Parks & Recreation

Heritage Rail Trail Park

   

 Heritage Rail Trail County Park Heritage Rail Trail County Park Heritage Rail Trail County Park


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Railroad tracks are now active!

Attention Rail Trail users, the adjoining railroad tracks are now active. The Steam into History excursion train is using the railroad tracks along the Rail Trail. (From New Freedom to Hanover Junction Train Station). Expect to see a train at any time while enjoying a trip on the trail. Where the trail crosses the railroad tracks, check both directions before proceeding. For those interested in Steam into History click here for the train schedule http://steamintohistory.com.

 2012 Heritage Rail Trail User Study and Economic Impact Report

Facilities:

Park Brochure & Trail Map

 

Features:

Biker on the Heritage Rail TrailEstablished in 1992 and covering 176 acres, the Heritage Rail Trail County Park is 21 miles long and runs north from the Mason Dixon line just south of the Borough of New Freedom through Glen Rock, Hanover Junction, and Seven Valleys in the Howard Tunnel to the Colonial Courthouse in the City of York. The trail connects to Maryland's 20-mile long Torrey C. Brown Trail. In addition to the Colonial Courthouse, three historic structures are located on the trail; Hanover Junction and New Freedom Train Stations and Howard Tunnel. Since the railway is operational, please stay clear of tracks at all times and cross only at established crossings. Take a tour of the trail on the computer.

Activities:

The most popular activities on the trail are hiking, jogging, bicycle riding, and horseback riding.

Join us this summer for a 12 to 15 mile ride on the trail. Each ride has a different starting place. Starting time is 6:30 p.m.  For more information download the Sunset Scramble Bike Ride

You may also enjoy a 9 mile moonlight ride. For more information click on the Moonlight Bike Ride.

A Museum is now open on the first floor of the renovated Hanover Junction Train Station. The days and hours that the museum is open to the public can be found at the following link. Hanover Junction Trail Station

The newly restored New Freedom Train Station is complete. Click here to see the dates and times this station will be open. New Freedom Train Station

Download the Rail Trail 2007 survey results in PDF format.

Regulations:

Park regulations are posted at all parking lots and road crossings. Alcoholic beverages, camping, fires, weapons, and motorized vehicles are prohibited. All pets must be leashed when on the trail and owners must clean up after their pets. Users should stay on the trail, as the land on both sides is privately owned. In addition, courtesy rules are posted to remind users to respect other users. York County Parks promotes "Carry In, Carry Out" with respect to trash. Please take home what you bring.

 

Parking:

Heritage Rail Trail Map York City Brillhart Station Glatfelter Station Seven Valleys Hanover Junction Glen Rock Railroad New Freedom Station York City: (From North) from I-83 use old exit #10 or new exit #22 (North George St.). Follow N. George St. south for approx. 3 miles to W. Philadelphia St. Turn right on W. Philadelphia St. Follow 2 blocks to Pershing Ave. Follow to Parking Area. (From South) From I-83 use old exit #5 or new exit #15 (S. George St.) Follow north approx. 3 miles to W. Princess St. Turn left on W. Princess St. Follow 2 blocks to Pershing Ave. Turn right on Pershing Ave. Follow 3 blocks to Parking Area. (For more info. on city parking go to yorkcity.org/parking)

Brillhart Station: I-83 to old exit #4 or new exit #14 (Leader Heights Rd.) Follow Leaders Heights Rd. west approx. 1/2 mile to Indian Rock Dam Rd. Follow Indian Rock Dam Rd. approx. 2 miles. Turn left onto Croll School Rd. Turn right onto Days Mill Rd. Follow approx. 1 mile to parking lot. From Rt 30: Follow Rt. 616 south approx. 3 miles to George St. Turn left onto George St. (E) (In York New Salem) Follow George St. (E) approx. 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Days Mill Rd. Follow approx. 1 mile to parking lot on right. Approx. 77 Parking Spots

