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Meandering 1.4 miles through the borough of Red Lion, this section of the Ma & Pa Community Greenway is called the Red Lion Trail. Following a disused railway corridor for part of its route, this pleasant community trail begins right at the center of Red Lion. The main trailhead is on Main Street by the restored MA&PA train station, which now is home to the Red Lion Historical Society. Heading southwest, the trail weaves along Hess Lane, turns slightly to follow Summit Lane, and then curves parallel to Railroad Ave towards W Maple street.
At the west end of W Maple street, the trail makes a sharp turn and heads north to connect with Vulcan Lane. Continuing northwest, the trail created a loops and eventually crosses over Mill Creek. The trail travels west along the south side of Springwood Road, passing Furlong Way and then makes another sharp turn to go north. Crossing over Springwood Road just shy of the intersection with East Locust Street and Shetland Drive, the trail briefly parallels Shetland Drive before coming to an end at Shetland Drive.
Providing access to downtown Red Lion, recreational facilities, local shopping centers, restaurants, and parks, this paved multi-use trail serves as a safe and pleasant alternative to limited sidewalks along busy roads. In addition to its functionality as a pedestrian/bike route, the trail offers opportunities for exercise and recreation while enjoying natural features of the surrounding landscape.
Additional development of the Ma & Pa Community Greenway included extending the trail approximately 12.4 miles along the former Maryland & Pennsylvania railroad corridor in six York County communities. Renovation and construction has finished on a majority of the trail with the final segments due to be finished in 2024. Starting its northern endpoint, the trail runs south from Mount Rose Avenue in Spring Garden Township to the northern boundary of Felton Borough. Along the way, the trail passes through the Townships of Spring Garden, York, Windsor and Chanceford, as well as the Boroughs of Yoe and Red Lion.
Parking is available in a lot at the east end of the trail, between Summit Lane and 1st Ave.
Although just a mile, Red Lion Borough has extended the trail for it’s full ‘Red Lion Mile’ ! Starts as hard pack finely gravelled surface, which turns into new pavement. Near the end is a small section of paved switchback to negotiate a slope, ending near Springwood Rd and a stone cave. Mostly wooded, although the switchback is open with no trees, it’s a nice dog walking, scooter riding path for post-Easter dinner stroll this year - 2021 post pandemic. ¿¿
It would be great if the borough would fix this up but it really doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Before i actually ran on it i was very excited i found a trail so close to my new home bc this is all i really like to run on but after my first trip i found that there really isn’t much of the trail left at all.
We started at St. Paul's church at Summit Lane, the trail had deep washout gullies as it descended to under Charles Street. After crossing Franklin Street the trail runs between factories the briefly through a wooded patch before ending at a wood products factory. Very disappointed.
This trail isn't marked and about a quarter of a mile into the trail it was blocked and the properties are posted I was hoping to get to the old trestle to see it's ruins but it's not accessible. If it wouldn't have been listed on TrailLink I wouldn't of known it was the trail at all.
A work in progress, the Red Lion Mile is a short, multi-use trail that the borough is developing along a section of the abandoned Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad. The completed section begins at Franklin Street and extends west past industrial sites (some active, some long abandoned) and through wooded areas to an open area at the end of Mill Street. Here, the trail diverges from the old rail bed, winding through an a defunct industrial area that the borough is turning into park, before ending at an unmarked clearing off Springwood Road near the boundary with York Township. One notable sight on this segment is Taylor's Trestle, a wooden railroad trestle that has degraded significantly since the line was abandoned in the 80's (the trail runs to the north of the line here).
Although the trail highlights Red Lion's heritage as a manufacturing center and rail hub while providing a nice, cool walk through some lush woodlands, there is still work to be done. To date, no benches, lighting, or signage has been posted, nor have any formal trailheads been constructed. Furthermore, the section from Franklin Street east to the old train station (which currently houses the Red Lion Historical Society) has not yet been constructed.
Hopefully, the borough will continue construction in the near future. Longer range plans anticipate the Red Lion Mile being incorporated into the Ma & PA Community Greenway, a longer rail trail project that will extend both north and south of town, connecting York with Felton. Unfortunately, ownership of the line was returned to the adjacent property owners after the railroad was abandoned, and local officials estimate that they will have to negotiate with at least 37 landowners before this longer trail can be built.
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