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York County Heritage Rail Trail

COME WALK THE LENGTH OF

HERITAGE RAIL TRAIL COUNTY PARK

WITH US

Heritage Rail Trail County Park is one of eight parks within the York County Department of Parks and Recreation. Extending more than twenty-one miles, the park winds through scenic areas of York County. This linear park connects the historic district of downtown York, Pennsylvania with Maryland’s Northern Central Rail Trail. Adjacent to the trail is the Northern Central Railway, most of which is not being used at the present time.

The Trail is a 10 foot wide, flat, compacted stone surface designed for hiking, bicycling, running and horseback riding, as well as winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Facilities along the trail include benches, picnic tables and portable toilets. Trail and facilities are ADA accessible.

Historic features of the trail include: New Freedom Railroad Station, Hanover Junction Railroad Station and Howard Tunnel, until recently the oldest operational railroad tunnel in the nation.

Keep in mind the following regulations:

--Pets are permitted only if leashed, and must be cleaned up after.

--York County Parks promotes "Carry In, Carry Out" with respect to trash.

--Riders are encouraged to wear approved helmets.

FOR ALL OF THESE EVENTS PLEASE PLAN TO CARRY WATER

Notes of Interest

From 1838 to 1972 the Northern Central Railroad connected Baltimore, Maryland with York, Pennsylvania and points north. The historic train stations in New Freedom and Hanover Junction serve today as reminders of several note-worthy Civil War events, including a stopover in Hanover Junction by Abraham Lincoln on his way to deliver his famous Gettysburg Address. Before the Civil War, the southern boundary of Pennsylvania was considered the dividing line between the slave and non-slave states. In the 1700’s, a boundary quarrel arose between Pennsylvania and Maryland. The two agreed to settle the dispute by having the land surveyed. English astronomers Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were contacted. They completed their survey in 1767 and the line was named after them. Club member Joe Shaw, a member of the Mason-Dixon Foundation has taken part in the retracing of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Rail Trail Events:
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Walk 1

Walk 2

Walk 3

Walk 4

Walk 5

Walk 6

Northern Extension - Walk

Biking Event 1

Biking Event 2