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Take A Stroll Down the Hanover Trolley Trail

A paved trail that goes alongside a railway surrounded by trees.
Published on
May 13, 2024

The Hanover Trolly Trail is receiving a makeover! And on April 26, 2024, the York County Rail Trail Authority was excited to announce the completion and grand opening of two additional miles restored to the trail.

The completion of this portion of the trail connects the town of Spring Grove to the already completed section of the Hanover Trolley Trail. This will allow locals and visitors alike to enjoy a more fulfilling outdoor experience visiting Hanover and the surrounding areas. The York County Rail Trail Authority has plans to complete an additional mile in the coming year!

To walk, run, or bike the newest addition to the Hanover Trolley Trail, head over to Spring Grove Borough Park at 210 E Railroad St., Spring Grove, PA. Visitors will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in a lush, wooded area and a view of Codorus Creek.

About the Project

In 2020, the York County Rail Trail Authority purchased 8.5 miles of dormant rail line located between Hanover and the village of Bair in West Manchester Township and embarked on an estimated $14 million project to expand and complete the Hanover Trolley Trail. Originally envisioned in the 1970s to share occupancy with a sixteen-mile Met-Ed utility corridor, the Trolley Trail now has a parallel corridor that offers many advantages for trail development. Soon after the rail purchase, the authority salvaged the rails and began an aggressive trail construction plan.

With the rail corridor purchase also came the challenge of restoring adjacent portions of Oil Creek, an impaired tributary of Codorus Creek. Phase 1 of this work began in mid-April, and will be followed by additional trail construction in Heidelberg Township.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about dietary options, reservation policies, and hours of operation.

What are the top attractions to visit in Hanover?

Visitors often inquire about the Hanover Historic District, which is known for its over 2600 mid-19th to mid-20th-century buildings.

Are there guided tours available in Hanover?

In Hanover, Pennsylvania, history enthusiasts can enjoy a journey through time with visits to the Hanover Area Historical Society Museum, which showcases the town’s rich past; the Warehime-Myers Mansion, a beautifully preserved example of early 20th-century architecture; and the Neas House, one of the oldest surviving structures in Hanover, offering a glimpse into the life of the 18th-century Pennsylvania German settlers. These historical landmarks provide a captivating window into Hanover’s heritage and are a must-visit for those looking to experience the town’s historical charm.

Can visitors engage in any unique local activities?

In addition to Codorus State Park and Hickory Falls, Hanover is also known for the Snack Town Street Fair, a vibrant festival celebrating the town’s snack food heritage with craft vendors, food, and entertainment, created in partnership between the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce and Utz Brands

What historical experiences can one have in Hanover?

Hanover provides a rich historical experience with tours like the Civil War Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour and the Spirits of Jennie Wade Ghost Night Tour in nearby Gettysburg.

What is Hanover known for?

Hanover, Pennsylvania, is renowned as the Snack Food Capital of the World, home to iconic brands like Utz Quality Foods and Snyder’s of Hanover, which are part of the Campbell Snacks portfolio.                              

Where can I grab a drink?

Dolphin & Anchor Pub: Located in the heart of Hanover, they offer traditional beer styles with a twist.

Sign of the Horse Brewery: A contemporary brewery catering to craft brew enthusiasts with a range of house taps.

Fat Bat Brewing Company: A local brewery started by a beer-loving brother and sister team, known for their craft beer selections.

Iron Lion: A place where you can enjoy a selection of craft beers in a market setting1.

Where can I get a map of Hanover?

The Borough office at 44 Frederick St, Hanover has everything you will need to find your way around Hanover.