If you're heading to the Nw Lancaster Co. River Trail,
The NW Lancaster Co. River Trail starts at the Columbia River Park. The Columbia Crossing Trail Center is a beautiful trail head and a must stop for trail information! The river park also features views of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Keep your eyes out for the colorful mural as you set off on the trail!
At Chickies Rock Co. Park there is so much to discover, learn and explore. Once you get through Point Rock Tunnel you can head off the trail and hike to Breezy view overlook for a breathtaking view! Keep your eyes out for the old canals and furnaces, you can spot them right from the trail. Marvel at the rock formations and Chickies rock itself, you can't miss it!
Once belonging to the Pennsylvania railroad's low grade line, the tracks that run across Shocks Mill RR Bridge now belong to the Norfolk Southern Railway. The 2,209 foot bridged opened in 1905 and is still in use today, if you're lucky you might spot a train. Take a moment to marvel at those brick arches as the trail leads you under it.
The White Cliffs of Conoy sure are an odd sight! Along the Susquehanna River an excess of limestone and dolomite were piled up, creating large white mountains up to 30 feet tall. Spend time learning the story of Billmeyer, the abandoned limestone quarry and forgotten town. Then enjoy exploring the cliffs from top to bottom.
Stop and check out the Trail Logbook. Don't over look this gem. This logbook is packed full of adventures, history, tips and yes maybe an innapropriate doodle or two but it's good stuff! It's worth the time to flip through. It's amazing how much one trail can do for so many people. Don't forget to leave your mark before you hit the trail again!
Falmouth Forest Garden will soon be blossoming with native plants! It covers five acres and is located within the Conoy Wetlands Nature Preserve. Explore the garden and the short trails surrounding it while keeping an eye out for a variety of native birds and other wildlife!
Mile 14 +
Conewango Falls is the end of the line. You'll might hear it but you'll surly be sorry if you don't get close enough to see it for yourself! The sculpted rocks and potholes found at the foot of the falls is truly a sight to see. The igneous rock, believed to have been left behind from glaciers has been sculpted into intricate patterns is a clear testament to the power of water.
There's so much more!
It doesn't matter how much time you have spent on the Northwest Lancaster Co. River Trail, there still something new to see!
There is so much packed into a small stretch of river, evidence of the rich history these small towns.
When you are finished, step off the trail and take some time to discover what these river towns have to offer.
more Wonders on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail