Explore Nature And History On The Northwest River Trail In Lancaster County

If
you’re looking for a nature-filled getaway that exudes the rich history of
Lancaster County, then
Family on bikes

you’ll love the Northwest
River Trail
.
When fully completed in 2016, the trail will extend 14 miles and connect the historic
river towns of Columbia, Marietta, Bainbridge, and Falmouth. With 10 miles already finished, it’s a great place to escape your hectic lifestyle and embark on a leisurely outdoor adventure following
the route of the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal.

The
Trail Services Building in Columbia has all the information you need for
blazing the trail. For history buffs, there is quite a bit of information on
the history of Columbia and the canal. The building property also features
restrooms and a covered pavilion that overlooks the Susquehanna River, a
perfect spot to pause and enjoy a picnic on a beautiful sunny day. 
The
Northwest River Trail is ideal for everything from hiking and biking to picnicking
in the great outdoors. If you enjoy riding on the river, Chiques Rock Outfitters in Columbia offers
canoe and kayak rentals. You can also check out the beautiful historic river
town architecture, the iron furnaces at Chickies Rock, and abandoned canal
locks along the trail. For more information about what the trail offers, check out this map and brochure.
Access points on the trail are currently located at Columbia, Marietta, Decatur
Street, River Front Park, Bainbridge, and Falmouth.
With the
trail just a half hour drive away from the Historic Smithton Inn and open all year long,
I encourage visitors to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery, beautiful foliage,
and glimpses of wildlife that it offers. 
Speaking
of visiting, have you booked your stay with us yet? I’d love the opportunity to
meet you, share more about my favorite parts of the Northwest Trail, and give
you the scoop on other breathtaking areas and attractions to explore in
Lancaster County.

By
Rebecca Gallagher
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