Bicycling in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a popular way to take in the abundance of gorgeous rural landscapes, wooded areas, rolling hills and charming scenery. Cyclists of any age or athletic ability can jump on a bike and find a trail that meets their needs for relaxation, sightseeing and physical activity. Here are some of our favorite places for a bike ride in Lancaster County.
If you're hoping for a leisurely, relaxing cruise through the countryside or a ride that's fun for the whole family, you probably want a trail that's short and relatively flat. These easy bike trails in Lancaster County are perfect for anyone, including children who easily get tired.
- Overlook Community Campus: This Manheim Township park features a trail loop with multiple paths so you can customize the length of your ride.
- Northwest Lancaster County River Trail: The full length of this trail stretches 14 miles from Columbia to Falmouth, but it's easy to break up into smaller chunks for a more leisurely ride.
- Lancaster Junction Recreation Trail: Once part of the Reading-Columbia rail line, this 2-mile trail is flat and paved, making it ideal for amateur cyclists and kids.
The Lancaster Bicycle Club is an active organization that has developed a collection of maps and cue sheets to help you figure out where you can bike in Lancaster County. The following routes are some of their intermediate rides, designed for folks hoping to get in some exercise and take in their surroundings.
- Ephrata Loop Ride: This flat 12-mile ride begins at the historic Ephrata Cloister and meanders through the rolling hills and farmlands north of town.
- Millport Conservancy Ride: Beginning in Lititz Springs Park, this 10-mile loop gives riders the opportunity to check out the English castle off Millport Road.
- Historic Strasburg Ride: Explore historic Strasburg on this 16-mile route, which begins and ends at Lampeter-Strasburg High School.
- Lititz Ice Cream Ride: This 19-mile route takes cyclists over two historic bridges before ending at Greco's Ice Cream, where riders can cool down with a frozen treat.
The Heritage Ride
Designed by the Lancaster Bicycle Club, the Heritage Ride is a lengthy 59-mile loop for serious athletes and those hoping to really challenge themselves while taking in everything Lancaster County has to offer. Beginning at Ephrata Cloister, this route guides cyclists along the Strasburg Railroad, over multiple covered bridges and past the Landis Valley Museum, the English Castle, and Lititz Springs Park.
Rest Before Your Ride
Cyclists visiting Lancaster County should consider booking a room at the Warehouse Hotel. Our conveniently located hotel is the perfect spot to get a good night's sleep before you take on a challenging bike ride or recuperate after you've completed a trail.