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Feasibility Study for Gettysburg to Hanover Off-Road Trail

During January-October 2007, a Feasibility Study was conducted to determine the possibilities for building an off-road multi-use trail from Gettysburg to Hanover. There are several reasons for building such a trail.

1. It would allow people to travel on an off-road trail from Gettysburg to Hanover and then to York and the York County Heritage Trail which runs 43 miles south into Maryland. Maryland residents could travel to Gettysburg via these trails to visit Gettysburg and Adams County. Bike tourism is a growing industry that brings hundreds of thousands of tourism dollars into trail areas around the Greater Allegehney Passage and the Pine Grove Trail in northern Pennsylvania.

2. It would provide an off-road trail for residents to use for recreation and transportation. Use of trails for these purposes continues to increase nationwide as people try to improve their health and fitness and look for alternative transportation to work.

3. It would provide a vital link to the proposed Grand History Trail. This proposed network of trails will lead south to Frederick, MD and connect to Washington D.C. via the C&O Canal Trail, then follow the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Recreational Trail to Baltimore, follow the NCR Trail and York’s Heritage Rail Trail to York, and then loop back to Gettysburg.

A brochure about the study was distributed in several ways.

The complete study, about 150 pages can be found here.

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