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Rail Trail Connects Students to Recreation

Shippensburg students now have access to 11 miles of multi-use trail.


By: Merideth Bucher

11010003SHIPPENSBURG– The Cumberland Valley Rail trail is open for business.  The Shippensburg trail head officially opened in late April marking the completion of the Newville to Shippensburg line, an event 20 years in the making.  The Conrail railroad donated the abandoned rail land in 1995 and today, Shippensburg students have convenient access to 11 miles of multi-use trail.  The trail parallels Adams drive on the southeast side of campus, with the trail head located on North Earl Street, at Fort Street.  The trail extends 11 miles north east of Shippensburg into the Newville Borough.

The Newville trail head has plenty of parking, there’s a bathroom facility and a picnic area.  The first 1/2 mile at the Newville end of the trail is paved and wheelchair accessible.  The rest of the trial is primarily crushed stone and fairly level, which attracts bicyclists, hikers and even riders on horseback.  The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail organization is hosting a 5K race on Sept. 30th.  Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate.

Much of the trail is shaded, which draws many visitors, in addition to the natural beauty of the Pennsylvania countryside. There is a lot to see and appreciate along the trail.  The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail organization is currently raising funds to extend the trail and eventually connect the business districts of Shippensburg and Carlisle, along with the campuses of Shippensburg University and Dickinson College. The completion date for that extension has not been announced. 11020005

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