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Allegheny National Forest - Brush Hollow XC Ski Trail

7.7 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Allegheny National Forest - Deerlick XC Ski Trail

9 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Allegheny River Trail

30 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Armstrong Trail

35.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Bear Hole Trail

5.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Blairsville Riverfront Trail

1.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

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

Browns Run Trail

0.9 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Capital Area Greenbelt

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

Chester Creek Trail

2.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Clarion-Little Toby Trail

18 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Conestoga Greenway Trail

1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Conewago Recreation Trail

5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Cowanshannock Trail

1.27 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Cumberland County Biker/Hiker Trail

2.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

D&L Trail

142.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Frick's Trail

1.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Accordion

Great Allegheny Passage

150 mi
State: MD, PA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Great Shamokin Path

3.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Greene River Trail

5.2 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

27.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Huntingdon and Broad Top Rail Trail

10.6 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Iron Horse Trail (PA)

10 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt

J. Manley Robbins Trail

2.5 mi
State: PA
Grass, Gravel

John Heinz Refuge Trail

7.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail

31.3 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

K&T Trail

1.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Karl Stirner Arts Trail

2.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail

2 mi
State: PA
Cinder, Dirt, Grass

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

18 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Luzerne County Levee Trail

12.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Mahoning Shadow Trail

15 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Marilla Bridges Trail

1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Mill Creek Trail (PA)

0.9 mi
State: PA
Woodchips

Monocacy Way

2.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Montour Trail

61.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

14.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Oil City Trail

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Path of the Flood Trail/Staple Bend Tunnel Trail

11.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Peace Valley Park Hike & Bike Trail

4.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Penns Creek Path (Mid State Trail)

2.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Pennypack Trail

16 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Cinder

Pine Creek Rail Trail

62 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Railroad Grade Trail (Ives Run )

2.6 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Cinder

Roaring Creek Watershed

8 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Roaring Run Trail

4.8 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Royersford Riverfront Trail

0.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Schuylkill River Trail

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

Shawmut Trail

0.6 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Shenango Trail

7 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Slate Heritage Trail

3.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Snow Shoe Rail Trail

18.5 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Gravel

Stony Valley Railroad Grade

19.7 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Sullivan's Bridge Trail

