South Mountain PA Rail-Trail Study

$3,310 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 28 months
Created March 17, 2017

A Bike/Walk/Run/Ski Trail Connecting Mechanicsburg and Dillsburg

You have an amazing opportunity to help explore building a rail-trail that connects Mechanicsburg to Dillsburg and we need your help! Our group has secured some funding from a few York and Cumberland County groups and municipalities but we need more  - these collective funds will allow us to apply for DCNR grant funding opportunities by serving as a match to DCNR grants. Over the past year, a regional coalition of support has been growing, researching, and working together across Cumberland and York Counties. 

We look forward to having you come along for the ride, you'll love the view.

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This potential rail-trail would highlight the heritage and beautiful scenery - those things that so many of us love about our communities, while giving us all a place for convenient, safe, healthy, and beautiful recreation. The first step is to conduct a Feasibility Study - this is what your contribution will help to fund - it is a written report that will explore the feasibility of constructing the project and how much community support exists. A Feasibility Study is required before we apply for construction grants in the future, should our communities choose to move forward with construction. 

          What is a Feasibility Study? (click here)

          Example Feasibility Study (click here)

          What Is a Rail-Trail? (click here)

With new trails and linear parks, like the Cardinal Greenway   in rural Indiana and the NYC High Line, pushing the imagination of trail/park design, the economic, health, natural and cultural preservation, quality of life, etc. impacts on communities is seemingly limitless.

Heritage + Health & Recreation + Economy

Completed in 1872, the Dillsburg Branch of the Cumberland Valley Railroad extended 8 miles and connected the vital rail network at Harrisburg with the ore fields of South Mountain, surrounding Dillsburg. Later, passenger service to both communities helped them prosper and grow, while the annual Granger's Picnic at Williams Grove continuously attracted tens of thousands of train riders over the course of the one week event.

In the early 20th Century, the branch became incorporated into the larger Pennsylvania Railroad system, and was electrified in 1906. Trolley service between the towns began, and trolleys across the farmland of Monroe and Carroll Townships became a common sight. 

Eventually, as the automobile began to replace the railroads for moving people, the branch began to fade into history. By the late 1970's all trains had ceased running on the line, and the tracks were removed in the 1980's.

Today, this somewhat forgotten story and railroad corridor presents the South Mountain region with a truly unique opportunity to link the historic communities once again. Riding the momentum, and with examples of the widely popular and successful Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, the Letort Nature Trail (along the former Reading RR line), and the York County Rail Trail, we continue the growth and potential of trails in the region. 

The potential to connect with trails such as the Mason Dixon Trail, the Appalachian Trail, State Bicycle Route J2, and the Yellow Breeches Water Trail, to name a few offer fascinating opportunities to both trail users and communities.

South Mountain Partnership is managed as a public-private partnership by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and is helping to facilitate the Feasibility Study for the South Mountain Trolley Greenway.
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In March 2019, the very first meeting of the South Mountain Trolley Greenway 'feasibility study committee' took place! The meeting was facilitated by Buchart Horn, the selected feasibility study consultant. Committee members include county and local regional planners, bike/ped advocates, landscape conservationists, local parks & rec staff, public health professionals, local elected officials, local non-profits, and community revitalization advocates who all have a special area of interest and expertise which Buchart Horn will tap into to better inform the feasibility study and process.
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Great work, everyone! We are $315 away from $1500 on our GoFundMe campaign webpage. Let's see if we can reach the $1500 goal by the end of today.

Let's keep those donations rolling in! We'd like to raise as much as possible by April 7. Thanks!
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Wow, what a fantastic response! Thank you to those who have already contributed and provided us with a strong start! At this pace, we can reach our goal.
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$3,310 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 73 people in 28 months
Created March 17, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
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Jason Kichline
3 days ago
Cynthia Bensel
15 days ago
Ian Morrison
1 month ago

Access to safe bicycle pathways for everyone that utilize previously existing infrastructure with ties to our local history is too important to ignore!

Marilyn Chastek
2 months ago

I donated because this would be a wonderful trail close to population centers and could be used for recreation and transportation.

Delinda Harper
3 months ago
Beth Major
3 months ago
Jean Lehman
3 months ago
Corey Smith
3 months ago

I live in Mechanicsburg and would LOVE bike access to other places in our area.

Andrea Holtry
3 months ago

A rail trail in this area will help families stay active and have fun!

3 months ago
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