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NW Lancaster County River Trail: Bainbridge to Columbia

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Bainbridge, Pennsylvania

NW Lancaster County River Trail: Bainbridge to Columbia is a 11 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bainbridge, 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 March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.0 mi Elevation gain 239 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Running

Paved

Rails trails

River

Views

No shade

Historic site

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Reviews (183)
Photos (170)
Recordings (204)
Completed (217)
Will Mellon
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Hiking
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nina dadul
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Bike touring

Great paved path for biking or running with a stroller. beautiful scenes. Has a bit of everything, woods, river, bridges and tunnels, farms, cliffs for climbing, playground, cookouts and I saw a few people swimming . I am not sure if swimming is allowed but there were great spots for it, I kind of want to take my kids for a swim lol

Joseph Doran
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Hiking

Me and my wife just completed roughly 3 miles of this trail (one way) then 3 miles back. Very cool trail! A lot of historic spots. However a very challenging trail to complete all the way through. If you have a bike it would be perfect, an avid hiker could probably complete all 11 miles with a small break. The trail itself was paved and had a steady flat elevation. We will definitely be back to try and hike other areas of it. It was pretty busy as well but as you get to around the half way point there are much less hikers and more bikers.

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Madeline Cherry
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Road biking

If you want to go on the trail, I would suggest going earlier than noon because it tends to get crowded at the beginning of the trail later in the day. I would also suggest riding your bike if you want to go the entire trail.

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Andrea Simione
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My favorite trail. It's such a beautiful view along the river! So much to see and do from biking to hiking and kayaking. I am on it all the time, favorite spot

Michele Denlinger Hainly
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Hiking

Beautiful trail to ride. Started at Bainbridge and did 22 miles yesterday (out and back) with some friends. Lots of shady spots and some beautiful open areas to ride through. Nice spots to stop and take in the surroundings. Beautiful white cliffs, bridges, a tunnel, and large rock settings. So pretty! This was all paved except for one tiny section that was dirt and a little muddy.

Traci Ramsey
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Hiking

Lots to look at as its right next to the river. At 2.5 miles you can walk up on the White Cliffs of Conoy (old limestone quarry) and then at 3 miles there is an Eagles nest out on an island you can see with binoculars. Whole trail is 11miles. We stopped after we saw the Eagle at 3 miles and walked back. So 6 miles total. All paved walkway, great for kids, strollers, dogs and lots of bikes. Port-a-potties at park and about 2 miles in. Good amount of parking spaces. Shaded in most places. (Gigi’s ice cream shop up the street) Note: Falmouth Trail on opposite side of park.

Jerry Schaffstall
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Beautiful, well maintained trail!

Ciwi B
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HikingBugs

Nice trail. my foot started to hurt about a mile in so I had to turn around.

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Alycia Edwards
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Paved and mostly flat. Easy enough with a stroller.

Stephanie Dodson
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Road biking

busy!

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Dan Bowers
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Hiking

nice well maintained trail, highly trafficked with a lot of bicycles

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Kayla Williams
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Hiking

This trail had a paved walkway and nice views! We took our 3 year old with us. It is a great family-friendly trail.

Brittney Long
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Hiking

We didn’t finish but it was a great trail for our family and kids and great views at the white cliffs . Easy ride nice path

Chris Judy
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Thomas Starosta
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Hiking

Best for biking

Frank Schaeffer
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This trail was nice before it was paved. It is over run with bicycles riding way to fast many speeding by with no warning. It does offer lots of fishing opportunities.

kathy lucas
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Hiking

My favorite attraction of this trail is the eagles nest view. There are stationery binoculars for a great view. From bainbridge it is between the white cliffs and rail bridge.

Matthew Kreider
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Hiking

I did this in the snow right after a snowstorm anywhere from 2 to 8 in of snow on the trail the thicker the snow the heart of the walk I did a little over 5 miles.

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Jenna Carroll
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Awesome part of the NW Lanc trail as the white cliffs are on it. Super pretty and fun to explore!

KEN S.
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Mountain biking

The Lancaster NW River Trail is a great 12 mile (not 3 mi as stated in app) paved rail trail along the Susquehanna River. Very scenic with many markers of historical points of interest along the trail.

Dave R.
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Hiking

Paved rail trail. Nice easy hike and the cliffs are a must see. Trail is loaded with yummy berries. Get ‘em while ya can.

Ally Brion
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Walking

Definitely not a hiking trail, as it’s a paved walking/bike path. Several informational boards along the way describe the history of the area. You are also able to see remains from the ghost town of Billmyer. I found the “cliffs” to be neat but underwhelming. The orange fencing is still up but easy to walk around. Watch your step and wear proper footwear as there is a ton of glass, old scrap metal, and other remains along this trail and the cliffs.

Marla B
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Nice walk- not really a hike. Paved trail- very quiet and scenic. I walked solo and didn’t see another person.

Rebecca Rutherford
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Walking

I love this trail! It is a daily walk for me and my puppy. If you are walking your dog be cautious of people who let there dogs off leash on this trail. I see this almost daily.

Sara Schreffler
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Walking
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Great trail for biking, walking, and running. Plenty of history in the area, and the White Cliffs of Conoy offer an amazing view.

Eric McWilliams
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Hiking
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Missie Maley
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Benny Abbott
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Chuck Howard
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