1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Concrete

Switchback Railroad Trail

18 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

The Lions' Trail

0.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Tyler State Park Trails

10.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Gravel

Union Canal Trail

6.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This trail is not groomed. Three stacked loops offer a variety of hiking and skiing opportunities at a range of difficulty levels. The trail starts out on a railroad grade along Big Mill Creek. This...
PA 7.7 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
This trail is not groomed. The trail is a combination of logging roads, railroad grades and pipelines that offer challenges to a wide range of skill levels. Trail is marked with blue diamonds.
PA 9 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
This trail is not groomed. The three loops are suitable for beginners. The trail is marked with blue diamonds. Check out the short 1.2 mile Hearts Content Interpretive Trail which offers a scenic hike...
PA 8.3 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The route is primitive and unimproved. The trail crosses several streams that are not bridged. The trail follows the scenic Tionesta Creek with lots of great scenery and fishing.
PA 12 mi Dirt, Grass
This trail passes through a variety of pleasing landscapes. The area near Crane Run is especially scenic. The trail is marked with white diamonds. The skill level of this trail is rated more...
PA 16.6 mi Dirt, Grass
Keep your eyes open for wildlife when you visit the Allegheny River Trail. This segment of the Allegheny River—once a canoe route for local tribes and French trappers—was designated a national wild...
PA 30 mi Asphalt
The Armstrong Trail connects riverfront towns along the east bank of the Allegheny River as it winds through the lush Allegheny Plateau. The flat trail, currently 35.5 miles, follows the river...
PA 35.5 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
The Blairsville Riverfront Trail is a scenic woodland trail located along the Conemaugh River. The property the trail was built on is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who maintain a...
PA 1.7 mi Asphalt
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
One mile of the proposed 4-mile Browns Run Trail is currently open near Masontown in German Township, Fayette County. The trail follows the former Monongahela and B&O lines from Lardin House, a local...
PA 0.9 mi Crushed Stone
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 nearly 3-mile long Chester Creek Trail is finally a reality after nearly two decades of planning.  Phase 1 of the multi-use trail was opened to the public in late 2016. It follows the path of the...
PA 2.8 mi Asphalt
The Clarion-Little Toby Trail lets you venture on the wild side for 18 miles as it traverses remote state hunting grounds adjoining the Allegheny National Forest. You’ll likely see deer and other...
PA 18 mi Crushed Stone
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 short but scenic Cowanshannock Trail is a great pathway for hikers, walkers, and bikers to use to link to the larger Armstrong Trail. The Cowanshannock is 1.27 miles long, and plans are to extend...
PA 1.27 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
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous; please refer to the interactive maps on the websites in the Related Content section.  The D&L Trail runs for more than 140 miles through...
PA 142.2 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Not to be confused with the well-known Frick Park across the state in Pittsburgh, the 1.5-mile Frick's Trail is among the newest link in a system of multi-use trails being developed in the suburbs...
PA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Accordion
The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is an iconic rail-trail that runs 150 miles from Cumberland, Maryland, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was built in partnership between state agencies and many local...
MD, PA 150 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Tracing a section of the abandoned Rural Valley Railroad corridor the Great Shamokin Path parallels the Cowanshannock Creek for 3.5 miles. The eastern part of the trail, which is surfaced primarily...
PA 3.5 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Greene River Trail provides an up close tour of riverside communities whose histories are steeped in the coal industry. You can see remnants of coal mining along the trail, as well as chipmunks,...
PA 5.2 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
Stretching 10.6 miles through south-central Pennsylvania, this rail-trail follows the route of the former Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad, a standard--gauge railroad founded in 1852 to...
PA 10.6 mi Crushed Stone
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
Although the J. Manley Robbins Trail spans only 2.5 miles, its rich history and natural beauty make a stop in the rural Pennsylvania borough of Danville worthwhile. The rustic trail—forming a loop of...
PA 2.5 mi Grass, Gravel
The 11.7-mile John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail is a centerpiece of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, which spans 2,856 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. The mostly shaded, paved, off-road trail...
PA 11.7 mi Asphalt
The John Heinz Refuge Trail and various footpaths at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum stand in stark contrast to the urban setting that surrounds this refuge. At different points on this...
PA 7.7 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail runs nearly the length of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River across from New Jersey. The protected...
PA 31.3 mi Crushed Stone
The K&T Trail, also known as the Kensington & Tacony Trail for the former railroad line on which is runs, spans a mile along the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Beginning at the Frankford Arsenal Boat...
PA 1.1 mi Asphalt
The 13.4-mile Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail loops around the picturesque Presque Isle State Park, a peninsula in Lake Erie. Considered Pennsylvania’s only seashore, the 3,200-acre...
PA 13.4 mi Asphalt
The trail winds along the Bushkill Creek connects the old Simon Silk Mill on 13th Street to Third Street at the base of the stone stairs leading up to Lafayette College. The trail is paved and though...
PA 2.4 mi Asphalt
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
The history of Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley is tied to the mighty Susquehanna River. From American Indian cultures and early European settlers to the cities that line the river’s shores today, people...
PA 12.8 mi Asphalt
If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, Mahoning Shadow Trail users expect six more weeks of winter before spring arrives. The 15-mile Central Pennsylvania trail passes through the...
PA 15 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Marilla Bridges Trail provides a 1-mile loop around Marilla Reservoir in Bradford, not far from the Pennsylvania/New York border. The fine-crushed limestone trail offers a scenic trek through the...
PA 1 mi Crushed Stone
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
The pleasant Monocacy Way takes walkers and cyclists on an adventure through the fascinating history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The trail kicks off at Monocacy Creek Park, where you can see the a...
PA 2.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The 61.5-mile Montour Trail follows most of the former Montour Railroad’s main line west and south of Pittsburgh. This little short line was incorporated during the late 19th century and, despite its...
PA 61.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
The Oil City Trail connects the Samuel Justus Recreation Trail and the McClintock Trail through the center of Oil City, Pennsylvania.  The 2-mile walking and biking pathway runs along the Allegheny...
PA 3 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
The Palmer Township Recreation Trail (a.k.a. the Towpath Bike Trail) is a terrific community asset for Palmer and Bethlehem township residents and a great destination for visitors as well. Three modes...
PA 7.8 mi Asphalt
The Path of the Flood Trail might be unique among rail-trails for being named after a tragedy, the Johnstown Flood of 1889, considered the nation’s worst catastrophe of the 19th century. Some 2,200...
PA 11.8 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Peace Valley Park Hike & Bike Trail offers 4 miles of blacktop along the shores of Lake Galena, just north of Doylestown in eastern Pennsylvania. The scenic trail travels through woodlands and...
PA 4.1 mi Asphalt
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
The Pennypack Trail travels through wooded parks in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties along Pennypack Creek, which derives its name from a local American Indian term for a slow-moving creek....
PA 16 mi Asphalt, Cinder
The Pine Creek Rail Trail is one of Pennsylvania’s destination trails, and for good reason. The 62-mile well--maintained trail runs at the bottom of überscenic Pine Creek Gorge, commonly called the...
PA 62 mi Crushed Stone
North of Mansfield lies the Railroad Grade Trail, know to locals as Ives Run. The 2.5-mile trail begins on the north end at the Ives Run Recreation area, near the boat launch parking lot. Travelers on...
PA 2.6 mi Ballast, Cinder
This lovely, relatively flat dirt path runs through the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest. Here, the south tributary of Roaring Creek cuts through the forest, pooling into three large...
PA 8 mi Dirt, Gravel
Evidence of the Roaring Run Trail’s past lives are readily visible all along the 4.8-mile corridor in western Pennsylvania. Stone remains in the Kiskiminetas River (Kiski for short) mark the site of a...
PA 4.8 mi Crushed Stone
Although currently less than a half mile in length, the Royersford Riverfront Trail is a lush, shaded linear park situated between 1st Ave. and the Schuylkill River. Highlights on the paved trail...
PA 0.4 mi Asphalt
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 Shawmut Trail begins in the southwest corner of the small, charming community of Smethport and continues southwest out of town along Marvin Creek. Along the way, views are a mix of woodlands,...
PA 0.6 mi Crushed Stone
The Shenango River Trail once served as a towpath along the Erie Canal Extension. During the mid-1800s, mules pulled boats along the canal, linking goods from the Great Lakes to Pittsburgh and beyond....
PA 7 mi Dirt
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
Coordinated by the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association (SSRTA), the Snow Shoe Trail caters primarily to ATV and off-road motorcycle enthusiasts. It is open to other users as well, but the rough...
PA 18.5 mi Ballast, 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
Completed in the summer of 2016, Sullivan's Bridge and the adjacent trail provide access from the Schuylkill River Trail, Betzwood Park and the section of Valley Forge National Historic Park north of...
PA 1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
When it began operating, the Switchback Railroad was the second railroad in America and the first in Pennsylvania. Built to haul coal from the Summit Mine to the Lehigh Canal, the railroad evolved...
PA 18 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
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
Tyler State Park, located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, covers over 1,700 acres on the grounds of an old farm in a charming woodland setting. The park features a network of interconnected trails,...
PA 10.8 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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

