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The rail trail south of New Freedom to the Maryland line - about 2 miles - is among the best shaded on the trail.

The rail trail in New Freedom: The Parks of York County series

Another in a series of photo essays of York County parks. The rail trail in New Freedom is an older part of the trail, in use for several years before the trail punch through into York in 1999.

Here is an assortment of photos from the New Freedom stretch of the 20 miles between the Maryland Line and the city of York.


That’s Tristan Mundis, whose love for railroads is such that he spends an evening on the trail with a photographer with rolling stock as a backdrop! I interrupted the photo shoot.
No boxy concrete bridge will cross the rail trail near the Maryland line. A truss design fits the setting.
This water bird was either used to rail trail users or not well because he or she was unflappable as walkers passed by.


A small stream along the trail is home to this snake. Wildlife of many types is everywhere along the trail.
The vertical plank marks the spot. The Mason-Dixon Line is invisible except here at the Maryland line on the trail. You can sit on a bench and have one leg in Maryland and the other in Pennsylvania.

This Little Library near the trail has two departments – for adults and children.

A locomotive for the Northern Central Railway that runs an excursion train on the old Northern Central Railway right of way.
Summit Grove Camp indicates that New Freedom is a high elevation on the line. Campers took the short walk from the railroad to the campground when the Northern Central and its successors offered excursion service.


Check out this 25-picture gallery of scenes in and around New Freedom