost all of the trail was in great condition. There were a few spots near Glen Onoko with very loose fill that required walking (32 mm wide tires). Very nice scenery, and not crowded on a holiday Monday. Nice facilities at the Rockport trailhead. Overall a great ride!

Enola Low Grade Trail

Beautiful Fall Bike Ride

October, 2021 by kdenikend

Nice (approx 20 mile) out and back bike ride on a beautiful fall day. Appreciated the well maintained mostly level gravel pathway. Left from Quarryville area parking lot and rode to the Martic Forge closure. Many birds crossed the path as well as woolly bear caterpillars. Nice to know that there are 2 bike stations along the way if needed. We'll be back!

Ironton Rail-Trail

Beautiful trail to skate on--just one bad crossing...

October, 2021 by ajazzfan

I did a portion of this trail, Whitehall trail head to East Church Street. It is mostly flat until you hit the loop section, that was a short hill, but a little steep. The only problem I had was crossing 2nd Street--extremely rough pavement, it's like they milled the road and never finished it! Except for that crossing the rest of the trail was fine. Plenty of parking at the trailhead, but there are more parking areas further up the trail as well. I didn't see any public restrooms, there are a few portable toilets along the trail. Plenty of benches and other seating areas along the trail, but no water fountains--make sure you bring enough water! There is a shooting range next to the trail that was Very active while I was skating, some people may be bothered by this, I wasn't. I went in the morning and there were other people on the trail but it was not crowded.

Big Woods Trail

Scenic trail coming together

October, 2021 by jmcginnis12@gmail.com

Situated in the rolling hills of southeast Berks and northwest Chester County, the Big Woods Trail will link several parks and historic sites when completed.
A work in progress, the trail will connect the Schuylkill River Trail to the borough of Elverson when completed. As of 2021, three, disconnected segments of the multi-use trail are finished.
The northern segment begins at the Schuylkill River Trail in the village of Monocacy and winds its way up a grassy hillside to Crusher Road. This section is noted for its rolling pasturelands and panoramic views of the valley below.
The middle segment starts a few miles to the south at the Hopewell Iron Furnace National Historic Site off Park Road. The centerpiece of this site is a restored 19th century-era furnace, which was fed by charcoal produced from the trees of the surrounding Big Woods and used to smelt iron from nearby mines. Trail users should check out the grounds before heading southwest on the greenway, which passes through the woods and connects the Historical Site to the adjacent French Creek State Park. This section also connects to the Horseshoe Trail and the State Park's own network of footpaths and follows the south shoreline of Hopewell Lake, ending at the park's main parking lot and recreation complex.
A shorter, southern segment of the trail extends for about a quarter mile along an abandoned rail line in the borough of Elverson. This segment begins at Park Ave. and extends to Route 23 (Main Street), and is noted for several restored historical buildings.
When the trail is eventually completed, it will link the Schuylkill River and Horseshoe trails as well as several other historical sites and open space areas. It may also be extended further south into Chester County via the old Reading to Coatesville rail line.

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