Glatfelter Station: I-83 to old exit #3 or new exit #10 (Loganville) Follow signs to Rt. 214. Take Rt. 214 west for approx. 4 miles to Glatfelters Station Rd. Turn right on Glatfelters Station Rd. Parking area is approx. 1 mile on the right. Approx. 43 Parking Spots

Seven Valleys: I-83 to old exit #3 or new exit #10 (Loganville) Follow signs to Rt. 214. Take Rt. 214 west to the borough of Seven Valleys. Parking lot is on right at Eysters machine Shop. Approx. 30 Parking Spots

Hanover Junction: I-83 to old exit #3 or new exit #10(Loganville) Follow signs to Rt. 214 west to for approx. 5 miles to Rt. 616 south (Right Turn) Follow Rt. 616 south. Parking lot is on the left. From Rt. 30: Take Rt 616 south. Parking lot is approx. 6.5 miles on left. Approx. 50 Parking Spots

Glen Rock: I-83 to Glen Rock old exit #2 or new exit #8(Glen Rock). Follow Rt. 216 west for approx. 4.5 miles to Glen Rock. Right on Water St. Cross railroad tracks and turn right. Follow for approx. .1 mile, Rail Trail Parking lot is on the right. Approx. 16 Parking Spots

Railroad: I-83 to old exit #1 or new exit #4(Shrewsbury). Take 851 West. Parking is 3 miles on the right. Approx. 24 Parking Spots

New Freedom Station: I-83 to old exit #1 or new exit #4(Shrewsbury). West on Rt. 851 to Railroad Borough. Turn left onto 851 West to New Freedom. Turn left on Franklin St. The parking lot is 1 block on the left corner of Front and Franklin Sts. Approx. 40 Parking Spots

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Advertisement for Heritage Rail TrailThe Trailblazer:
Your Guide to the York County, Pennsylvania Heritage Rail Trail County Park

York County Department of Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the release of a new guide “The Trailblazer: Your Guide to the York County, Pennsylvania Heritage Rail Trail County Park.” The 31-page booklet includes information and the past, present and future of the popular recreational corridor. For the ease of reading, the booklet is divided into ten sections, each section covering a particular portion of the trail. Also included are a mileage chart, elevation diagram and history of the railroad, New Freedom Train Station, Hanover Junction Train Junction and Howard Tunnel.

The booklet can be purchased at the York County Parks administrative office at Rudy County Park, Nixon County Park Nature Center, New Freedom Train Station and Hanover Junction Train Station. Also the booklets are available at the York County Heritage Trust museums in York and at the John and Kathrynn Zimmerman Center for Heritage headquarters of the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area in Long Level. The booklet is $5.00

The project was funded in part by the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area and by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Program. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Heritage Rail Trail Corridor.

 

Trail Distances from the Colonial Courthouse
Traveling South
Trail Distances from Maryland Line
Traveling North
York County Colonial Courthouse 0.00 miles Maryland State Line 0.00 miles
Richland Avenue Overpass 1.35 miles New Freedom Train Station 1.50 miles
Hyde 2.60 miles Railroad Parking Lot 3.00 miles
Days Mill Road Crossing 4.10 miles Glen Rock Parking Lot 6.25 miles
Howard Tunnel 5.85 miles Hanover Junction Train Station 10.50 miles
Glatfelters Station Parking Lot 7.60 miles Seven Valleys Bridge Overpass 11.50 miles
Seven Valleys Bridge Overpass 9.60 miles Glatfelters Station Parking Lot 13.50 miles
Hanover Junction Train Station 10.60 miles Howard Tunnel 15.25 miles
Glen Rock Parking Lot 14.85 miles Days Mill Road Crossing 17.00 miles
Railroad Parking Lot 18.10 miles Hyde 18.50 miles
New Freedom Train Station 19.60 miles Richland Avenue Overpass 19.75 miles
Maryland State Line 21.10 miles York County Colonial Courthouse 21.10 miles

 

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To Report an Emergency or Law Violation please note your location and dial 911
To obtain additional information please write or call:
York County Parks
400 Mundis Race Road
York, PA 17406
(717) 840-7440