Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail is a 14.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marietta, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
14.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

Fun, hike that can be as quick or long as you make it. Kids and dogs can successfully hike it, though there is a steep portion at the beginning/end. The ruins of an 1845 Henry Clay furnace are a highlight. The trailhead is located just north of the parking lot at Breezyview Overlook on the southern end of Chickie's Rock park. The trail immediately descends 200 feet via a steep trail. For the most part it is easily navigable, but there are a couple of places where the loose rocks, angles, and lack of anything to hold onto make a tricky spot. Trekking poles or walking sticks are definitely nice to have. About 3/4 of the way down there is a bridge crossing a gully. One board of the bridge had rotted out, but otherwise it was solid as of 9/2013. At the base of the descent you intersect an old railroad bed. Go right (north) and the ruins of an old iron furnace will be on the right. When you intersect with the Norfolk-Southern rail line, you're at the base of Chickie's Rock. Note that hunting is allowed in the area through which the trail passes. Wear orange for visibility and safety.

mountain biking
13 days ago

22 days ago

Very cool trail... hopefully one day they'll connect this with the Enola Low Grade so you can go from the dam to Falmouth!

It's almost entirely "paved" with stone dust. Bike friendly. Dog friendly. Easy flat walk.

http://www.nwrt.info

2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

flat paved trail. sneaker friendly.

2 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

11 months ago

Awesome paved trail, my daughter and I biked 5 miles..

trail running
11 months ago

Easy! I parked in Marietta and went south towards Columbia, then turned around at the PA462 ramp. On my way back, I diverted up the Breezeway trail (fun!) to catch the amazing views from the gazebo area. Then I descended the trail to get back on the path to my car. At Chiques Rock, Eric Sauder from ValleyToSummit was helping a friend teach their family rock climbing, which I'm thinking of signing up for because I witnessed Eric's 6 yr old son Preston climb one of the craggy faces as if it were the jungle gym at a playground...yeah, he was that good!!

hiking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Saturday, June 04, 2016

backpacking
Thursday, May 19, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's very beautiful, peaceful, and right by the river. The trail has paved riding paths, nice picnic areas, a few look out points, port a potties along the trail, very rich in history, part of the trail is right by the river and the other part of it goes through the woods. They also have benches along the path that you can sit and rest or sit and take in the breathe taking views. If you love to bird watch then you would enjoy the variety of birds along the trail. It ranges from as small as a finch to as large as an eagle and yes you can see eagles nest throughout the trail. And YES I absolutely love going on this trail it is so breathe taking and peaceful. You can see people walking, biking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, picnicing, and so much more.

hiking
Sunday, May 31, 2015

hiking
Sunday, June 22, 2014