Regional Rails-to-Trails



Unlike pedestrian crosswalks in urban areas, vehicles have the right-of-way at trail crossings and are not required to stop for you.  Be safe!  Wait to cross roadways until there is no traffic and you can do so safely.


The municipalities of Akron Borough, Ephrata Borough, Ephrata Township, and Warwick Township collectively received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) for the purpose of conducting a Regional Rails-to-Trails Feasibility Study.  The Study was prepared in December, 2006 and intended to determine if it is feasible to develop a portion of the former Reading Railroad right-of-way into a trail system to serve the purposes of recreation and alternative transportation.

As a collaborative effort with the municipalities involved, and with the cooperation of property owners along the way, this trail system was opened to the public on December 31, 2018.  

The map below illustrates the Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail (WERT).  The trail starts at Broad Street in Lititz Borough, and then extends along the former Reading Railroad corridor, and ends at West Chestnut Street in Ephrata Borough.  It also shows parking areas and restrooms, as well as covered bridges along the trail.  It has been updated to show 2 electric car charging stations that are located in Ephrata Borough.  Click on the image to view a larger printable version of the Trail Access Guide (the WERT Brochure is available in the menu to the left; however, the map in the brochure does not show the car charging stations)

Click here to access the WRRC WERT page

Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail map image