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Recent Trail Reviews

202 Parkway Trail

Good for Cardio

January, 2020 by dcsnyder

Plenty of low grade hills so it's good for a workout.

Shenango Trail

Diamond in the rough

January, 2020 by bfrazier766

This trail is actually closer to 8 miles long, point to point running from kidds mill bridge to big bend. It's a great trail for all levels of hiking or trail running, with great views of the river and wildlife along the whole length of the trail, and is the only primitive hiking trail in the area. A great group of volunteers and the Shenango River Watchers put in alot of work getting the trail cleared up and bringing it back to life. When its wet out, it can be muddy in spots, and when its warm out, there are bugs, because well you are in the great outdoors! 😁

Shenango Trail

Snow Squall Hike

January, 2020 by joseph_torok

1/8/2020 Decided to take a little hike on Kidds Mill trail intending to scout out a proposed loop trail and then hike on to the Shenango Trail. Scouted past eroded bluff and rejoined Kidds Mill trail. 25° degrees and sunny, fresh trackless snow. About a half hour in, a dense snow squall dumped another inch of snow on the previous blanket. Snowed hard enough to limit visibility to 50 yards. Wildlife was absent during the height of the squall which lasted 30 minutes. After the band moved through, spotted three doe and a perched bald eagle. Hiked total 5 miles out and back. Great day, quiet, no fellow hikers.

Accordion

Elizabethtown Connector Trail

Runner & live close by to this trail..

January, 2020 by oneofakindalthex

i have to totally Disagree with the first review . The trail from train station to Masonic is not for walkers only . i am a marathon runner & when training i run this Trail All the time! Great hills & paths to follow . Depending on what time you are out i Always see people . No bikes on trail because of walkers & runners . Very well maintained ..

Power Line Trail (PA)

All around great run. Watch traffic!!

January, 2020 by alvarocsanchez896

This has quickly become my go-to long run spot on a Saturday or Sunday. There’s so much to love about it, about a 10 mile run that is not crowded like the Schuykill river trail can get. I just want to caution folks: you will cross a few busy roads and you must be absolutely sure traffic has stopped for you. I have almost been hit by a car once, and it before I hit mile 1/9. That’s the only downside of this trail, car traffic.

Shenango Trail

December 2019 Hike

January, 2020 by wimer52

Great hike. Trail is marked with white blazes and the towpath trail has a blue dot in the white blaze. North Bend to Kidds Mill Bridge was 9.2 miles. There’s a parking area at Hamburg rd which I think is about halfway.

Shenango Trail

Great Hike

January, 2020 by wimer52

Beautiful trail along the Shenango River. A suspension bridge near North Bend Rd is a bonus. Horses and bikes welcome. Follow the white blazes - the towpath has a blue dot on the white blaze. Relatively flat. North bend to Kidd’s mill bridge was 9.2 miles for me.

Shenango Trail

Shanango Trail

January, 2020 by joseph_torok

New Years' Day hike on the Shenango Trail. 35° and sunny. Spotted three bald eagles; two juveniles and one mature bird. Several hawks sighted by river. Lots of deer sign and evidence of beaver work. Hiked two miles, out and back from Big Bend. Shared the trail with a family of three from Hermitage, PA.

Allegheny National Forest - Twin Lakes Trail

Great Trail with lots of potential!

December, 2019 by srhayduk

I've hiked the entire trail from end to end. It's not an easy hike. The trail has been neglected for years, but has recently been adopted by a few locals who are working hard to get it back in shape. There are areas on the west end that have been rerouted due to beaver dams flooding the area. Follow the diamonds and look for orange ribbons to guide you. There are areas of heavy blow-down which have been cleaned up, but you'll find yourself climbing and ducking a bit. There's a camp site at the top of the hill that overlooks the valley below and another at Coon Run. Both are great for camping overnight or just a day stop. Most of the trail on the east end has been marked for night hiking as well. During winter months the TL Rec area is closed so you won't be able to park at the campground. You can park at Seven Mile Road, hike 2 miles east to the Twin Lakes Campground and walk around the lake (it's beautiful at night, bring a headlamp). Or you can travel west from this parking spot and continue onto the remaining 14+ miles of trail. There is another parking spot along Route 66 just south of James City (on the left). And a few others along forest roads 152 and 133. There are plenty of natural springs along the trail, keep your eyes open for these, as they are not yet marked with signs. I suggest hiking smaller sections of this trail (out and back) if you have never hiked it. But it would make a great 2-day backpacking trip too! Park one vehicle at Twin Lakes Rec Area (during open season) get dropped off along FR 133 at the NCT trailhead. You'll be hiking almost 19 miles from start to finish, including the two connecting trails on each end.

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

we stopped to eat ...

