Hike, bike, jog or horseback ride along 21 miles of York County railroad history and natural beauty.
Give them a call on 717-840-7440, or visit the local area website here – https://yorkcountypa.gov/
The Heritage Rail Trail County Park, which parallels the Northern Central Railway in York County, provides a recreational area for hiking, jogging, biking and horseback riding along 21 miles of railroad bed. In the 1800s, the railroad was a vital link between Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, upstate New York and Lake Ontario. It brought prosperity to York’s farmers, merchants and manufacturers. The trail runs north from the Mason-Dixon Line just south of the Borough of New Freedom, through Glen Rock, Hanover Junction, and Seven Valleys to the Colonial Courthouse in York City. (Below the Mason-Dixon Line, it connects with Maryland’s 20-mile long Northern Central Railroad Trail.) In addition to the Colonial Courthouse, three other historic structures situated along the trail are the Hanover Junction and New Freedom Train stations and the 370-foot Howard Tunnel, which opened in 1838 and is the oldest continuously operational railroad tunnel in the world.