Took a short trip around the town but not familiar with the area so basically I got separated from the trail (lost) for a few minutes. Mostly level riding, easy enough for anyone to enjoy, I wish it was closer to home, I would definitely ride it more often. The Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council installed a 130-foot trail bridge over Big Spring Road in 2017. Newville had one surviving (maybe the ONLY? But so far I like it a lot! Cumberland Valley Rail Trail - Passage through time and countryside. Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council Page 1 of 2 Age Grade 58 clear sky light breeze Name Over All Time Adjusted Race Number City State Time Adjusted Gender Age Place Age Graded % 1 Connor Petula 72.90 1 19:37 17:50 M 14 6568 Mount Holly SpringsPA 2 Ron Slozat 72.49 18 25:55 17:56 M 74 6581 Shippensburg PA There is a very short extension toward Carlisle. Join the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council for First Fridays at Ship Station on the first Friday of the month, April thru October 2021. My wife and I biked the trail this afternoon. It is well maintained and has some nice views of the mountains. Here, the trail is paved and marked with lanes from past events. There are also a couple of restaurants in Newville within each biking distance of the trail. Cumberland … When I returned earlier this weekend, I discovered a brand new bridge over Fogelsanger Road. The trail crosses about five farm roads and we only had to wait at one for a car to pass. The CVRTC Board is If it migh t be yours pleae contact me at purc2186@epix.net and I'll be glad to mail it to you. The CRHS’s resulting partnership with the CVRM and the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council (CVRTC) has led to this exciting expansion of the site. The trail currently dead ends on a side street with no apparent signage, but it appears that restrooms and a parking area are under construction there. The route roughly follows travel corridors first used by American Indians and then Scotch-Irish settlers in the mid-1700s. Preserving this beauty and history is the mission of the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council (CVRTC). I have ridden the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail twice. I can't wait for the trail to connect to Carlisle. Sort of becoming a 'two-track' in places. A 1-mile section in Carlisle, beginning at Allen Road, was completed in 2017, and 2018 saw an additional 2 miles open in Newville, with a goal of eventually connecting to Carlisle. At the Shippensburg end - you can go out of the park and get on the road for about 1/2 mile and be in the town of Shippensburg with restaurants. My kids did the whole trail and back. The CRHS’s boxcar is being temporarily stored on the local Pennsylvania & Southern Railway in nearby Chambersburg, Pennsylvania until preparations are made at the trailhead to accommodate it. This will be an out and back 25 mile bike ride from the Shippensburg Station past the trailhead in Newville to the trail end at Greenhill Road and back to the Shippensburg Station. This was our second ride on a Rails to Trails. An Amish woman on a bicycle blew around me heading south, and she disappeared at a pretty good clip. You develop a love/hate relationship with the trees. ", "The best access to the southern part of the trail is from the Shippensburg Township Park located just 0.9 miles from the southern-most end of the trail. Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council Formed in 1992, CVRTC has spent over 20 years developing the former Cumberland Valley Railroad into an improved multi-use trail to serve all ages and abilities. The trail is right next to the park...you can't miss it. Vern Gauthier sent us a list of birds seen on It is a pretty and flat ride through the countryside. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! for wide-ranging views of farms and pastureland on the way to Newville. Nice facility and picnic area. The trail was easy, and what beautiful countryside. birds seen along the trail. In addition, the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail Council also recently completed the a one mile section of the trail beginning at Allen Road in Carlisle. This marks a future 11-mile extension to Dickinson College. "I just rode the Newville end of this trail, and the conditions are much improved from years past. miles. Oakville has a nice starting point also, with shaded picnic tables & nice restrooms. A Scenic view is lacking as trail is heavily tree lined or flanked by high embankments which cant be helped and shouldn't discourage users. Very scenic on the bike, when there are banks on the side they can be typically seen over if on a bike. In 2012, thirteen Pannier Fiberglass Embedded panels and Traditional T exhibit bases were installed along the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. I ended up going into a grocery store, at the edge of town, for an ice cream, as I could not even find a local convenience store that sold them. The Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council took possession of the boxcar in October 2017 and spent the next two years restoring it. It’s mostly crushed stone. Are you interested in seeing the trail extended to Carlisle? I met very nice people on the trail. Started in Shippensburg at a very nice local park with lots of parking, easy access to trail, clean restrooms & a covered pavilion. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail rolls 13.7 miles through a bucolic valley that’s hemmed in by the Blue and South Mountains in south-central Pennsylvania. It took us 8 hours to do it. Extending the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail from Newville to Carlisle To reach the trailhead, turn right out of the parking lot onto Allen Road, and go about 0.2 mile. It is a wide trail with room on the shoulder for the horses. The longer-term vision includes an 11-mile extension of the trail east along the old CVRR corridor from Newville to Carlisle. We shared the trail with riders of all ages and fitness levels - all seemed comfortable. This trail is a gem -- clean, slightly shaded, mostly flat and in fantastic condition. We receive no funding from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), or from any government entity. Visit Trail Website. Submit your most inspirational photographs depicting one or more of the following categories: ! Allen Rd. We started at the Ship Twnshp park and rode to Newville and back. Facebook. Just a few rough patches in the trail, heavy gravel. A century of repeated fill has raised the long-single tracked trail right-of-way high above the paralleling former second (southbound) track. Go 1.5 miles, and turn left onto US 11/E. Carlyle is not connected yet, but soon I hope. I am from Newville originally (now live in Texas) but each time I have returned over the past couple of years, I have did long runs on this trail. None have ever approached the trail but the concern is there nonetheless. The trail continues in this condition for another 5.6-miles to the northern trailhead at Newville where there are very nice rest rooms and parking facilities just waiting for the trail improvements to reach them.The trail runs through the fertile Cumberland Valley with only narrow strips of woods on either side separating it from the working farms that have been there for centuries. The view to the west is awesome, as towering Blue Mountain parallels your path along this beautiful valley. Great ride!! Benches and sufficient picnic tables along the way, though nearly all are in direct sun in summer. Mostly level biking with about 2 small inclines to cross roads. We made it about 3 miles to the Nealy Road crossing (with very steep banks, probably was/should be a bridge) and decided to call it a day -- our bikes aren't ""mountain"" worthy, and this definitely is not a smooth paved or gravel trail.This trail definitely has potential, though -- it travels through some beautiful countryside, and you really get the sense of being ""away from it all"" with no highway noise disturbing the ride. I saw very little wildlife on the trail...mostly rabbits and groundhogs...no deer. COVID-19 Destination Updates. Evidently, there was a railroad bridge crossing this road before and the plan is that there will be a full continuation of the trail across a new bridge when the money is available to finish it. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is a scenic, 13-mile trail that follows an abandoned railroad track from Newville, Pennsylvania, to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. All in all a nice ride, scenery isn't the best but it is a fairly level grade with nice trail heads. There are several restroom stations from Newville to Shippensburg and there are benches and picnic tables at several locations. The park is undergoing what appears to be an extensive renovation and will have an ample asphalt parking lot with restrooms, athletic fields, and a playground. ... Cumberland Valley Cycling Club, Inc. Bikers please let walkers know you are passing. This was a nice ride. I would highly recommend this trail. If anyone lost one contact me at purc2186@epix.net. At about the halfway point, you’ll reach the Oakville Road crossing where you’ll find a picnic table and restrooms just up the road in North Newton Township Park. Lexington Cyclocross. Great trail, but I have noticed that with the increase in traffic, many bikers pass walkers at fairly high speeds and with no warning. the trial between Newville and Oakville over the last 3 years. dawn-to-dusk all year long even when you see the closed sign. The route is not marked. people to important natural, recreational and cultural places and We passed a few farms and got to see some Amish buggies. This extension is designed to eventually be part of the 11-mile trail that would connect Carlisle to the trailhead in Newville. They provide you with needed shade but block your view. The trail ends in Newville, PA. - a small rural town. Cumberland Valley Rails-To-Trails Council listed as CVRTC Looking for abbreviations of CVRTC? Click on map for printable version Cumberland Valley Rail Trail Main trail (12.8 miles) Downtown Shippensburg trailhead at Earl St. to Green Hill Rd. There are no picturesque streams, dark brooding forests nor soaring vistas here. I rode the entire Cumberland Valley Rail Trail this Labor Day weekend. It is noted that the depiction of the trail on the traillink map is not entirely accurate. Another 3.8 miles of travel takes you to the Newville trailhead, after which you’ll pass the borough of Newville on the south side. Would recommend bikes with wide tires since some southern trail surface has very loose small stones. October 17 rode the trail end to end. I don't think most are aware of this. Learn more, GOATFUNDME: Japanese Knotweed is attacking the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. If you keep your eyes open, and you don't just "race" the course, there is plenty to see here! CUMBERLAND VALLEY RAILS-TO-TRAILS COUNCIL, INC. MARYLAND FOREIGN CORPORATION: WRITE REVIEW: Address: 13101 Welty Rd., #9 Waynesboro, PA 17268: Registered Agent: John A. Ziegler: Filing Date: July 31, 1991: File Number: F03262193: Contact Us About The Company Profile For Cumberland Valley Rails-To-Trails Council, Inc. I did this trail exactly one year ago (see the review a Tale of Two Trails). It was well maintained, minimal debris. There is also ample parking at Newville and once the trail actually connects it should prove to be greatly appreciated by the trail users.There is limited parking at the Oakville Road crossing as well as at the Shippensburg end.I can't wait for it to be completed this summer. Not too crowded but enough activity that you didn't feel isolated. As for the trail itself, we found it to be in very good condition and actually considered it to be a fast trail. This is a great ride! It is a wonderfully maintained trail that accommodates hikers, bikers, runners and horses alike. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail rolls 13.7 miles through a bucolic valley that’s hemmed in by the Blue and South Mountains in south-central Pennsylvania. But for now, 10.9 miles is a nice length for a good ride. So yes, you certainly need not feel alone or isolated on THIS trail! Quite a bit of tree tunneling to pedal through. I don't usually see a lot of people on the trail, but it makes for a nice, calming ride. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, and road biking. total of 32 of the birds were new to our list. At Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we are building a nation connected by trails. This is peaceful, pastoral farmland dotted with homes that are 100 years old, and occasionally 200 years old that are not preserved as historic sites but rather are in daily use by those who operate the farms there. A few signs indicating where the last 1.5 + miles are located would be extremely helpful for those of us not from the area. There’s no parking or facilities at the true end, so for now, Shippensburg Township Park, with restrooms, water, pavilions and loads of parking is a better ending point. Otherwise, the trail is mostly flat and it is very scenic. I liked this trail, but was disappointed to see that 95% of the ride was gravel. What I did see was tons of farms, barns, and silos; and there are some really beautiful views at the various trail heads of farmland that just sprawls out forever. Found clean restrooms at both ends which is a big plus for this trail. Hopefully this is the start of the planned extension to Carlisle. The trail is essentially straight with one sweeping curve and no perceptible grade. Click on map for printable version Cumberland Valley Rail Trail Main trail (12.8 miles) Downtown Shippensburg trailhead at Earl St. to Green Hill Rd. Having to travel 141 miles to get here, I was only able to do the uppermost 6.7 miles of the trail, and it was delightful. I believe it was being used as a residence. The published directions are good if you're coming from Harrisburg, but if from Hagerstown, get off at exit 24...29 is way out of the way! We love riding the trail and appreciate all of the work that goes in to making this great trail available to us all. I understand the bidding is all done and the work should begin shortly.The trail section in Newville is 1 mile long with part of it being concrete surface and part being asphalt. Three miles of trail are open and three additional miles are planned. This extension is designed to eventually be part of the 11-mile trail that would connect Carlisle to the trailhead in Newville. Cumberland Valley Rails-To-Trails Council, Inc. is a Maryland Foreign Corporation filed on July 31, 1991. MY ACCOUNT LOG IN; Join Now | Member Log In. Once a stretch of railroad tracks, the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail stretches from Shippensburg to Newville, on land that was donated to the council by Conrail in 1995. We chose to bike only to halfway point in Oakville (& back), where we enjoyed a light picnic in the shade at picnic tables. Your donation will help us to continue connecting more people to trails around the country. Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council Squirrel Away 5k 58 clear sky light breeze Age Groups Age Group Over All Age Group Age On Race Day Race Number Pace / Mile Time Name City State Male 12 & under 1 21 33:25 Kolyn Rhoads 6576 11 12 & under Newville PA 10:45 2 24 42:35 Samuel Bernecker 6495 8 12 & under Chambersburg PA 13:42 Female 13 - 19 The trail is open dawn–dusk, and bicyclists are required to wear helmets. Seemed to be slightly uphill riding towards Shippensburg but overall it was pretty flat with only mild dips and hills during road crossings. The crushed stone is packed well enough to not be a problem. Like I stated, much of the trail is lined with trees, but occasionally portions open up to gorgeous farmland. Become a member and wear your FREE T-Shirt with pride. The roads were not heavily used as far as I could see (at least at this time of the morning) but a careful "look" is required before crossing. Be sure to go inside, though they also have picnic tables outside. The trail is graded slightly "up" from Newville to Shippensburg. In 2012, thirteen Pannier Fiberglass Embedded panels and Traditional T exhibit bases were installed along the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. What a great trail. Running from Shippensburg to east of Newville, with a 1-mile segment in Carlisle, the trail will eventually extend seamlessly all the way to Carlisle, the county seat, for a distance of 20 miles. To reach the Carlisle trailhead from I-81, take Exit 44, and head northwest on PA 465/Allen Road. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is a scenic, 13-mile trail that follows an abandoned railroad track from Newville, Pennsylvania, to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. -Rich Ballash, Latrobe, PA 10-5-12. My favorite part of the trail is not very far from the beginning if you start from Newville. Suitable for walking, running and biking. A very enjoyable ride - as a beginner riding during a time when the trail was not crowded, I was able to ride about 15 mph. Only the half-mile paved Trail had a rough couple spots where small stones were packed down instead of gravel. We started at about 10 AM at the Newville trailhead, wasn't sure how far we wanted to ride, maybe all the way to Shippensburg? Trail ride was beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. Perfect weather on Memorial Day 2014. There are picnic tables, clean restrooms, a playgound for the kids and a splash pool in the summer months. Found a car key on the trail on Sunday, Oct. 16. I biked the developed section this past weekend and found it to be a nice trail with wildlife such as rabbits, birds, woodchuck, and a snake sunning itself. Now that the Cumberland Valley Rail -Trail is mostly complete,  we must turn our attention the the care and I've only run up to ten miles, so have only gotten to the 5 mile marker. I spent 45 minutes driving in circles, asking a multitude of townsfolk where the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail was located, and they all looked at me like I was from Mars. My friend and I rode this trail on November 1, 2019. CVRTC owns and maintains the Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail that runs 11 miles between Shippensburg and Newville and is working on extending the trail to Carlisle and through downtown Shippensburg. This year the Cumberland Valley Rail-to-Trail Council's 13th annual Race, Run, Ride & Ramble is joining forces with the Shippensburg Historical Society's 3rd annual BrewFest to create the Cumberland Valley TrailFest. I will definitely be visiting this trail in the future and I can't wait to ride it in the fall. Road crossings are marked well, HOWEVER, for those of us who refuse to dismount and walk across a road, it is very difficult to SEE each direction on these road crossings before getting to the actual crossing. I have not gone the full length of the trail and I too was concerned about riding my bike by myself but there are usually other people riding and walking when I visit. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Really pretty stuff! Looking for abbreviations of CVRTC? The only negative part of the trail was the last 2.5 miles past the Newville trailhead. Rode this trail for a first, 09/03/19 started at Newville and rode to Shippensburg which seemed to be the harder direction to pedal, then back. Benches available along route. They are plentiful in early to mid July! Trees & underbrush block most views, but also keep you shaded except at midday. The CVRTC is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable corporation dedicated to conservation, historic preservation, recreation, and alternative transportation through the development of multi-use trails along former railroad corridors and other areas. A 1-mile section of trail also runs west from Allen Road in Carlisle through trees and farmland. Will definitely hop on this trail every time I come back to visit. 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