Trail Development

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Trail Development

LCSWMA  has constructed and/or hosts several miles of recreational trails in the community, including: Farmingdale Trail, Turkey Hill Trail and the Northwest River Trail. Partnering with the local community to build recreational trails preserves open space and offers Lancaster County residents an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful, diverse environment.

Farmingdale Trail

Located in East Hempfield Township, this trail consists of three trail loops with varying lengths. One trail weaves through wetlands, a natural water storage and filtration system that provides a home for a diversity of wildlife and vegetation. Another trail leads to a dog play area where your four footed companion can enjoy an area to run. There is also a woods trail and a creek trail. Picnic tables and benches are located throughout the trail system for visitors' enjoyment. The parking lot and trailhead are located off Good Drive at the existing Noel Dorwart Park and Nature Area.

Turkey Hill Trail

Located in Manor Township, this trail (an initiative of the Lancaster Conservancy) offers spectacular views of the Susquehanna River and surrounding forests. With a variety of mature hardwoods and abundant wildlife, this 3.3 mile trail is full of surprises and an array of colors each season. Hike your way to the Turkey Point Observation Deck where you can view LCSMWA's wind energy project up close. To access the trail via the northern trailhead, take Rte 999 West and turn left onto River Road. Travel for approximately 1.5 miles to the small parking lot on the right, which is marked by Lancaster Conservancy signs.

Northwest River Trail

Passing through two Boroughs (Columbia and Marietta) and three Townships (West Hempfield, East Donegal and Conoy), this trail offers approximately 14 miles of trail that travels along the banks of the Susquehanna River. This paved, multi-use trail averages 10' in width; plenty of room for walking, jogging, biking and more. While portions of this trail are currently under construction, there are many sections open for public use. Contact the specific borough or township for details and access points.
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Farmingdale Trail

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