Exploring natural history one itsy bitsy spider at a time...

Exploring natural history one itsy bitsy spider at a time...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Riding on the York Rail Trail

November 23
22 mile bike ride starting at Hanover Junction Train Station, York County, PA.

Hanover Junction Train Station has a museum, restrooms, parking lot, picnic tables and Penn State Extension Master Gardener's garden. 

Trail runs next to the train tracks heading south towards Maryland.  The trail winds past streams; wetlands; a wildlife sanctuary; houses; an ice cream shop and antique store; farms with horses, sheep and chickens; and forest.  Some areas are overrun with Japanese Honeysuckle, Norway Maples, and Mile-a-Minute.  Some areas have beautiful rock cliffs with ferns and Virginia pines.  

Maryland line complete with a map of the trail going both directions and picnic tables. 

At the Mason Dixon Line! 

From Hanover Junction it's 11 miles to the Mason Dixon Line and 11 miles back to the truck!

Bird sightings:
Bald Eagle, Turkey Vultures, Black Vultures, Red-tailed Hawk, Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Cardinals, Great Blue Heron, Carolina Wren, Dark-eyed Juncos, Eastern Bluebirds, and Bluejays. 

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