As a way to give back to the community and preserve open space in the area, LCSWMA partners with local townships and municipalities to construct recreational trails for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Create your own outdoor adventure this summer and experience Lancaster County's natural beauty by exploring the trails below:
Located off Good Drive in East Hempfield Township, Farmingdale Trail consists of three trail loops with varying lengths, ranging from 1/2 mile to 1 1/2 miles.
The gravel trails are easy-to-walk and feature natural elements such as a creek, wetlands and forest. Picnic tables are scattered throughout the trail system for visitor enjoyment, while a grassy dog play area offers the perfect place for your four-footed companion to run.
Turkey Hill Trail
Located in an area once inhabited by Susquehannock Indians, Manor Township's Turkey Hill Trail features 3.3 miles of rugged, wooded hiking trails.
A 15-minute climb up the trail's namesake hill leads you to the Turkey Point Observation Deck, which offers a spectacular, panoramic view of the Susquehanna River and an up-close look at LCSWMA's wind turbines.
Northwest Lancaster County River Trail
Built along the route of the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal, the 14-mile Northwest Lancaster County River Trail (NWLCRT) features industrial archaeological remains, including abandoned canal locks, the iron furnaces at Chickies Rock and more.
To access the trail, consider utilizing Columbia's new trolley service, which stops at the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. Known as the gateway to the southern end of the trail, Columbia Crossing offers a boat launch, picnic area and place to rent canoes, kayaks and bikes. Other amenities include public restrooms and vending machines.
Chestnut Grove Natural Area
From agricultural farmland to a soil borrow construction site and now a beautiful nature preserve, the 170-acre Chestnut Grove Natural Area (CGNA) has undergone quite a transformation.
LCSWMA invested $1.2 million and over four years of time and professional resources into restoring this property to its native ecosystem, which included planting over 4,300 native trees and shrubs and 85 acres of grasslands and wildflower meadows.
Located at 37 Chestnut Grove Road in Conestoga, the CGNA features over 4.5 miles of pedestrian and equestrian trails that showcase the diverse landscape with connectors to larger, regional trail systems such as the Turkey Hill Trail and Enola Low Grade Rail Trail.