addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwchatcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-crosscrosseditemptyheartfacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgoogleimagesinstagramlinklocation-pinmagnifying-glassmailminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1outlookpersonplusprice-ribbonImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruseryahoo

Harrisburg – Capital Area Greenbelt Trail

  • May 24, 2014 · 10:00 AM
  • This location is shown only to members

Meet at the Island side entrance of the "Peoples Bridge".

This is a trail Nancy and Bill have done several times and really enjoy. The Trail weaves around Harrisburg through various parks and gardens and ends with an enjoyable ride along the river with various interesting sculptures and gardens. We will start by parking at City Island and take the bridge across the river to the trail. We always go counter-clockwise to end the ride with the river view. At Wildwood Lake, we have taken both the towpath which parallels Industrial Road and the Wildwood Lake Trail which goes around the outer edge of the park. The Wildwood Lake Trail is a little longer and is mostly through the woods with many short but challenging rolling hills whereas the towpath is flat. We can decide which of these routes to take when we get there. There is a PDF Map in the “More/Files” section of this Meetup. Capital Area Greenbelt Map (http://files.meetup.com/1488852/Greenbelt_MapB08.pdf) Here are my two links to my Everytrail.com posting of our last two trips:
Capital Area Greenbelt Trail in Harrisburg 1
(http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1585840&code=afeb5534be7addb3fe0fd5f909b350e3) Capital Area Greenbelt Trail in Harrisburg 2
(http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2394076&code=5ef4a5be5fc8f42a53245d87ef4cf3ee) Lunch:
Assuming we start at 10 AM, Mama's Pizza in Paxtang is a convenient place to stop for lunch. They are mostly a sub and pizza shop and have both indoor and outdoor table seating.
Mama's Pizza Menu
(http://www.citysearch.com/profile/menu/8760484)

Background:
Our starting point - City Island in Harrisburg, is a popular multi-use recreational destination in the middle of the Susquehanna River and a nice starting point for the Capital Area Greenbelt Trail loop. Connecting City Island to the greenbelt trail is the Walnut Street Bridge (also called People's Bridge), a restored iron trestle bridge that takes you from City Island to the riverfront walkway along Front Street in Harrisburg. Built in 1889, it was part of the city's street car system until 1950, when it was converted to automobile use. In 1972 Hurricane Agnes damaged the bridge beyond repair for vehicular use so it was converted to a pedestrian-only bridge. Icy flood waters washed away the western span of the bridge in 1996; Rails-to-Trails Conservancy assisted in efforts to restore the structure. Originally conceived by landscape architect Warren Manning (a disciple of Frederick Law Olmsted), the Capital Area Greenbelt is a 20-mile ring of parks and trails circling the Pennsylvania capital city of Harrisburg. In the early 1900s the greenbelt was partially constructed in accordance with Manning's plan, but the project was never fully realized, and much of the greenbelt fell into disuse and disrepair. Since 1991 a group of volunteers—the Capital Area Greenbelt Association—has worked with state and local government, businesses, foundations and citizens to improve the trail. Segments of the greenbelt were originally roughed in by volunteers, using grass and wood chips, and have now all been converted to either a crushed limestone surface or paved. Where necessary, the greenbelt uses signed road routes to connect the trail sections. Volunteers have focused on the park and open space components of the greenbelt and created the Five Senses Garden, a popular waypoint along the trail.

Parking:
The Capital Area Greenbelt is a loop trail with many access points along its route, but the best parking is on City Island in Harrisburg. To reach the Walnut Street Bridge on City Island from I-83, take the 2nd Street Exit. Follow 2nd Street north to Market and turn left. Follow Market across the bridge to City Island. You will see the City Island parking lot entrance on your right. The Walnut Street Bridge sits parallel and north of the Market Street bridge. We will start from the "City Island" parking lot (GPS: Lat[masked], Long [masked]) and ride across the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge to the trail.

=========================

Directions from BWI Airport:

1. Head northwest go 0.2 mi

2. Continue straight onto Friendship Rd go 0.2 mi

3. Continue onto I-195 W (signs for Maryland 170/Maryland 295/Interstate 95/Annapolis/Baltimore/Washington) go 4.0 mi

4. Take exit 4A for Interstate 95 N toward Interstate 695/Baltimore go 0.5 mi

5. Merge onto I-95 N go 1.6 mi

6. Take exit 49B on the left for I-695 W toward Towson go 0.7 mi

7. Merge onto I-695 N go 16.4 mi

8. Slight right onto I-83 N (signs for Timonium/York Pa)
Entering Pennsylvania go 64.9 mi

9. Take exit 42 toward Lemoyne go 0.1 mi

10. Turn right onto S 3rd St go 0.4 mi

11. Turn right onto Market St go 0.4 mi

12. Continue onto Market St Bridge go 0.4 mi

13. Turn left onto Championship Way go 479 ft

14. Turn left to stay on Championship Way go 0.1 mi

15. Turn left to stay on Championship Way go 89 ft

16. Turn right to stay on Championship Way

 
Destination will be on the left go 0.1 mi total 90.2 mi –

Travel Time from BWI approx 1hour 50 min
=========================


Helmets Required.  Ride at your own risk.


