Conewago Recreation Trail 

Conewago Recreation Trail

Notice: Work on-going at Conewago Recreation Trail to remove trees infested by the Emerald Ash Borer.  
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PennDOT Announces Information Display for Route 743 (Hershey Road) Conewago Trail Crossing in Mount Joy Township, Lancaster County

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to participate in online public information display regarding the Route 743 Conewago Trail Crossing. The objective of the information display is to identify treatment options at the Conewago Trail crossing of Route 743, Hershey Road, Mount Joy Township, Lancaster County.

Users of the Conewago Trail Crossing at Route 743 are encouraged to provide input on candidate treatment options at the crossing.

In accordance with Governor Wolf's COVID-19 mitigation efforts, plans and information displays will be held online only. A digital version of the information will be available to view online through November 20, 2020.

Information including a comment form, can be found by visiting the PennDOT District 8 website,, by clicking on Public Meetings listed under the Resources heading, and choosing the Lancaster County box then the tile marked PA 743 Conewago Trail Crossing Study.

The purpose of the study is to introduce the project and receive public input regarding any questions or concerns. 

The project documents can be made available in alternative languages or formats if requested. If you need translation/interpretation services or have special needs or have special concerns that require individual attention, contact Michelle Tarquino, PennDOT Project Manager, at or 717-783-5007.

In 1979, the county acquired the Conewago Recreation Trail, located between Route 230 and the Lebanon County line, northwest of Elizabethtown. This 5-mile trail, formerly the Cornwall-Lebanon rail line, connects to the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, and follows the Conewago Creek through scenic farmland and woodlands.

The Conewago Recreation Trail has well-graded, level surfaces and six street crossings that are marked for safe trail use, making it ideal for hiking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. The trail crossing that intersects with Mill Road is the only paved, sloped section of the trail - please use caution in this area.

Rail Trails

Lancaster County has made a commitment to conserving greenways, including abandoned railroad lines suitable for hiking trails. Because of its rich history of railroading, Pennsylvania is one of the leading states in the establishment of rail trails. In fact, Pennsylvania boasts over 100 such trails representing more than 900 miles.

These special corridors not only preserve an important piece of our heritage, they also give park users a unique view of the countryside while preserving wildlife.

Rules & Regulations

Please note these rules and regulations when visiting Conewago Recreation Trail:
  • Enjoy the trail from dawn to dusk.
  • The trail is designed for non-motorized vehicles.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Leave no trace - carry out what you carry in.
  • Pets are permitted, but they must be kept on a leash.
  • Remove all horse / pet waste from the trail.
  • Ride your horse at a walking pace.
  • Walk / ride single file past other trail users.
  • Keep right, announce your intent, and pass with care.
  • Discharging firearms from or across trail is prohibited.
  • Please stay on designated trail.