Wildlife viewers of all ages and experiences can hike, bike, walk, or horseback ride on the 11-mile Cumberland Valley Rail Trail that follows the abandoned Cumberland Valley railroad corridor from Shippensburg to Newville. In addition, the Cumberlalnd Valley Rail Trail Council also recently completed the a mile-section of the trail beginning at Allen Road in Carlisle. This extension is designed to eventually be part of the 11-mile trail that would connect Carlisle to trailhead in Newville. The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is a designated National Recreation Trail.
Birding: This corridor of woods and shrubs adjacent to farms and grasslands provides habitat for dense populations of wildlife including Belted Kingfisher, Cedar Waxwing, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Meadowlark, American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl, Indigo Bunting, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Common Yellowthroat, and red fox. The Oakville area provides opportunities to observe grassland species such as the Horned Lark.
Surface: .5 miles from Newville is concrete & asphalt; 10.5 miles from Shippensburg Park to Camp Rd is a two-tread trail; grassy, hard-packed earth for equestrians & packed stone dust for hikers/bikers.
Trail Entrances: 23 McFarland Street, Newville (restrooms and parking); 401 Oakville Road, Shippensburg (restrooms are located at the North Newton Township Park, 1/4 mile northwest of the trail on Oakville Road and parking); Shippensburg Township Park, 304 Britton Road (restrooms and parking).
Please note: the map marker on the map is at the Newville trail entrance on 23 McFarland Street in Newville.
- Directions: Access to the Rail Trail can occur at the following locations: Newville: From the north exit I-81 at Newville (exit 37, PA 233 north). As you enter town, take the first left onto Vine Street and follow through town becoming Fairfield Street (PA 533W). As you leave town, turn left on Cherry Street and go to street end at McFarland Street. Parking and restrooms available. Carlisle: Take PA 641 through Newville, turn left on Cemetery Road and follow to end of the road on McFarland Street. Oakville: From US 11 or PA 533 turn west on Oakville Road and follow into village. Park on the northeast side of the road in the marked area along the treeline. Shippensburg: Exit I-81 (at exit 24 or 29). From King Street (US 11) turn onto North Earl Street and go to the first light. Turn left onto West Burd Street and go 1 block. Parking is available in the Municipal parking lot on the left. To access the trail go 1 block north on Seneca Street, then 1 block East on Fort Street. Shippensburg Township Park: From King Street (US 11) in Shippensburg, turn onto North Queen Street then right onto Britton Road; approximately .5 mile to the Park. Parking and restrooms are available.
- Hours: Dawn to Dusk
- Months Open: Year-round
- Handicapped Accessible:
- Pets Allowed:
- All Ages:
- Under 4:
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- Interpretative Signage:
- Miles of Trails: 11
- Number of Trails: 1
- Any Length Trail:
- Trail Length > 5 Miles:
- Date: September 30, 2017
- Times: 5k race at 9:00 AM; Hike at 10:30 AM
- Location: Cumberland Valley Rail Trail
- Town: Newville