Join or login to comment.

  • Ed

    Ray thanks for healthy leadership at the maple donut shop exit 34! Judy made me ride 31 miles the next day when she heard I had donuts for breakfast.

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Sue T.

    Bill and Nancy, thanks for leading the ride yesterday. It sure was challenging with no trail markings! Kudos to Bill for being a great leader! I love our group of folks!!! Hope to see you all again real soon!

    May 25, 2014

  • Mary B.

    Bill and Nancy, thank you for a great ride around the Harrisburg Greenbelt. Always a good group, too.

    May 25, 2014

  • Bill

    What a great day and what a fun group.

    May 24, 2014

  • Mary B.

    Looking at the satellite image, I see a large parking lot off Championship Way. Is that our destination? https://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&saddr=&daddr=40.255493,-76.889240

    May 21, 2014

    • Mary B.

      Great! I'll try to be early, too.

      May 21, 2014

    • Bill

      Good idea looking at the satellite image. That gives you a good view of the parking situation. I think one time when we were there during an event we ended up being directed to park in the big lot by the big building on the other side of Market street. But its an easy ride down to the main lot. What you cant tell from the image is that you also have to ride up a short ramp, which goes right to left in the image, to get to the bridge level. Should be fun!

      May 21, 2014

  • Mary B.

    Bill, thanks for your cell. Got it.

    May 21, 2014

  • Bill

    An added bonus for this weekend's ride. Harrisburg Artfest 2014 will be going on this weekend. So we should have lots of entertainment and food available after the ride for anyone interested. Normally parking is free but it looks like they will be charging $5 to park on City Island. http://www.pennlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/05/harrisburg_artsfest_2014.html

    You can search the web for Harrisburg artsfest 2013 to see photos from last year to get an idea what its like. It looks like they set up in the street along the riverfront so we are hoping the riverfront park trail will still be open for biking, otherwise we may have to detour around the festival.

    May 20, 2014

    • Ray

      Bill, should we arrive earlier in order to find parking? Or should there be enough parking space?

      May 20, 2014

    • Bill

      We are going to try to arrive at the entrance to the parking between 9 and 9:15

      May 21, 2014

  • Bill

    Ray, I think there should be enough parking. They have large overflow lots on the island. If I remember correctly, for events like this, I think they have people directing you to available parking. Since we may be scattered around the parking lots, I would suggest we all meet at the Island side entrance of the "Peoples Bridge". Its a pedestrian only bridge so we don't have to worry about cars, just stampeding hordes. From there we can all cross the river on the bridge together and then on to the trail. I emailed everyone my cell in case anyone has trouble finding us.

    May 21, 2014

  • Sue T.

    As long as I can use the road bike I can detour...

    May 20, 2014

    • Bill

      Road Bike will be fine

      1 · May 21, 2014

  • Bill

    Ray, I think there should be enough parking. They have large overflow lots on the island. Since we may be scattered around the parking lots, I would suggest we all meet at the Island side entrance of the "Peoples Bridge". Its the pedestrian only bridge so we don't have to worry about cars, just stampeding hordes. From there we can all cross the river on the bridge together and then on to the trail. I'll email everyone who signed up my cell number in case anyone has difficulty parking or finding us.

    May 21, 2014

  • Bill

    I might go twice, but I will have to see how my knee holds up after the first loop.

    May 12, 2014

  • Ray

    Since the loop is 20 miles, let me know if anyone wants to go around twice. I am interested.

    May 12, 2014

  • Bill

    Mary, sorry I didn't answer your first Question. Yes the ride is around 20 mi. One other interesting thing, there is an athletic field that we pass that both times we have ridden by had two teams playing Cricket. Not knowing the rules or how to play exactly, it is interesting for at least the first minute. It is at a minimum, potentially something different to see.

    May 12, 2014

  • Bill

    Hi Ed, We live near BWI so I posted the directions from there cause it takes us between 1 hour 40 to 1 hour 50 minutes to the City Island parking lot. I figured people know where BWI is and could perhaps better gauge their own travel time from there.

    May 12, 2014

  • Bill

    Hi Mary, There are bathrooms and portable facilities along the trail. Mama's Pizza is about 1/3 of the way around the trail. I don't recall facilities along the last third of the trail, especially along the river front. However the trail parallels a main street and in an emergency I'm pretty sure there will be commercial establishments across the street with facilities.

    May 12, 2014

  • Ed

    Approximately how long a drive in time from BWI approx.?

    May 12, 2014

  • Mary B.

    Nice ride and I'm interested. Couple of questions: Looks like a 20 mile loop - correct? I assume there are bathrooms at the parking lot and along the ride. Mama's pizza look fine for lunch - is it halfway or at the end. Thanks.

    May 12, 2014

  • Bill

    This is an fun ride. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

    May 11, 2014

7 went

Our Sponsors

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy