Lancaster, PA Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Length
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Gravity Trail

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

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

27.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

19.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail

12.4 mi
State: DE
Asphalt

Perkiomen Trail

20.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Ridley Creek State Park Trail

4.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Rim Trail

2.2 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Schuylkill River Trail

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

Struble Trail

2.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail

19.9 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Warwick Township Linear Park Trail

1.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Bear Hole Trail

5.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Capital Area Greenbelt

24 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Chickies Rock Overlook Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Conewago Recreation Trail

5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Enola Low Grade Trail

29.15 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Hanover Trolley Trail

5.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Lykens Valley Rail Trail

9.2 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Radnor Trail

2.41 mi
State: PA
Asphalt
Accordion

Stony Valley Rail-Trail

19.6 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Swatara Rail-Trail

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

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail

2.5 mi
State: MD
Crushed Stone

Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail

7.3 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

State Game Lands 326 Trails

6.1 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Grass
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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
Overview The Heritage Rail Trail County Park (HRT) runs between the Pennsylvania–Maryland state line and York, Pennsylvania. Most of the trail has a crushed-stone surface, although portions of the...
PA 27.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview The Lebanon Valley Rail Trail travels for 19.6 miles in three distinct segments through Pennsylvania's Lebanon Valley. A majority of the route is unpaved, most gravel-surfaced, except for...
PA 19.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Overview 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...
DE 12.4 mi Asphalt
Overview    Spanning over 15 miles on the banks of the Susquehanna River, the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail is a tranquil and easy-going meander between the towns of Bainbridge, Marietta...
PA 15.9 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: Northern portions of the trail are closed due to flooding. Stay up to date on this closure by visiting the Montgomery County page.  Overview The Perkiomen Trail spans 20.6 miles...
PA 20.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview  The Ridley Creek State Park Trail loops for 4.7 miles through the Park, encompassing over 2,600 acres of woodlands and meadows. The paved, multi-use trail runs along Sycamore Mills and...
PA 4.8 mi Asphalt
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
Overview Once an important thoroughfare for commerce carried by canal barges and railroad cars in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill River (pronounced skool-kl) corridor now accommodates...
PA 82.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, 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
Overview 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...
MD 19.9 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
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
Closure Notice: The Capital Area Greenbelt will be closed south of the PennDOT Building in Phoenix Park for the foreseeable future. The recommended detour uses S. Front, Sycamore, Cameron, and Shanois...
PA 24 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Overview As its name implies, the half-mile out-and-back Chickies Rock Overlook Trail leads to a beautiful vista in Chickies Rock County Park.  About the Route Start at the trailhead on its...
PA 0.5 mi Dirt
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
Overview Running through southeastern Pennsylvania, the Enola Low Grade Trail is remarkably flat, even for a rail trail —it says so right in the name! Even across hilly terrain, the trail’s grades...
PA 29.15 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Hanover Trolley Trail is currently 5.5 miles in two disconnected trail segments. The trail is being built along the 16-mile corridor of the York-Hanover Trolley Line that ran between the two...
PA 5.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Lykens Valley Rail Trail is approximately 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...
PA 9.2 mi Crushed Stone
This 2.4-mile paved trail provides a quiet, scenic escape northwest of Philadelphia, from Encke Park at Radnor-Chester Road to the shopping center at Sugartown Road and Route 30. The trail travels...
PA 2.41 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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 19.6 mi Dirt, Gravel
Overview  The Swatara Rail-Trail runs for 10.2 miles between Lickdale and Pine Grove, snaking around an Appalachian Mountain in eastern Pennsylvania. The trail passes through the forests of Swatara...
PA 10.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
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 Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail passes through the rolling green hills of the Schuylkill River Valley, from just outside of Tamaqua to Middleport. The trail runs immediately adjacent to US...
PA 7.3 mi Dirt, Gravel
Also known as the Mill Creek Trails, the State Game Lands 326 Trails meanders through a protected wooded area in Central Schuylkill County. The State Game Lands 326 (SGL) stretches across the...
PA 6.1 mi Dirt, Grass

Recent Trail Reviews

Goshen Road Trail

address

July, 2024 by 18spalma2015

(39.9958759, -75.4088718) Goshen Trail Parking Goshen Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073

Michael N. Castle C&D Canal Trail

Great cycling along the Canal

July, 2024 by knewman1717

I ride this trail end to end around 2-3 times a week. It needs to be repaired off the Summit/Lums Pond parking lot. There needs to be a speed limit set for EV bikers. Dog owners need to keep their dogs on leash at all times. I've been run at by off leash dogs at Summit where people can camp overnight. Not a great experience.
It is a beautiful ride. Just be considerate of others and share the trail, please.

Perkiomen Trail

Great trail. Well maintained and marked. Traveled from southern terminus to Green Park Lane. Loved the change in surfaces. More tressels than I expected which made for excellent photo opportunities. Only one real climb. Can't wait to do it again.

July, 2024 by hughes29187

Great trail. Well maintained and marked. Traveled from southern terminus to Green Park Lane. Loved the change in surfaces. More tressels than I expected which made for excellent photo opportunities. Only one real climb. Can't wait to do it again.

Accordion

Union Canal Trail

This is a beautiful (and mostly in good shape) riverside trail for the south end to around mile marker 5.0, good for walking, jogging, and hybrid or mountain bikes. Above mile 5, best for mountain bikes only.

June, 2024 by timmunson

This is a beautiful (and mostly in good shape) riverside trail for the south end to around mile marker 5.0, good for walking, jogging, and hybrid or mountain bikes. Above mile 5, best for mountain bikes only.

Lykens Valley Rail Trail

Good, short trail for relaxation!

June, 2024 by wdq2zz7bpq

We began at the west end in Millersburg. Parking and restrooms at MYO park are well kept. Pedal north across a suspended bridge and see an old pair of working ferries! Awesome experience to "ride with our bikes" across the Susquehanna! After returning to shore, backtrack to MYO park and pick up trail by going east, across Route 147, and follow Pearl St. to the end. Take a right and follow this street until a street intersects on the right. (I believe there was signage). Trail is mostly shaded and calm. Some signs tell about the area. Surface is part gravel/ part crushed. It is not completely connected all the way to Williamstown (as we understand it). Maybe someday! ¿

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

Beware ebike rules, they reportedly have police enforcing them

June, 2024 by royhoffer

I was recently told by fellow cyclists of local police lurking at the Colebrook parking lot and issuing citations to people riding the "wrong" types of ebikes.

From their website:
“Class 1 E-bikes are permitted on the LVRT, provided they meet all the following standards:
Electric motor less than 750 watts
Fully functional pedals
Weight not exceeding 75 lbs.
Maximum speed less than 15 mph
Does not have capacity to be completely self-propelled (must be pedaled to engage electric motor)

Class 2 and 3 E-bikes are not permitted on approved on the LVRT.”

Since many ebikes are class 2, why would they want to exclude the riders from their trail? Riders bring revenue to the area…

Capital Area Greenbelt

Enjoyed the trail, but there was no signage regarding the closure near the end of the loop. Not being a local, I missed the news,https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.abc27.com/local-news/capital-area-greenbelt-detour-remains-in-place/amp

June, 2024 by richard.castelnuovo

Enjoyed the trail, but there was no signage regarding the closure near the end of the loop. Not being a local, I missed the news,https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.abc27.com/local-news/capital-area-greenbelt-detour-remains-in-place/amp

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Fantastic and well maintained trail

June, 2024 by javantine

We had heard good things about this trail, and were able to visit and ride circa 26 miles out and back yesterday, (June 4). This is a wonderful and very scenic trail with amazing views of the river and bucolic landscape. Much of the trail is shaded which helped during the heat but also adds to the allure of the trail. The Trail Welcoming Center is well maintained and the staff there very friendly and helpful. In addition, the rest room(s) were immaculate! I can't recommend this trail highly enough, and we will absolutely, (the Good Lord Willing), return to ride anytime we have the opportunity! Thanks for developing and maintaining such a marvelous and beautiful venue for relaxing and enjoying nature at its finest. We also stopped and had lunch at a wonderful tavern about 10 miles from the Welcome Center that is right along the trail. Very welcoming, great food, and very friendly clientele! Fantastic all around Great Experience!

Conewago Recreation Trail

Wasn't a fan of multiple issues. Traffic unsafe at multiple locations. Gravel and tapered to shoulders and feels unsafe. Bridge missing above road intersection. This causes huge group down to road on both sides.

May, 2024 by glenn.swanger

Wasn't a fan of multiple issues. Traffic unsafe at multiple locations. Gravel and tapered to shoulders and feels unsafe. Bridge missing above road intersection. This causes huge group down to road on both sides.

Exeter Scenic River Trail

Nice local trail.

May, 2024 by glenn.swanger

Trail is a nice quick ride on my bike.

Royersford Riverfront Trail

Nice riverfront park trail

May, 2024 by marksv

I knew about this trail in Royersford, but just discovered that it connected to the SRT. It would be even better if a restaurant or pub opened nearby. Most of the town is up the hill and is probably too steep for many. Plus, Main St has lots of traffic. Lots of walkers on some days so plan for a casual ride.

It is a nice little out and back from the SRT if you are looking to add a scenic detour.

Schuylkill River East Trail

One of the prettiest sections along the river

May, 2024 by marksv

I discovered this after I got my gravel bike last year. It is short however this is one of the few places you are right by the Schuylkill River for a significant amount of trail and can actually see the river. Most of the primary right of way for the SRT is either along the canal or you cannot see any scenery. There is a reason Schuylkill in Dutch I believe means "hidden river".

If you want to do a longer gravel ride under a treed canopy, park at the Longford Road Dog Park at the end of Longford Road and take the canal trail from there through Mont Clare. After crossing under PA Rt 29 you will come to the paved section of Lock 60. Go a short way and cross the little bridge on the right and that's where this trail officially begins. Worth the trip.

Note: the trail is often closed for a short duration after flooding events.

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