York County

Travel Guide

2016 Travel Guide
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Rail Trail Authority

Grab Your Bike and Hit the Trail!

Established in 1992 and covering 176 acres, the Heritage Rail Trail is 21 miles long and winds from the Mason-Dixon Line through Glen Rock, Hanover Junction and Seven Valleys before reaching the Colonial Courthouse in the City of York.

In addition to the Colonial Courthouse, three historic structures are located on the trail. The first historic structure, Hanover Junction, offers an abundance of Civil War history. President Lincoln visited the station on his way to and from Gettysburg to deliver the Gettysburg Address, and, in April 1865, Lincoln's funeral train passed through Hanover Junction. A museum is open on the station's first floor.

The next historic structure, the New Freedom Train Station, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now serves as a railroad museum that has been restored to its 1935 grandeur. Just south of the Colonial Courthouse is the last historic structure, the Howard Tunnel, which is the oldest continuously-operational railroad tunnel in the world! The brick-lined, 370-foot tunnel originally opened for traffic in 1883.

Named Pennsylvania's Trail of the Year in 2015, the Heritage Rail Trail is popular for biking, hiking, walking, jogging and horseback riding.