Conestoga Greenway Trail


Register for free!

Register for free with TrailLink today!

We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors
  • View over 30,000 miles of trail maps
  • Share your trail photos
  • Save your own favorite trails
  • Learn about new trails near you
  • Leave reviews for trails
  • Add new and edit existing trails

Conestoga Greenway Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Lancaster
Length: 1 miles
Trail end points: Conestoga Drive near Bridgeport and Lancaster County Central Park at S. Duke St.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6460927
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Walking

With Unlimited:

  • Export to My Trail Guide
  • Create Guidebook
  • Download GPX
  • Download Offline Maps
  • Print Friendly Map
Upgrade Now

Conestoga Greenway Trail Description

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 vehicular traffic in the Park it is great for cycling or hiking. This is the article in the Intelligencer Journal from July 20, 2010.

Parking and Trail Access

There are three access points for this trail. Conestoga Drive at Betz Road behind Conestoga View which is the County Home and Hospital on E. King Street. South Broad Street at the Conestoga River and South Duke Street at Lancaster County Central Park.

Conestoga Greenway Trail Reviews

I loved it. I'm new to riding bikes on the trail rails and this trail was good for me to start

Nice trail with a good view of the Conestoga River. I saw a few bits of trash littered around though. Also it's fairly short if you're going to be biking. It has a a good balance of steep hils and flat areas. Will ride again!

This is a great trail for people using wheelchairs or strollers. Paved in its entirety. 75% in the shade. Will be beautiful in the fall! Hills weren't overly steep. Some of the views were obstucted by trees and foliage but overall the best parts of this trail were overlooking the mini-rapids of the Conestoga River. I also noticed a few remnants of ruins whether a small mill or a bridge at one time...parking is also great, one lot in the middle of the trail on South Broad St, and a smaller lot at the trailhead on South Duke St. both with accessible parking.


This trail is very nice trail.

It sounds like a great trail! I might try it out over my spring break.

Me and my friend took this trail. It is easy to use because of it being paved. I give it 4 Stars!

Although it is only 1.3 miles in length, Lancaster County's new, Conestoga Greenway Trail may set a record for the amount of time taken from the conceptual stage to becoming a reality. First proposed in 1910, the greenway was originally envisioned as a trail running from Lancaster City southwestward along the Conestoga River to its mouth with the much larger Susquehanna at Safe Harbor. Unfortunately, the original proposal never came to fruition, and several attempts to revive the project over the course of the 20th century fizzled, as well.

The Lancaster County Conservancy, a local group dedeicated to preserving open space and controlling sprawl, began the latest effort to build the greenway about a decade ago. Despite numerous hurdles, including opposition from nearby landowners and cost overruns, a scaled-back version of the century-long vision was finally realized in the spring of 2010 when a paved, multi-use trail was constructed from Betz Road southwest to the Duke Street bridge, just across the river from Lancaster County Central Park.

The greenway passes through lush woodlands bordering the river for most of its length, and the only reminders that you are in a city are clusters of housing projects both north and south of the Circle Ave. bridge, as well as the muffled purr of traffic from nearby streets. The presence of the greenway, which abutts the back yards of the housing complexes, should help improve the quality of life in adjacent neighborhoods. The large numbers of people using the trail on Labor Day weekend indicates that it is already a hit.

Another benefit of the Conestoga Greenway Trail is that it allowed a portion of the longer, Conestoga hiking trail to be moved offroad. Not to be confused with the multi-use trail that runs through the greenway, the Conestoga hiking trail is a path that bisects Lancaster County, connecting the Horseshoe Trail in the north with the Norman Wood Bridge in the south (the trail officially crosses the bridge, but this is not recommended due to the lack of shoulders and speeding traffic, both of whicn make crossing on foot very dangerous). Thanks to the opening of the Greenway, hiking trail users can now enjoy a serene walk along the Conestoga River, and can avoid the questionable city neighborhoods that they once had to walk through.

The Conestoga Greenway is a little over one mile in length. It is mostly level and paved its entire length on the west side of the Conestoga River. The south end of the trail is at S. Duke Street. From this point one could go across the bridge and they would be at one of the entrances of Lancaster County Park. Once in County Park there are a number of hiking trails and roads that can be used by cyclists.

Trail Events

This trail does not have any events yet.
Be the first to add one!

Add an Event

Nearby Trails

Northwest Corridor Linear Park

Pennsylvania - 0.7 miles

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...

Mill Creek Trail (PA)

Pennsylvania - 0.9 miles

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....

Belmont Trail

Pennsylvania - 0.5 miles

Constructed as part of the Belmont subdivision/Shoppers At Belmont mixed use development, the Belmont Trail is part of Manheim Township's growing...


Farmingdale Trail

Pennsylvania - 4 miles

Actually a small network of multi-use trails, the Farmingdale Trail has recently been extended through The Crossings mixed-use development and now...

Heritage Trail (PA)

Pennsylvania - 1.1 miles

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...

Manheim Township Bikeway

Pennsylvania - 0.7 miles

Part of Manheim Township's growing network of multi-use greenways, the Manheim Township Bikeway begins off Kissel Hill Road, immediately north of the...

Kissel Hill Commons Trail

Pennsylvania - 1 miles

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...

Manheim Township Community Park Trail

Pennsylvania - 2 miles

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...

Brighton-Reidenbaugh Park Trail

Pennsylvania - 0.5 miles

Located in northern Manheim Township, the Brighton-Reidenbaugh Park Trail is a link in the suburban Lancaster County municipality's growing network of...

Enola Low Grade Trail

Pennsylvania - 28.9 miles

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...

Butterfly Acres Trail

Pennsylvania - 0.5 miles

Situated near the south end of Lititz borough, the half-mile long Butterfly Acres Park Trail follows a restored wetland and small stream, connecting...

Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail

Pennsylvania - 7.1 miles

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,...

Download the TrailLink mobile app and take TrailLink with you!
Support TrailLink and the Trails You Love in 2020!
Get a FREE guidebook when you join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy!

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews

Log in with Google


Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!

Register with Google