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The Lebanon Valley Trail is a 14 mile rail trail, while the Conewago Trail is a 5 mile rail trail. The 2 trails join together to make a total length of 19 miles. The Cornwall Trailhead is at mile # 10 of the Lebanon Valley Trail. From there we can ride the 10 miles to the Conewago Trail, ride those 5 miles and then return to Cornwall. We can also ride the last 4 miles of the Lebanon Valley Trail for those who want to ride the whole length. The Lebanon Valley Trail has variety. The ride passes through farmland, forest, and historical landmarks. It also passes Mount Gretna, a neat little town worth stopping in. We can grab a bite to eat there. The Conewago Trail also passes through farmland and forest. The trail runs along the quiet, meandering Conewago Creek. Most of the trail is shaded by trees that edge the fields and meadows. Both trails are well - graded crushed stone. You will need a hybrid or mountain bike to do this ride. Being rail trails, both trails are a level ride and therefore easy riding. Directions to Cornwall Trailhead : PA turnpike west, get off exit 266. Take route 72 north to route 419. Turn right heading north on route 419. The Cornwall parking area is along route 419 at the intersection of Cornwall Road/Freeman Drive/Burd Coleman Road in the village of Cornwall. It is a gravel parking lot in which there is a porta pot and a tiny concession stand in the shape of a gigantic root beer barrel. Neighborhood Landmarks near the intersection are the Cornwall Elementary School and Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. You can use the Church's address to get you to the intersection : 2596 Cornwall Road, Cornwall, PA. I can be found by my Blue Rav4 or Gray Jeep. Any questions call me at[masked]
We will ride from the Biddle Point Trailhead to Schaeffers Canal House in Chesapeake City. We will eat at Schaeffers before riding back. It will be a little over 30 miles round trip. But it will be an easy level ride on paved surface. Since the ride is one way and the same way back, anyone is welcome to ride any distance they desire by turning around at any location. After returning to our cars, we have the option of riding the other direction to Delaware City, not too far past our stating point plus a good ice cream stand and views of the bay!! Directions to Biddle Point Trailhead : Take I95 in Delaware to Route 1. Take Route 1 south. Get off exit 152 ( Route 72 ). Take 72 east a short distance to Route 13. Take Route 13 south. Follow Route 13 south until you get to Cox Neck Road. Make a left on Cox Neck Road. Follow this until you will make a right at a sign for the C&D Canal Wildlife Area. This right turn will take you to the Biddle Point Trailhead parking lot. I copied this ride from two years ago. I will have to find out if these places are still open. I will put it in comments section. I can be found by my Blue Rav4 or Gray Jeep. Any questions call me at[masked]
This ride will start on 3 different short trails : The Pomeroy Rail Trail, James F Hall Trail, and Newark Rail Trail. These will take us through Newark to White Clay Creek State Park. We can then ride some of the easier trails there. These trails will not be paved, so a hybrid or mountain bike will be needed to ride in the White Clay Creek State Park part of our bike ride. This can be around a 2 - 3 hour ride. White Clay Creek State Park is big, so we can always ride more if desired. On our way back through Newark, we can stop for a bite to eat. Newark has a lot of places. Probably ice cream too. Directions to Kells Park : The address is 247 Kells Ave. Newark, DE 19711. From I-95 take 896 North ( South College Ave ). From Newark take 896 South ( South College Ave ). If travelling north on 896 make a right on East Park Place. If travelling south on 896 make a left on East Park Place. Once on East Park Place go across Academy Street. Go to Manuel Street and make a right. Go to Kells Avenue and make a left. The parking lot will be on your right. Click on edit map above to view directions.