Heritage Rail-Trail County Park

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Heritage Rail Trail County Park, which encompasses twenty-one scenic miles through the heart of York County, is one of the longest non-motorized rail trails in the United States. The trail is adjacent to the Northern Central Railway, which connected Baltimore and York from 1838 until 1972. Users of the Heritage Rail Trail can ride through the historic Howard Tunnel, the oldest continually operational rail tunnel in the world. The tunnel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the Hanover Junction Rail Station, another stop along the rail-trail. President Abraham Lincoln stopped here in route to give his famous Gettysburg Address. Note that the northern terminus of the rail-trail is the Colonial Courthouse in downtown York.

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