Posted: 07/13/2023 | by Tori

Bike on Lancaster County’s North West River Trail

Hiking or biking, Lancaster has got it all.

Whether by bike or by foot, the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, located along the Susquehanna River, is a peaceful trail worth exploring during your next outdoor adventure in Lancaster.

In need of a bike to get rolling on the trails?

Check out Let's Roll or Chiques Rock Outfitters, these local family-owned businesses specialize in renting, selling, and servicing regular and electric bikes.

Both businesses are conveniently located right near Columbia Crossings River Trails Center, the start of the Northwest River Trail!

After a short ride next to the road, you'll be surrounded by trees, bushes, streams and tall rock faces. The trail is pleasantly paved and flat which makes it a great ride for novice bikers, families, or those looking for a leisurely walk or jog. The peaceful path winds through Chickies Rock County Park and through a cool rock tunnel.

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Continuing on the trail, you'll pass through a meadow of colorful wildflowers as you approached Marietta.

In the town of Marietta, riders have the option of taking the “Downtown Route”, passing by houses, shops, and local watering holes including McCleary’s Pub and The Railroad House Inn. For those who prefer not to ride through town, the trail cuts through a brief undeveloped trail and rejoins that paved section around mile marker three.

Around mile marker nine, you’ll see the White Cliffs of Conoy – a great place to stop and take a picture or two. The developed portion of the trail ends at mile marker eleven in Bainbridge, PA.

Riding the trail round-trip will be a scenic 22-mile ride, however, if you’re looking for a shorter ride, there are multiple parking and access points along the way.

Once you finish your route, no matter how far on the trail you go. Cool off with some yummy ice cream at, Coffee and Cream, located right off the trail.

Instagram-worthy Ice Cream Spots

While you're there stroll into the town of Columbia to check out its unique shops, locally crafted brews, and great restaurants. Learn more.

Stay awhile in the Great Outdoors of Lancaster County! There are many amazing campgrounds to consider for your next getaway in Lancaster County.


Stay in one of the fabulous bed and breakfasts, B.F. Hiestand House or Poppy House on Mulberry, located right off of the trail.

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