Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

MODERATE 23 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

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
29 days ago

This trail is terrific to bike or hike. It's paved most of the way with nice benches along the way to sit and cool off. There are side trails that are fun to explore, and the river is never far away. The beginning of the trail features a lot of large rocky out croppings, and some cool stone structure remains. It then takes u through historic Marietta which is a good spot to stop at a pub for a beer or at the county park to fill up your water bottles from the water fountains. I explored the white cliffs of Conoy which are at the far end of the trail. It was an interesting site, but a bit anti-climatic. Farther down, the trail becomes unpaved but is still navigable by bike. The unpaved portion will drop u off in Faulmouth. If you cross over the parking lot, there is a very unmarked, lightly treaded trail through the woods. If you take the trail to the second set of power lines and head towards the river you'll see some of the conewago potholes. You'll also cross over a pretty creek and the area is full of wildflowers this time of year. I loved every portion of this trail.

mountain biking
29 days ago

This trail is terrific to bike or hike. It's paved most of the way with nice benches along the way to sit and cool off. There are side trails that are fun to explore, and the river is never far away. The beginning of the trail features a lot of large rocky out croppings, and some cool stone structure remains. It then takes u through historic Marietta which is a good spot to stop at a pub for a beer or at the county park to fill up your water bottles from the water fountains. I explored the white cliffs of Conoy which are at the far end of the trail. It was an interesting site, but a bit anti-climatic. Farther down, the trail becomes unpaved but is still navigable by bike. The unpaved portion will drop u off in Faulmouth. If you cross over the parking lot, there is a very unmarked, lightly treaded trail through the woods. If you take the trail to the second set of power lines and head towards the river you'll see some of the conewago potholes. You'll also cross over a pretty creek and the area is full of wildflowers this time of year. I loved every portion of this trail.

30 days ago

hiking
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hiking
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mountain biking
2 months ago

2 months 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.

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4 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

flat paved trail. sneaker friendly.

4 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

Monday, July 04, 2016

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

trail running
Monday, July 04, 2016

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