Enola Low Grade Trail is a 29.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Washington Boro, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length29.4 miElevation gain1,505 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningPartially pavedRails trailsRiverViewsWildlife
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The section East of Quarryville is fairly rough - equivalent to a fire or access road in most places with a combination of dirt, grass, large gravel and one section of a hundred or so yards of very thick mud. But that section is very private. Around Quarryville the trail becomes a very well-maintained typical rail travel with fine crushed stone and benches spaced throughout for breaks. A very easy and comfortable ride. If you're looking for some adventure hit the East section with a mountain bike. If you want a more casual ride go West from Quarryville. Accessibility: There appear to be 2 designated accessible spaces in the paved parking lot off of River Road at the west end of the trail. Both of them are van-accessible with striped access aisles. There is at least 1 more designated van-accessible parking spot marked with a waypoint in Quarryville. The trail surface is pavement (with railings at bridges) or natural and potentially soft and uneven, and typically at least 3 feet wide. There is a painted dividing line along some portions of the paved trail which reduces the width. The most accessible portion of the trail is from the 0.0 through about the 17.7 mile mark. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less) except for moderately steep to very steep (over 5%) uphill and downhill sections at about 4.8 through 5.0, 7.9 through 8.2, and 28.7 miles when going eastbound. Trail goers/hikers using wheelchairs/mobility equipment or strollers may need assistance in the steeper sections or to avoid them for safety. All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for the unpaved, soft, and uneven sections. There are benches and picnic tables along portions of the route for resting.

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Mike Koser
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Kel H
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Road biking

Flat Flat Flat. Lol. Wanted to bike further but BOTH trestles are out.

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Lee McCoury
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Charles Plude
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Walking

Happy Halloween from Cheggy's. Great fall walk along the river.

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Brian P.
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Mountain bikingGreat!

First time on this trail and really enjoyed it. I started at the parking lot on Bushong Rd and headed East. Before leaving the house I wasn't sure whether to bring my cross bike or my mountain bike but was very glad I ultimately choose the mountain bike. The section East of Quarryville is fairly rough - equivalent to a fire or access road in most places with a combination of dirt, grass, large gravel and one section of a hundred or so yards of very thick mud (thick enough that I was struggling on my fat tire mountain bike). But that section was very private. I think I saw two other people/groups in the approximately 13 mile round trip from the parking lot and back. Afterwards I continued West and around Quarryville the trail becomes a very well maintained typical rail travel with fine crushed stone and benches spaced throughout for breaks. A very easy and comfortable ride. If you're looking for some adventure hit the East section with a mountain bike. If you want a more casual ride go West from Quarryville. I turned around at Smithville/272 so can't really comment on the parts of the trail West of there. Overall was about 33 miles for the portions I completed.

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Lola Nichols
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WalkingGreat!

Walked a short bit of this trail starting at Quarryville. Easy, flat, well maintained. Would be great for bikes.

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Mike Novak
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Elizabeth Sollecito
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Hiking

Nice and flat trail, good for running. Not the prettiest, but really lovely. bridge is out at around 5 miles, though. not sure when it will be open.

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Dana Vitanza
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Hiking

Nice smooth ride

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Michael Yackanech
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HikingBridge out

Awesome trail from turkey hill to the safe harbor dam, but the bridge is out. How do you get to the rest of the trail?

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B Plato
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Road bikingBridge out

Two friends and I rode from Fairview rd parking lot to the closed bridge crossing about a mile past Martic Forge. This section is very flat to the point we couldn't determine an up or down going or coming. The trail is a full road width and covered with very fine crush-n-run with a very smooth surface. Arrow straight and completely tree lined on each side which don't allow for any scenic views. A high power electric line accompanies you the entire length. I recommend this trail for soaking up the miles but not very interesting.

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Josh Dengler
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Mountain biking

Nice well maintained entrance easy to find. Straight flat path. River on one side, awesome rock cliffs on the other. Bird watching is awesome. About 6 miles to the Trestle, turn around point. I really hope they can get the funding to build out this bridge someday.

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Dan Clementi
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Hiking

Beautiful, peaceful trail. I only spent a couple hours and change last evening walking the dog from Quarryville to Providence Church and back, but it was relaxing and peaceful. After an afternoon at Lock 12, I burned off the sunlight and met allot of other dog owners and bicyclists. Nice scenery and fresh air.

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Krysta Novak
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This is the absolute worst "trail" I have ever been on. "Trail"-head is nowhere near where GPS takes you. GPS brings you to a point of nothing on the bottom of a cliff side. When you finally exhaust yourself looking for the trailhead on a dangerous and narrow road, get back in your car to drive home and you will see a mostly hidden sign on the right side of a road up a hill that you never could have seen going the other way. This will lead you to the Enola Low Grade (F-) "Trail". At this point you will be filled with elation at finally having found it but don't worry, it won't last long. Step one foot onto the "trail" and you will immediately be ready to head home and pretend this day never happened. Stretching off into the horizon, as far as the human eye can possibly see...is still NOT the end of this flat desolate waste land of a trail. I hope to God I never have to actually walk that green mile. Please folks, for your own good, do NOT bother with this trail. You will be happier without it.

