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Lancaster County Park

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Fast single track along the river, technical climb back up the hill to fast single track with some trees along the top of the hill. Many different trails to tackle. Lots of acres to cover with criss crossing trails. Some great uphill and fast downhill. Few trails for hikers only, but plenty of tracks for a local ride. Technical riding after rainstorms with many obstacles
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Latitude
40.018675452628074
Longitude
-76.28700256347656
Trail Directions
County Park, on the south end of Lancaster, just east of Route 222. From Route 222 take Golf Road (east from 222) From South Duke Street take Williamson Road (west). Once you enter park trail heads start from many different places, alongside the river or from many points along the road.
Trail Length
~10 miles of crossing trails
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lancaster
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 18, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Uzzi_PA ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride here any time my wife gets her hair done at the mall, hehe. I have been riding these trails for over 2 years and still find it challenging and fun. Most of the trails are bike friendly, but you will discover that some are log-laden or imaginary trails plotted out in grassy fields (most of CVA and Equestrian are just open fields that follow the park border). I stick to Oak, Scout, Kinglet and Warbler trails - sometimes the southern part of CVA trail too for a splash of technical climbing.

Ive had no problems with the locals, most are collage kids and and other hikers, who share the trail nicely.

Recommended Route:
I park near the ranger station; Oak trail - right on city view drive - equestrian trail - General Hand lane - Golf road - Scout trail (loop) - take road back - to oak trail - warbler trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Columbia/Marietta river trail, Rocky Ridge Park



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Review Date
March 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: swengo86 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I just rode this area earlier today. It started out ok but as we went the trail along the river was covered in log after log. Some of them were easy enough to get over but some were very large. We parked at pavilion 3 and rode along the river for a short way. We had to turn around and head up what we think was oak trail. I would recommend coming down this trail as it was pretty tough to get up. Overall, it was hard to figure out where all the trails were and where we needed to go. It would have been nicer if the park office or ranger station was open to get a trail map. The trails we were able to find were decent. It may be better if you have someone to show you around.



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Review Date
March 24, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: 247 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There are some great trails here, the quality is pretty good. Just tuff to navigate the park untill you get to know the place. All the trails are spread out, and you have to ride part of the road to get from one area to another. ALSO, Park at the Ranger's station(your car should be safe there)--just watch out for 'Pit Bulls'(people's pets)------one chased me today for a bit(think he wanted to play)--and eventually he listened to his owner and went back--. Alot of small kids with Big dogs throughout the park(but mostly not on the trails)..

There are next-to-no biker's here(so you pretty much have trails all to yourself).

One Good/Bad thing is that these trails are not maintained, so after a rain it gets pretty technical. ALSO, always look down to see what your riding over, one trail has a PPL/Gas line attatchment in the middle if the road(it's like an immovable rock), and alot of the wood planks have the 'rail road nails' sticking up a few inches in them--look around, glass bottles, etc.. on trails.. You don't wanna go to fast until you know where a few 'sticking points' are... Lancaster has NO trail advocacy group maintaining local trails.. AND some of the hickers/ traveler through's leave gifts behind on these trails!!!--you dont want to ride(Or Slip) over them and crash!!

Recommended Route:
You just have to ride everywhere to find out where all the trails are. Some are hidden, if you see an opening in the woods--Go and see..
There's at least 10 miles of trails here, and double that with roads/ fireroads/back country roads to ride. All in all, a great ride all around!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rocky Ridge, etc.. Alot of Great trails in this area(within .45-1.5 hours). The Wiss(Philly). Fair Hill(Md.).



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Review Date
August 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: canjeeps ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great place for a beginners and more advanced riders. Many different trails with different difficulties. Fun place to ride for a quick session. Although its not the biggest park so planning on riding all day would not be a great option. Many locals ride to keep the legs warm.

Recommended Route:
oak trail is my favorite.(marked in red)



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Review Date
October 26, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Geoff , from Lancaaster

Summary:
This is a good, quick ride for locals of Lancaster. The whole park trail system can usually be traversed in one-half hour or so. I use this park just to 'keep the legs warm' for the weekend rides. For a beginning mountain bike rider, this place has all the necessities to perfect your skils (climbs, rocks, roots, dowhills). I would have to say that total mileage on the trails is about 6-8 miles or so which makes it a good ride. For most of the year (excluding winter) there is a plethora of burn hazel (a.k.a., fire weed) on the trails, so if you bail allot, wear your long pants and shirt. There can also be allot of spider webs along the trails so either get some glasses or make your buddy ride first. Park by the Ranger's station next to the pool that way your vehicle and bike rack will be safe. The element that frequents the park can be a little 'dicey' sometimes and who needs to come back from a ride to find a broken window? Watch out for the horsey riders too. Sometimes you will encounter them or the presents they leave behind. Also stay off the Wildflower Trail as it is off limits to bikes. Neil and Bob hang out there anyway, so no loss :-)!!! Stay safe and keep the top side up!

Recommended Route:
Park at the Ranger's office and head east towards Duke Street. At Rockford Road take a right then and immediate left into the trail. Follow the trail up and over the top then through. We usually run the park this way, but is equally as fun the other way (more climbs)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Camp Mack (Brickerville)



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