Saturday, March 30, 2019

Take a Hike

Many people know Lancaster for its rolling farmland, Amish community, and downtown, but it's also a great place to take hikes, walks, and bike rides. Whether it's a stroll along one of the rail trails or a walk along the river in the woods, there's plenty of leisurely outdoor attractions to take advantage of in Lancaster County. 
One of the most picturesque trails in Lancaster County, Tucquan Glen, located in Holtwood, is a moderate trail and runs along the tributaries Tucquan Creek and Clark Run. There are four round-trip trails visitors can take that lead to a view of the Susquehanna River. Along the way are lush trees, rhododendrons, waterfalls, natural pools and more. Not far from Tucguan Glen is Kelly's Run Nature Preserve, which is also a tributary of the Susquehanna, with pristine views, mature trees, abundant wildlife, and native plants and flowers. Just around the corner is Pinnacle Overlook, which offers one of the best views of the Susquehanna River. The hike is more difficult and offers 2.76  miles of trails that connect with other trails like Tucquan and Kelly's Run. 
Lancaster County Central Park, located in the middle of Lancaster County, is home to many trails, an environmental center, library, covered bridge, Garden of the Five Senses and more. Trails include the Wildflower Trail, Scout Trail, Equestrian Trail and more and follow creeks, boast spectacular views and are lush with wildflowers, plants, and trees. 
There are several rail trails in Lancaster County that are perfect for biking or an afternoon stroll. The Enola Low Grade trail in Providence Township is a 23-mile gravel trail spanning from Safe Harbor Dam to Atglen. Northwest Lancaster River Trail is a paved 14-mile trail taking guests from Columbia to Conoy Township. A popular trail along the Susquehanna, the rail trail also has a stop in the charming town of Mariettta, a route that is becoming increasingly popular with bicyclists.
Just completed this past December, the Warwick-Ephrata Rail Trail starts on Broad Street in Lititz and extends to West Chestnut Street in Ephrata. The 6.7 trail is perfect for a bicycle day trip and you'll have the chance to visit boutiques, shops, and restaurants in both of these delightful little towns. 
For a complete list of places to hike, walk and bike in Lancaster County, visit www.lancasterconservancy.org. And as always, book a room at one of our inns to complete your adventure by visiting www.authenticbandb.com. Remember, if you book direct, it saves you money and helps support our businesses. Happy spring and happy hiking! 



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