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Guide to the York Rail Trail

a section of the york rail trailYork County is a unique area in Southern PA because it has a little bit of everything. Whether you prefer a quiet, rural place to call home or a busier, more urban setting, you can find it there. The area boasts all kinds of different attractions for every interest, from athletics to art to history.

Whether you’re a long-time resident of York or just passing through, the York Rail Trail is a great site to visit in the area. What is the Heritage Rail Trail? York’s Rail Trail is part of Heritage Rail Trail County Park. The park is 176 acres and 21 miles long. It goes from the Mason Dixon line — the original border between Pennsylvania and Maryland — and runs all the way to the City of York.

As its name implies, the Trail contains railroad tracks that are still active. When you’re visiting, it’s important to mind the tracks and only cross at designated rail crossings.

The park is operated by the York County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Things to Do

There are lots of different activities at the Heritage Rail Trail County Park. No matter what your interests are, there’s something that you and your whole family can do together. Consider planning a trip to the park for one or more of the following activities:

  • Hiking: Whether you’d like to go for a long hike or a leisurely walk, the park is a great place to visit. Enjoy being outside among the trees and quiet, and wave to the trains as they pass by!
  • Biking: Avoid cycling along busy and dangerous roads by choosing the York Rail Trail instead. Whether you’re an amateur cyclist or more serious, you can enjoy the ride in a beautiful place.
  • Jogging: Are you getting tired of jogging on a treadmill at the gym or taking the same route around your neighborhood every time? Mix up your exercise routine by taking a jog through the park instead.
  • Horseback riding: If you’re an equestrian enthusiast, the Heritage Rail Trail County Park is a great new place to go for a ride.
  • Museums: If you’re a history buff or just curious about learning about local history, you can stop in either of the two museums along the Trail. You’ll find one of the museums at the Hanover Junction Trail Station and the other at the New Freedom Train Station.

For an official York Rail Trail guide, get a copy of The Trailblazer. This comprehensive booklet will provide information about the park’s past, present and future.

Parking Locations

With such a large area, the Heritage Rail Trail County Park has several parking locations to make entering the park easy from many parts of York County. Choose any one of these locations:

  • York City: Park along Pershing Avenue
  • Brillhart Station: About 77 spots available in a lot located on Days Mill Road
  • Glatfelter Station: About 43 spots located on Glatfelter Station Road
  • Seven Valleys: Parking lot of about 30 spots located near Eysters Machine Shop on Route 214
  • Hanover Junction: About 60 spots available in a lot located on Route 616
  • Glen Rock: About 16 parking spots available off of Water Street
  • Railroad: Approximately 24 spots on 851 West
  • New Freedom Station: At the corner of Front and Franklin Streets are about 40 spots

Get specific instructions and directions for parking and more online for the Heritage Rail Trail County Park. If you’re looking for a home in the area so that you can enjoy the park more often, contact CENTURY 21 Core Partners.

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2 Responses to “Guide to the York Rail Trail”

  • Debra Zimmerman
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    My sisters and I are planning to bike the trail for a few days. Do you allow overnight parking at the trail parking lots? Considering the Rte. 30 parking lot or John Rudy County park lot.

    • CENTURY 21 Core Partners
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      Heritage Rail Trail Parking

      Hey there, thanks for the comment on our blog! There are different designated areas to park for the Heritage Rail Trail, you can find exactly where you would like to be from the Offical York Website – Specifically the Heritage Rail trail Section I linked for you!

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