York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Heritage Rail Trail Park
York County Department of Parks and Recreation
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Heritage Rail Trail County Park
Railroad tracks are now active!
Attention Rail Trail users, the adjoining railroad tracks are now active. The Steam into History excursion train is using the railroad tracks along the Rail Trail. (From New Freedom to Hanover Junction Train Station). Expect to see a train at any time while enjoying a trip on the trail. Where the trail crosses the railroad tracks, check both directions before proceeding. For those interested in Steam into History click here for the train schedule http://steamintohistory.com.
•Directions (two parking areas but please, see website for more stops along the way):
Hanover Junction Train Station Address:
2433 Seven Valleys Rd, Seven Valleys PA 17360
•New Freedom Train Station Address:
117 North Main Street, New Freedom PA 17349
•Print directions to all parking lots from our website!
Established in 1992 and covering 176 acres, the Heritage Rail Trail County Park is 21 miles long and runs north from the Mason Dixon line just south of the Borough of New Freedom through Glen Rock, Hanover Junction, and Seven Valleys, through the Howard Tunnel to the Colonial Courthouse in the City of York. The trail connects to Maryland's Torrey C. Brown Trail. The Northern Extension portion of the Heritage Rail Trail begins at John Rudy Park and heads south to Loucks Mill Rd, about 4 miles. Then, in Spring of 2019, a new section from Loucks Mill Road to Small’s Field in York will be completed. In addition to the Colonial Courthouse, three historic structures are located on the trail; Hanover Junction and New Freedom Train Stations and Howard Tunnel. Since the railway is operational, please stay clear of tracks at all times and cross only at established crossings.
The most popular activities on the trail are hiking, jogging, bicycle riding, and horseback riding. Please note horseback riding is not permitted in all areas.
Join us this summer for our Sunset Scramble bike rides and Moonlight Bike rides. More information can be found on our website at https://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation/event-parks.html.
You can visit the train station museums at Hanover Junction and New Freedom Train Stations during the summer months. Please visit our website for hours more information: https://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation/the-parks/heritage-rail-trail-parks.html.
Call for more information.
Open to anyone.
Fees or Charges
Hours of Operation
•Park Office: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm; Closed 12:30pm-1:00pm. •Parks: Dawn to Dusk