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Denise Steed
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Road biking

May 2020 - Nice wide and flat biking/walking path, great for families, leisure riders. Parked car at Sigmon Rd and biked East to Quarryville. Got off trail there and biked through town looking for refreshments. Didn’t find anything except Sams Pizza is open for beer and pizza take out. 18 miles r.t. Would be hot in summer as there is not much shade.

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Michelle Weaver
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Hiking

Easy walk with kids and dog! You can go as near or as far as you want!

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Damond Holsinger
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Mountain bikingBridge outMuddyOff trailOver grownPrivate propertyRockyWashed out

March 24, 2020 Cross County Trek Start to Finish...It Can be Done! There are two discontinuous locations on the trail and several miles of less than ideal conditions but with just a little perseverance it can be done as I my teenage boys demonstrated. Location #1 - Portage from Safe Harbor to Shenk's Ferry Wild Flower Preserve (5-6 miles) At the end of the roughly 5 mile trek from Turkey Hill to Safe Harbor look to your left. You will find a warn walking trail that can accommodate you and your bike. WARNING: When you leave the trail you are on private property but only for a short period of time. Make your way to Oak Road then North (left) to River Road. Head east (right) on River Road , cross over the Conestoga River and bare right toward the Susquehanna remaining on River Road. Baer left taking River Road up the strenuous hill to find Green Hill Road. This road will take you to the intersection of Shenk's Ferry Road on your left. Pedal a short distance then take a stone access road down toward the River. Just before you reach the parking lot you will see the Enola Grade trail bridge above. To the right is a foot trail up to the bridge. Once on the trail again turn right if you want to claim respect for biking the whole trail. Turn left (down river) if you have some sense and want to continue on...my boys went right, reached the other side of the Safe Harbor bridge then doubled back...(boys!). It's not long until you reach the second and final insurmountable obstacle, the trestle at Martic Forge trail head. Location #2 - 3-4 mile Portage from Martic Forge Trail Head to Red Hill Road access just off 324 Again, if you want to claim every foot of trail ride past the Martic Forge trail head .5 miles to where access is blocked then circle back to the trail head. Take Colemanville Church Rd. down to River Road. Turn right onto River Rd.and continue to Rt 324, turn left cross over the Pequea River and pedal uphill. DO NOT turn right into the Marticville Park. Continue past S turns and you will see the trail head on your right. Congratulations from here you can reach the end of the trail 25 miles away at Atglen on the other side of the county. It was a strenuous ride for my boys (15 and 18) on mountain bikes. There are several points where the trail is muddy and other areas of large rocks. The trail end is very "lack luster", starting with a downed "Trail Closed" sign followed by an industrial rail park at Atglen, The trail becomes less and less maintained after Quarryville. An Atglen local told me there is a new trail head and trail restoration going on just before Atglen marking the end of the trail...seems a much more fitting reward for 30 miles!

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Jasmine Sweigart
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One of my favorite trails around. Easy to bike or push a jogging stroller through. Shortly passed mile marker 1 1/2, there’s a waterfall and runoff area that’s a great spot to explore off trail. (Starting from the Turkey Hill Trail side, closest to Columbia.) We’ve seen bald eagles, rock climbers, turtles, and all sorts of other neat critters on this path!

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Laura Sheehan
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Rail trail, easy walking. But it was the day – a beautiful sunny breezy day in January, that made this trail so incredible.

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Aaron Stonacek
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Road biking

Bikers - be aware the trail is not a 30 mile point to point. You get cut off at the Safe Harbor dam. It’s about 5.3 miles out to that point. Appears you can park on the other side of the rail crossing and pick up the remainder of the trail from there.

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Dan Jr
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Mountain biking

Foggy day. 50 degrees. Light rain. Trail bike to Safe Harbor Dam where the rail trail bridge is closed. 11.2 miles round trip. 60 mins.

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Joel Dyer
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Mountain bikingBridge out

Trail open to Safe Harbor. Closed from there to Marticville. From Marticville to Quarryville open. Gravel road. Easy ride out and back. Some spot from Marticville can be sloppy day after heavy rain.

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Jean Kountz
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Road bikingClosed

Closed at Martic Forge

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Jean Kountz
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Road biking

Interesting and easy trail with features like rock climbing, a hydroelectric dam and a restored caboose. Beautiful views of the Susquehanna River, though you ate separated by a chain-link fence. It ends at Safe Harbor Dam, no way through to the other side.

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