Lykens Valley Rail Trail


Lykens Valley Rail Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Dauphin
Length: 9.2 miles
Trail end points: West of Lawley Rd. (Lykens) and Mountain St. (Wiconisco)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7387373
Trail activites: Bike, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Lykens Valley Rail Trail Description

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 of trail runs north-south between the Susquehanna River and River Street, while another section of about 3 miles traces the southern side of Wiconisco Creek.

Farther east, the longest contiguous section of the trail runs for nearly 6 miles through Lykens and Wiconisco to Williamstown. This section of the trail meanders through state game lands and a pleasant wooded corridor.

Parking and Trail Access

In Lykens, park at the end of S. 2nd Street just west of where it meets Lawley Road. On the west end of Wiconisco, park along Arch Street by the ball field.

Lykens Valley Rail Trail Reviews

I went hiking there for the first time today in Millerbsurg. I started on the 3 mile section of the rails trail where the Lykens Valley RR used to run. I walked to the very end and then when I came back I hiked up the mountain and there is a very nice view from the power lines! Had a blast. Will be going back to explore more trails there and eventually will have to get down to the other section in Elizebetheville.

This trail has the potential to be a very nice trail. The western section of the trail (as of June 2014) consists of a signed route that runs from South 2nd Street in Lykens to Wiconisco following mostly lightly traveled streets. East of Wiconisco, the trail appears to be under construction, although there are no signs to indicate this. The trail surface is large gravel east of Mountain Street in Wiconisco. To the west of Lykens is the nicest section of the trail. It extends approximately 1.25 miles to the west of South 2nd Street near Lawley Road and ends at an "End of Trail" sign. In the east, I could only find a segment of the trail in Riverfront Park in Millersburg. This section is 0.4 miles long, 6 foot wide asphalt and runs from the Millersburg Ferry south to MYO Park and includes a swinging bridge over the Wiconisco Creek. Parking is available at Arch St and North 2nd Street in Lykens and at Riverfront Park on River Street in Millersburg.

From the baseball field at the park in Elizabethville to Loyalton is a nice part of the trail not mentioned.


There is a 3 mile section behind the baseball fields at the park. It goes from the ball field to the east side of the gun club near Loyalton. It's a pretty nice part of the trail.

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