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
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
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.
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.