DO. Recreation at the Heritage Rail Trail County Park


Spring has sprung (despite some leftover flurries). As we look to come out of our winter hibernation, our attention to turns toward outdoor activities. Did you know that Central Pennsylvania has a fully accessible, twenty-one-mile long rail trail that’ll take you from the heart of downtown York clear down to the Maryland state line? The Heritage Rail Trail County Park is an ADA compliant, 10-foot wide compacted stone surface that is designed to handle running, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and more!

This linear trail runs through scenic southern York County, crossing through 11 different municipalities. The trail is equipped with facilities including public restrooms, picnic tables, and benches. There are several small communities along the trail’s path that offer food and areas to rest and relax. The Heritage Rail Trail is built to provide a relatively level grade, with elevations between 400-800 feet.  The trail also offers a glimpse into our past, with a historic railroad line running adjacent to the trail. This same railroad line was used by President Abraham Lincoln as he traveled from Washington D.C. to Gettysburg to give the famous Gettysburg Address!

Fresh air, miles and miles of scenery, and surroundings filled with history. If this sounds like your perfect day, then start planning your visit today by learning more online. The park is open year-round, from 8 am until dusk.

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