Along the 21 miles of the Heritage Rail Trail, lie small communities ready to greet you.
Whether a tasty snack, unique lunch spot, or refreshing libation is calling your name, a few moments exploring one of the 5 York County Trail Towns, is time well spent. Following the tracks of the Northern Central Railway, experience the history of the railways, while enjoying modern and trendy accommodations along the way.
From artistic and edgy beauty in Glen Rock, to the bustling businesses of New Freedom, Seven Valleys, and Downtown City of York, to the history of Railroad, we welcome trail users to stop and visit.
Each community welcomes long-distance bikers, families, casual walkers and runners, and many are even pet friendly at their outdoor patios.
What Is a Trail Town?
Trail Towns are communities adjacent to public trails that choose to embrace the trail as an opportunity for economic growth and improved quality of life. Trail Towns programs use an integrated and asset-based, economic development approach that considers each town’s existing resources, it’s character and local businesses to develop a memorable and inviting trail experience for users including residents and out of town visitors alike.
York County Economic Alliance launched the “Trail Towns Program”, to leverage the York Heritage Rail Trail as a platform and driver for economic development in towns located along or near the popular multi-use trail. Partnering with the York County Department of Parks, the York County Rail Trail Authority, Explore York, and our municipal partners, the Trail Towns Program is a collaborative process with outreach to local governments, residents and business owners in order for each town to reach its potential as a vibrant hub for trail users.
Want To Learn More?
Contact Silas Chamberlin to learn more and get involved.