Lebanon Valley Rails-to-Trails, Inc. (LVRT) is a non-profit organization consisting of local volunteers who have successfully developed a rail trail in Lebanon County. The existing trail travels from the Lancaster County line to the City of Lebanon (about 15 miles). This trail is a multi-use facility for pedestrians, bicycles and equestrians and has been operating since 2001. The trail provides connection to nearby sites, such as Mount Gretna, the Conewago Trail, the Horseshoe Trail, Cornwall Manor, Lebanon High School, Cedar Crest High School, the Expo Center and numerous homes and businesses. The trail is used for recreation as well as non-motorized transportation.
Because of the existing trail's success, Lebanon County and the County Planning Department are providing LVRT, Inc.with assistance in studying the possibility of extending the trail north of the City to Swatara State Park to where the Department of Conversation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has an active trail system. This trail would ideally be built upon or near the former Lebanon-Tremont Branch of the Reading Railroad and would connect Jonestown and other adjacent residential areas as well as sites such as the Union Canal Tunnel Park.
You can learn more at the LVRT website at www.lvrailtrail.com.