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View from "House Rock" on the Conestoga Trail System looking south towards the "Pinnacle Overlook"

Welcome to the Website

of the

Lancaster Hiking Club

and official site for the Conestoga Trail System

in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Our Mission- "To provide a program of outdoor recreation and to maintain the Conestoga Trail System!"

The Club is now a 501 -3c Non -Profit organization!!!

Your tax deductible contributions will help to maintain and protect the Conestoga Trail and the Club's mission to provide for Outdoor recreation in Lancaster County..


new dam at speedwell

Access to the Area around the rebuilt Speedwell forge lake dam has been restored!!!!! You will not be cited for trespassing. Please stay off the dam! Stay on the trail.!!!!!! posted12/28/16 ...Photo spring 2016

Two more segments of the Warwick-Ephrata rail trail have opened!!!

The 5200 ft. section from Newport road east to Picnic Woods road; and 1900 ft. has been added going west to the segment from Main st. in Akron to Millway rd. in Ephrata Township. They have been completed and are open to the public. 12/28/16



Access to Kelly's Run at Holtwood has been reopened thanks to negotiations between the Lanco Conservancy and Talen energy. Parking only. Playground equipment, ball fields, et.al. are still not being maintained.

You should not be cited for tresspassing , just for parking at the location to access Kelly's Run.


Dana Edsall has created new interactive maps of the entire Conestoga Trail, with landviews, topos, streets, zoom in and out, etc.

Check it out at


Excellent photos of the CTS from Holtwood to Tucquan Glen with hiking review


Section A between Pine hill road and Erb's covered bridge closed due a change in landowners. Do not tresspass on this section as you may be prosecuted! Click for detour route.