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Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail

The Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail is an 11-mile rural recreational trail running from Shippensburg to Newville, Pa. This non-motorized, multi-use linear park is used by walkers, bicyclists, runners and horseback riders who enjoy nature and the great outdoors. The Rail-Trail follows the former railroad right-of-way of the historic Cumberland Valley Railroad (CVRR) that was completed in 1837 from Harrisburg to Carlisle. The CVRR made a major contribution to farming and industry in the valley by greatly improving access to markets on the East Coast and, also, played a strategic role during the Civil War. Troops and supplies were moved down the railroad for the battles in Virginia and points southwest. On a number of occasions the railroad was attacked by Confederate Troops. Passenger train service on the CVRR ended in 1952, and the last trains used the line in the early 1970’s. Work is currently underway to extend the Rail-Trail from Newville to Carlisle.

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