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Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

MODERATE 101 reviews

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail is a 22.3 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: 22.3 miles Elevation Gain: 515 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

partially paved

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.

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome trail heavily trafficked. Go early! Good views.

Lots of cool things to check out on the trail! We only had time to go a few miles in but we’re definitely going to come back soon to finish the rest. The water is beautiful, there’s a cool rock tunnel, some interesting stone structures, and we even ran into a “trail trolley” that sold hot dogs, drinks, and ice cream which was really rewarding after walking 3 miles in 90 degree weather

hiking
1 month ago

Paved flat trail along railroad and river. There is some cool things along the trail. Highly trafficked by bikes and hikers. Great for marathon training or an easy walk!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Love love love! Great scenery. Bainbridge to Columbia, paved over 90%. A LOT of bikers. This was my first ride on this trail and will absolutely be back!

Flat and paved trail to The Cliffs of Conoy.

hiking
4 months ago

Great, easy, paved, well maintained trail. Took my active 70 year old father along for an 8.25 mile round trip from Bainbridge to East Donagal Riverside Park. Parked at Koser Park in Bainbridge and headed south along the trail. One and a half miles in you reach the White Cliffs of Conoy, a limestone outcrop. Sounded a little more dramatic than reality, was nice though. At mile marker 9, two miles in from Bainbridge, there is a Bald Eagle’s nest with a viewing area and binoculars on a pedestal. One eagle was home, maybe sitting on an egg as it was early April. Continued under the Shocks Mill Railroad Bridge, typically beautiful Pennsylvania railroad bridge built in 1905 with a modern boardwalk style walkway underneath. Arrived at the East Donagal park and sat a spell before turning back around to go to the car. Overall a great afternoon. 4/5, would do again. Next time will place a car at both ends and go point to point between Bainbridge and Marietta.

11 months ago

I live a long this trail and respect every aspect of living on a trail. It’s such a special thing to be a part of and I make every element of a trail a part of my life and family’s lifestyle. Beautiful trail and great for running and bike riding. I have road my bike the entire distance and love it. I have ran half of the trail which is great to run because it is shaded and cool. Great for dogs and kids too!

hiking
11 months ago

Our first hiking experience. It was a good trail to be the first!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

We LOVED this trail! Started in Marietta River Park and biked all the way down to Columbia Crossing. Excellently maintained trail that made for a beautiful ride. There are spots along the way to stop and go down to the river, and also a lovely wildflower meadow. Don’t forget to stop at the snow cone stand at Chiques Rock! Very kind lady and very refreshing treats. Made for an amazing day!

Friday, July 20, 2018

this is paved trail and is over run with bicycles riding way to fast and not signaling when they ride up on you. very busy place. Good for a little family walk and strollers.

road biking
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Forget the cowbell. For a river trail I need a little more river view! Good flat path great for walk/run/bike tho.

mountain biking
Friday, July 21, 2017

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.

Friday, June 02, 2017

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

Saturday, April 01, 2017

flat paved trail. sneaker friendly.

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!!

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.

road biking
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mountain biking
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