Schuylkill & Susquehanna Trail

Schuylkill & Susquehanna Trail is a 19-mile, east-west rail trail through St. Anthony's Wilderness (Stoney Valley) in Schuylkill, Lebanon and Dauphin counties. Surface is easy packed gravel/cinder, maintained by the Pa. Game Commission as an access road. If you like to run fast in a remote forest setting, this trail is for you. Because access is limited to gates at the east and west ends, you may run miles without seeing a soul. Or, you may see groups of trail bikers, horseback riders and the occasional hiker (the Appalachian Trail follows the S&S for a short distance). You won't see vehicles. Potable water and shade are plentiful. The occasional bear will leave you alone; the only danger is from poisonous snakes...keep an eye on the trail, especially if you're flying! This narrow valley was hard-coal country in the mid-19th Century, then a railroad resort until about 1930. If you know where to look, you can find vestiges of ghost towns with names like Gold Mine, Yellow Springs, Cold Springs and Rausch's Gap. Best access from the east is on Gold Mine Road, which connects Tower City, Schuylkill County, with Route 443 in Swatara State Park, Lebanon County. For access from the west, take Route 15 to the village of Dauphin, then follow township roads up Stoney Creek to the Ellendale Gate.