Conewago Recreation Trail
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in conjunction with Lancaster County, is undertaking a study of the Conewago Trail Crossing at PA 743 in Mount Joy Township and WE NEED YOUR INPUT. Please take a few minutes to participate in a short survey that will help guide our efforts in best meeting the needs of trail users. Survey information is here.
Notice: Work on-going at Conewago Recreation Trail to remove trees infested by the Emerald Ash Borer. Click here for more about this insect.
In 1979, the county acquired the Conewago Recreation Trail, located between Route 230 and the Lebanon County line, northwest of Elizabethtown. This 5-mile trail, formerly the Cornwall-Lebanon rail line, connects to the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, and follows the Conewago Creek through scenic farmland and woodlands.
The Conewago Recreation Trail has well-graded, level surfaces and six street crossings that are marked for safe trail use, making it ideal for hiking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. The trail crossing that intersects with Mill Road is the only paved, sloped section of the trail - please use caution in this area.
Lancaster County has made a commitment to conserving greenways, including abandoned railroad lines suitable for hiking trails. Because of its rich history of railroading, Pennsylvania is one of the leading states in the establishment of rail trails. In fact, Pennsylvania boasts over 100 such trails representing more than 900 miles.
These special corridors not only preserve an important piece of our heritage, they also give park users a unique view of the countryside while preserving wildlife.
Rules & Regulations
Please note these rules and regulations when visiting Conewago Recreation Trail:
- Enjoy the trail from dawn to dusk.
- The trail is designed for non-motorized vehicles.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
- Leave no trace - carry out what you carry in.
- Pets are permitted, but they must be kept on a leash.
- Remove all horse / pet waste from the trail.
- Ride your horse at a walking pace.
- Walk / ride single file past other trail users.
- Keep right, announce your intent, and pass with care.
- Discharging firearms from or across trail is prohibited.
- Please stay on designated trail.