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Posted on: June 3, 2022

Ribbon-cutting for Hanover Trolley Trail in Spring Grove



Hanover Trolley Trail expansion begins 



The Hanover Trolley Trail is growing. In response to increased usage of parks and trails across the country, a 

new section of the Hanover Trolley Trail in Spring Grove Borough will officially open to the public on 

Thursday, June 2, 2022. A public ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 4 PM at Thoman Field, East Railroad 

Street, Spring Grove, PA. 

The ceremony marks the completion of the first phase of an ambitious trail expansion program to convert 8.5 

miles of dormant rail line into a multi-use trail. Located east and west of Spring Grove, the rail corridor was 

purchased by the York County Rail Trail Authority in 2020, specifically to advance development of the 

Hanover Trolley Trail. 

Between 2008 and 2013, two sections of the Hanover Trolley Trail were completed in the Spring Grove and 

Hanover areas along a Met-Ed utility corridor known as the York Hanover Trolley Line. These sections are 

widely used by local residents for walking, cycling, and other forms of outdoor recreation. The recently 

constructed section adds 0.3 miles to the Spring Grove trail section and creates walking and cycling links to 

the borough’s parks and downtown district. 

The project is funded through grants from Explore York, PA Department of Conservation and Natural 

Resources, and the County of York’s allocation of federal American Rescue Act Plan funds. Authority 

chairman Frank Kempf added, “Through this generous financial support, the Rail Trail Authority is able to 

convert this first section of dormant rail line for public use as a recreational trail. But this is just the beginning. 

As additional funding becomes available, future phases will be constructed.” 

Silas Chamberlin, vice-president of the York County Economic Alliance and also a member of the Authority, 

remarks, "Continued development of the Hanover Trolley Trail will have significant economic benefits for 

Spring Grove and Hanover, as trail users venture off the trail to patronize trail-friendly businesses and visit 

our York County Trail Towns.” Dr. Chamberlin adds, “Study after study has consistently revealed the return 

on investments in trails, which attract businesses and residents to communities and spur revitalization. As a 

result, every dollar our county invests in trails returns over $200 to our regional economy. The Hanover 

Trolley Trail is a prime project to spur this type of local redevelopment in this part of York County.” 

Additional sections of the dormant rail line are currently under design for conversion to a trail, as the York 

County Rail Trail Authority continues efforts to expand the Hanover Trolley Trail.

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