York County Heritage Rail Trail is one of eight parks within the York County Department of Parks and Recreation.  Winding through the very heart of York County, once completed, this trail will extend over twenty miles, connecting Maryland's Northern Central Railroad Trail with the historic district of York, PA.

The trail is a 10 foot wide compacted stone surface designed for hiking, bicycling, running, horseback riding as well as winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  Adjacent to the trail is an active rail line, the Northern Central Railway.

The park is open year round, 8:00 AM until dusk, and is patrolled by York County Park Rangers.  Park regulations are posted at each parking lot.  To make your visit a safer and more pleasant one, we ask that you observe these park regulations:

  • Alcoholic beverages, camping, fires, and weapons are prohibited.
  • Pets are permitted in the trail, but they must be kept on a leash. Owners must clean up after their dogs.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trail except for the use of emergency and maintenance vehicles.
  • York County Parks maintains a ``Carry In, Carry Out" policy with the respect to trash.  Please take home what you bring.
  • Users must stay on the trail, as property adjacent to the trail is privately owned.
  • The railway is operational.  Stay clear of the tracks at all times and cross only at the established crossings.
  • Respect the right-of-way of others. Use the chart as a reminder of the trail courtesy: Yield to horse back riders, walkers and cyclists.