December, 2019 by joelkring

While I often write reviews of trails, I seldom include reviews of places to eat along the trails. The Lebanon Valley Rail Trail is my go to trail, its a modest 40 minute drive, but if I ride the whole trail and include the 3 mile loop through South Hills Park and the 5 mile Conewago trail the entire ride is over 50 miles. When we are out for that long of a ride we like to stop to get something to eat. In the summer months we stop at the Jigger Shop in Mount Gretna but they are closed in the winter so I was looking for other places to eat. I prefer to dine at local eateries rather than big chain places, just a personal preference. Thanks to the TrailLink site I was able to spot a new place just off the trail near the Lebanon Expo Center, Ancestor Coffeehouse and Creperie. I am told by my fellow riders that they have great coffee and I can attest to their delicious crepes. They are open 7 days a week but the hours vary slightly. As they are off the trail about a half a mile I thought that I would include directions. From Lebanon head south to just past mile marker 13, go another 0.3 miles and take the paved trail to the right, at the bottom of the short hill turn hard right and follow the trail to the road. Go left on Springfield then left on Blackford, the restaurant will be on your right in a small strip mall. From Cornwall head north and pass the Lebanon Expo Center, at the end of the short paved section make a HARD left onto a paved trail then follow the directions above. One last note, I do not work at the creperie, nor do I know any of their employees. I just happen to stop by and liked the food and service.

Shenango Trail

Winter Hike Dec. 19, 2019

December, 2019 by joseph_torok

Had a brisk winter hike on the Kidds Mill/Shenango Trails. Sunny, but only 25°at 2 PM. Began at Kidds Mill bridge; no hiker tracks but lots of squirrel, rabbit, dear and coyote sign. Spotted a mature bald eagle as the trail neared the river; screeched and took off flying from the riverbank. Canada geese along the river surface. Trail surface frozen in most spots; some muddy breakthroughs on creek crossings. Skirted around the beaver pond/bog area at the end of Kidds Mill trail and picked up Shenango Trail at mile 1. Hiked an additional 1.5 miles to the beaver pond near Spook Hollow road. Pond frozen, therefore no waterfowl or beaver activities. Met up with a SRW member on the way out. Both trails are clear of obstructions and dry/frozen. The bypass skirting the pond at the end of Kidds Mill allows you to extend the hike another 2 plus miles one way.

Shenango Trail

Trail Status

December, 2019 by joseph_torok

Walked the entire trail from New Hamburg to Big Bend on Dec. 16, 2019. Trail is completely open; free of tree obstructions and brush. Recently completed swinging bridge bypass is open and passable; although 'muck' boots are needed to cross the first stream. Boots are helpful the entire length of trail this time of year due to high stream volumes. Trail muddy in spots: PLEASE do not go off trail to avoid mud; it only makes the problem worse. Lots of evidence of deer traffic on the trail. Lots of squirrels sited and beaver work on riverbank; look for freshly gnawed saplings on your right going south. Work being performed throughout trail to mitigate water and mud concerns. All bridges are passable. Small reroute on Towpath Trail clearly marked. A small reroute is also pink flagged north of bridge no. 1 near Camp Nazareth to avoid water on trail.
The trail north of New Hamburg is completely open to Kidds Mill trail but is for the adventurous and well equipped. Muck boots are definitely needed for a small section just north of New Hamburg and for crossing atop of a large beaver dam at mile 1 north. Beaver are active at dusk each day and can be observed from either end of the dam. Best viewed from the northern end. Waterfowl are also abundant in the pond. At about 1.5 miles north of New Hamburg there is a blazed reroute away from private property and a cow pasture; also signage directing trail traffic. The connection with Kidds Mill trail at 2.8 miles north New Hamburg continues to be a water problem. The beaver have expanded their pond and flooded the existing puncheon bridges. The area can be bypassed by going to the right, skirting the flooded area and rejoining the Kidds Mill trail after a short off trail walk.
The Shenango Trail is a hidden gem for those who want a semi-primitive adventure. Don't be scared off by the challenge of the trail. Be prepared for all conditions and to observe lots of wildlife.

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