Stony Valley Rail -Trail is a 17 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dauphin, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 17.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,417 feet Route Type: Loop

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rocky
8 days ago

This is NOT an easy bike trail. Pretty level but also rocky. Watch the rain levels prior to going as I’m sure it floods. Well kept by parks commission. We also did not take the “loop”. Where the trail map said to loop, it looked like too much of an incline for us. We went straight back 8 miles from the parking area with no end in sight.

13 days ago

super easy trail. went down by the water and hiked along the creek for a bit. it's beautiful and was quiet

mountain biking
1 month ago

Perfect trail for a nice easy bike ride!!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice walk on a flat gravel road so it’s easy to enjoy the nice scenery around you. There’s a spot about 1/2 mile along where you can go down and sit next to the really lovely creek. There are a handful of relatively easy geocaches along the trail if you’re into that sort of thing. There would be plenty of shade from the tall trees in the summer.

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rocky
3 months ago

The first part is very steep, but a good climb on a gravel service road. The bike side is still service road but more grass and small trees down (nothing impassable only once I had to dismount to get over a tree.) if you want more of a loop continue up the dirt road to the Stony Creek Rail Trail parking. Also, it should be noted that from the rail trail a sign notes it as Rattle Run trail but from the road that dictated as Rattle Run Road.

mountain biking
8 months ago

AMAZING

mountain biking
8 months ago

nice peaceful relaxing ride from the SGL lot on Gold Mine Road to the gate at the Dauphin end. 34+ miles round trip. Decent road for biking on 700x30 tires. a little rough in spots.

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bugs
10 months ago

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Tue May 21 2019

Was nice and flat but only did few miles into it until we turned around. Drove back to gate then walked. Peaceful and colorful trail. Will do this one again and hopefully walk more of a distance.

backpacking
Mon Oct 08 2018

Beautiful views in the fall and Summer. Starting at Ellendale Forge in Dauphin to Lebanon is about 17 miles. The Appalachian Trail intersects the Trail with views of Rouches Gap and the old Cemetery. The Stoney Creek runs close by at all times but sometimes you have to make a short detour. Pass by Rattling Run - about four miles from the gate at Ellendale Forge. It is open one day a year to drive through. Historically, the area was used in the 1800’s as a resort to heal sore muscles believed to be because of the minerals in the Water. You can still see remains of the housing and if you are lucky, you can still find pieces of plates of the time period. Horseshoe Trail is worth exploring if you have the time and stamina. Their is also Saint Paul’s Trail which is very steep. The Devils Run is worth the effort but be prepared for the elements and ensure you bring the correct gear for Hiking. You can drink the water from some springs but it’s recommended for you to either boil or use purification tablets particularly in the fall and hunting season.

Wed Oct 11 2017

The trail was hard to find. We actually walked the roadway thinking it was the trail. No view of the creek which I was expecting.

Mon May 29 2017

Great ride, a bit rocky! Beautiful canopy of trees covers most of the trail.

running
Sun Apr 16 2017

A little hard to find but definitely worth it! Gorgeous rail trail and not very many people. The gate at the cold spring road entrance is open, definitely need 4 by 4 vehicle to get to the lot.

Thu Sep 08 2016

The directions on here are not accurate. You can park at these coordinates and start your ride from here (40.398604,-76.853798). The trail eventually splits and you can travel to the right and up an incline after crossing Stoney Creek. The other way goes on for miles. I only completed about 8 miles before I turned and headed back. The trail is hard packed and is easy to navigate even for children. The woods are peaceful and the trail is shaded. I highly recommend doing even a portion of this trail if you are in the area.

fishing
Tue Feb 02 2016

Awesome

mountain biking
Sat Feb 04 2012

I had biked this trail many years ago as a kid attending a local YMCA Summer Camp. It was a light gravel trail, flat, and scenic rolling along Stoney Creek. From the start, 4-5 miles down the trail is an old wooden bridge with a fresh water spring seeping out of the ground on the NE corner. And 9-11 miles back there is an old station house. This is a good place to stop and turn back. Below the Station, there are fresh water springs. This trail is excellent for all members of the family, and if you have horses, it's a great trail for riding too. Plenty of trail space to maneuver and move.

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