Looking for great spots to hike in Lancaster County, PA? Tucquan Glen and more! Check out this post for additional suggestions!

Best Hiking Spots In Lancaster County, PA

man hiking through woodsTucquan Glen Nature Preserve, Holtwood PA

Location: River Road, Holtwood

Length: 2.4 miles

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

More Info.: here

Notes:

Approximately 387 acres of largely abandoned dirt road and well-worn trail wander through a beautiful ravine for approximately one mile. Sometimes, the road and the trails are one and the same for short distances, but they are generally apart. We suggest hiking the trail down to the railroad and then hiking back on the road.  The total trail length is estimated at 2.4 miles.


Serpentine Barrens Lancaster County PA

2. The Serpentine Barrens – PA/MD border

Location: Nottingham County Park, 150 Park Rd., Nottingham PA

Length: 2 – 3.5 miles (can crisscross trails for over 10 miles total)

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

More Info.: here!

Notes:

Read Jorge G.‘s review of The Serpentine Barrens on Yelp


Lake Grubb Nature Park

3. Lake Grubb Nature Park, West Hempfield

Location: Hempfield Hill Road, 1/2 mile south of Marietta Avenue.

Length: 1 mile, circling the lake (formerly iron ore mine pit)

Difficulty: Easy

More Info.:  here!

Notes:

The park is the site of a former iron ore mine. The ore pit has filled with water, creating Lake Grubb. The park is approximately 54 acres in size. The site is heavily wooded, with a hiking trail encircling the lake. Several fishing areas have been developed. Boating, swimming, and pets are not allowed.


conewago

4. Conewago Recreation Trail

Location: Lancaster/Dauphin county line near Elizabethtown. (continues into Lebanon County as well)

Length: 5.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

More Info.: here!

Notes: 

Formerly the Cornwall-Lebanon rail line, the trail connects to the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, and follows the Conewago Creek through scenic farmland and woodlands.


Landis Woods

5. Landis Woods, Manheim Township

Location: Meadow Lane, Lancaster PA

Length: 2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

More Info.: here

Notes:

Landis Woods has approximately 70 acres of hilltop forested land.  It’s located just south of Neffsville. The park features several tree-covered hiking trails, with most being on hillside and hilltop terrain (not ADA accessible).

Also at this location is the Boettcher House and Boettcher House Museum, a small museum and nature center, which is available for meetings and small parties.  The outdoor Landis Woods Performing Arts Center is a recent addition.  Numerous picnic benches are provided near the House.

Landis Woods is a 2 mile somewhat moderately trafficked loop trail that features a great forest setting. It is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. It is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.


Homewood Nature Preserve sign

6. Homewood Nature Preserve

Location: Keneagy Hill Road, Paradise

Length: .85 miles

Difficulty: Easy

More Info.: here!

Notes:

A loop trail circles the property. In autumn, flaming red maples shine as you walk on the trail through old meadows and onto a wooded hillside, opening up onto a field which is surrounded by woods. If you continue downhill through the beech and oak trees, you’ll arrive at Eshleman Run. The water quality in this stream is excellent, and you’ll find many good places to sit and absorb the beauty and sounds of nature.  The total trail length is estimated at just under one mile.


Northwest Lancaster County River Trail pic

7. Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

Location: Columbia / Marietta area

Length: Approx. 14 miles

Difficulty: Easy

More Info.: here

Notes:

Follow this trail which was developed from a master plan in March 2003. The trail is a public recreation trail that’s approximately fourteen miles long. It spans five municipalities along the northwestern edge of Lancaster County. It travels along the Susquehanna River and abandoned canal locks and iron furnaces.

You’ll find more info. here!


Horseshoe Trail pic

8. Horse-Shoe Trail

Location: behind Pretzel Hut

Length: 3.9 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

More Info.: here

Notes:

Furnace Hills Pike to Horseshoe Trail Road is a point-to-point trail located near Lititz, Pennsylvania that has moderate traffic. It features beautiful wildflowers. The trail offers a few activity options and is generally best used from March until November. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leash.


Ferncliff

9. Ferncliff Wildflower and Wildlife Preserve

Location: Wildlife Preserve Rd., Drumore

Length: 1.7 mile loop

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

More Info.: here

Notes:

A National Natural Landmark, Ferncliff’s old growth forest and wooded ravine are home to a profusion of plants common to the River Hills. The wildflowers of Ferncliff are what make this area most special. On the hillsides and ravines are some of the best examples of River Hills timberland. Transient and nesting bird populations are varied.


Shiprock Woods

10. Shiprock Woods Nature Preserve

Location: 2628 Shiprock Rd., Willow Street

Length: 1.07 miles

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

More Info.: here

Notes:

It is speculated that the “Shiprock” name came from a large flat rock in the nearby Pequea Creek that is said to be the size of a ship!


AND – we’re super excited to note:

Warwick-to-Ephrata rail trail

Warwick-to-Ephrata-Rail-Trail is now open! (2018)

Location: Fulton St. / Railroad Ave. in Ephrata access OR Clay Rd./Warwick Township municipal building

Length: Approx7 miles

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

More Info.: here

The Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail, first envisioned in the 1990s, is built along the former Reading Railroad line. The nearly 7-mile route was completed in late 2018 and connects the communities of Lititz, Akron and Ephrata.

Its western section, also known as the Lititz-Warwick Trailway, spans both urban and rural landscapes. It also passes two restored 18th-century buildings with signage explaining their history.

Through Akron, the surroundings are primarily residential neighborhoods. (including the home where Jennifer King was raised, and this very rail trail is where Jennifer used to ride her horses while growing up, prior to the formalization of the trail) 🙂

The trail includes a lighted pedestrian tunnel under Route 272 (7th Street). Continuing east, the pathway then enters Ephrata.

Once known as the Ephrata Linear Park Trail, this section was renamed in 2013 as the Major Richard D. Winters Memorial Trail in honor of a decorated World War II veteran and hometown hero. Dick Winters was featured in the book, Band of Brothers, by historian Stephen Ambrose, and portrayed in a TV miniseries of the same name.

Ephrata was his boyhood home and he was buried here in 2011. The well-developed, paved pathway through downtown Ephrata offers lighting, benches and landscaping.

As always, if you have questions on anything Lancaster County related, feel free to reach out to Jennifer & the team at 717-723-9080!

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