Lancaster, PA

Warmer Days: 3 Hiking Trails in Lancaster, PA

Melissa Frost
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Lancaster, PA is more than farmland - there are actually several places within the county that's great for hiking. With (hopefully) warmer days coming up soon, spring is a perfect time to venture out.

Here are a handful local hiking trails:

Heritage trail

Landis Woods, pictured above, is one of Manheim Township's largest tracts of natural undeveloped land. Here, you'll find the mile-long Manheim Heritage Trail.

Part of a network of greenways that township is developing, the paved, multi-use trail begins at a parking lot off Landis Valley Road about 1/2 mile west of the Landis Valley Museum. The trail winds through serene woodlands, passing between suburban subdivisions and the Landis Woods to Delp Road, where it turns east, running alongside the road back to Landis Valley Road, ending approximately a quarter-mile east of where it starts.

Conestoga Greenway Trail

Conestoga Greenway Trail is a kid- and stroller-friendly trail that runs along the river. Mostly flat and with several benches along the trail, there's room for rest or a quick bite during the hike.

The Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee completed the Conestoga Greenway Plan in 1999, and the purpose of the plan is to provide for active and passive recreation, education, and environmental preservation along the river.

Turkey Hill Trail

Turkey Hill Trail starts at the Manor Township trailhead of the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail and quickly climbs and traverses along a ridge above the Susquehanna River.

During the hike, you'll observe several scenic views, including a stunning waterfall. Starting at the Turkey Hill Nature Preserve, the trail is 3.7 miles in length with the option to return 2.5 miles by hiking the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail north back to the Preserve.

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