Best Places to Walk or Jog


Lancaster County has many places to enjoy a stroll or a run, from the city itself to rural countryside. Here are a few standouts.

Conestoga Greenway Trail

This paved and flat trail travels roughly 1.5 miles along the Conestoga River near downtown. Parking is available at the Duke Street Trailhead and along South Broad Street and along Betz Road near the other trailhead.

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Enola Low Grade Trail, Manor Township section.

This crushed-limestone trail is about 5.25 miles long and traces the Susquehanna River. Look for the occasional eagle among the vultures on old railroad catenaries. Marked with half-mile markers and has toilet facilities.

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Franklin & Marshall College/Buchanan Park

This sidewalk loop on the city’s northwestern edge is just about 1.5 miles on the dot, so it’s easy to know how far you’ve gone. If you want more, F&M’s track is generally open to the public. Shopping and dining are nearby on College Avenue.

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Lancaster County Central Park

The county’s largest park, not far from downtown, has plenty of trails with generally easy-to-moderate climbs and terrain difficulty. Traveling along Rockford Road along the Conestoga from the parking lot near Strawberry Street to its end near Duke Street is about one mile, with about one-third closed to traffic. Or you could turn right up the closed-to-traffic City View Drive for a climb and a view of the city.

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Most anywhere in downtown Lancaster, for both walking and running

Tip: Walk streets opposite of either how you usually drive or walk them for a different perspective. Run the Red Rose Course for some challenging hills.

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Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

This nearly complete 14-mile-trail along the Susquehanna River offers varied views of the river. Be sure to check out Columbia Borough’s antique shopping, not far from the trail.

— Dan Nephin