Northwest River Trail


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Part of the orginal Mainline Canal, this trail will eventually extend from Columbia Borough to the Dauphin County line.The northernmost sections have been open to hikers and mountain bikes for at least a decade. Stone work of former bridges and locks still exist along the trail. Access is available off of Route 441 at the Falmouth Boat Access, Kings Road, Prescott Road, Race Street (Bainbridge), Vinegar Ferry Road, and Decatur Street (Marietta).

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By kurtdarell on Jul 12, 2014 trail review rating icon - 3 stars

The section of this trail in Bainbridge is stone in one section and dirt with a bunch of tree roots on the path in the other section. I didn't realize it was not a paved path in that area. I was disappointed, but it was early enough in the morning to jump on River Road and take a ride with minimal traffic. I parked at Race Street (in Bainbridge) and was riding around to find the northern route. A local man noticed I was confused and he pointed it out to me. It wasn't bad when I first headed north, but once I started hitting tree roots it was rough. At one point a tree root stopped me and I had to step off into poison ivy (hopefully I won't get it). I would hike the path north of Bainbridge as it is very scenic, but I do not recommend it for bikers. Going south from Bainbridge is a stone path which was nice if you like stone paths for biking. South of Bainbridge was not as scenic as the northern section. I traveled about 1.5 miles each direction before I decided to ride on River Road. I recommend riding near Marietta on this trail if you are a biker.  
Great ride!  
By Goliath on Jun 01, 2011 trail review rating icon - 4 stars

My 4 year old with training wheels road the entire trail to and from and loved it the whole way. Paved, level riding.  
Great first step!  
By jmcginnis11 on Jul 08, 2010 trail review rating icon - 3 stars

Officials in East Donegal Township completed the first section of the Northwest Lancaster River Trail in late 2009. The 2-mile segment, which runs between Riverfront Park in East Donegal Township and Decatur Street on the west end of Marietta, is a paved, multi-use trail that passes through bucolic, farmer's fields and lush woodlands. The Susquehanna River runs immediately south of the trail, while the heavily used Norfolk Southern rail line to the north will delight railroad fans with its frequent freight trains. Work on the next section of the trail, which will extend from Riverfront Park, northwest under the Shock's Mill trestle, to Bainbridge, is slated to begin later this summer, while Phases III and IV, from Marietta south to Columbia, is scheduled for 2012. Further south, Manor Township plans a connection to the rail trail that is currently being developed along the Enola Low Grade Line, and the possibility exists that both trails may eventually form links in a greenway that will connect the Harrisburg and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. There are also plans to incorporate the Northwest River trail into the ambitious Susquehanna Greenway, a trail that wille ventually run the length of the Susquehanna River from New York to Maryland.  

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