There are so many great walking, hiking and biking trails in Lancaster County. With the current restrictions during the COVID-19 crisis, now is a great time to explore them. To start, make sure you have everything you need: water, snacks, mobile phone, and light layers (such as a windbreaker). We also recommend a mask, gloves and hand sanitizer.
Here are three easy trails to check out:
- Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail Trail – this trail has a smooth surface of asphalt and crush stone and extends 7.1 miles. You can catch this trail just a few minutes from United Zion Retirement Community. This trail is great for biking, running and walking. There are even rideshare bikes available (just bring a helmet). This scenic trail goes through preserved farms and some light wooded areas. Need a nice flat portion of trail? Start at the Warwick Township Municipal Authority building and go towards Newport Rd. Map available here. Looking for some other trails in Warwick Township – check out the Warwick Township Trail Map here.
- Landis Wood Trails in Manheim Township – here you can choose between a hike in the woods on a dirt trail or start at Landis Valley Farm museum to catch the flat paved path to Landis Woods that’s part of the Manheim Township Bikeway.
- Chickies Rock – This trail is part of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail between Marietta and Columbia. It features Chickies Rock, a towering quartzite rock formation; river views; and remnants iron furnaces and the old canals. The path is paved and flat in Chickies Rock County Park.
Looking for more trails? Check out this list of Lancaster County trails and nature preserves.