Capital Area Greenbelt

Harrisburg, Capital Area Greenbelt

The trail is a 20-mile loop through and around Harrisburg.  It passes along the Susquehanna River through Riverfront Park, through wooded areas, urban offices, residential areas, and scenic parks, including Reservoir Park and Wildwood Park.


Parts of the trail share the road, but most of the loop is on dedicated paths. Most of the trail is paved but portions are gravel or crushed stone.


Although the Capital Area Greenbelt is a loop trail with many access points along its route, City Island in Harrisburg, which provides multi uses in the middle of the Susquehanna River, is a nice point to commence this loop, and the best parking in Harrisburg.

To reach the Walnut Street Bridge on City Island from I-83, take the 2nd Street Exit. Follow 2nd Street north to Market and turn left. Follow Market across the bridge to City Island. You will see the City Island parking lot entrance on your right. The Walnut Street Bridge sits parallel and north of the Market Street bridge. The section beginning at City Island and running along Front Street is wheelchair-accessible.

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About 60% of the originally designed parkway was constructed according to the primary plan. When CAGA (Capital Area Greenbelt Association) reclaimed the trail, unfinished sections in South Harrisburg were first constructed by volunteers as a dirt trail. Other portions were constructed using grass and woodchips, but have recently been converted to a surface of crushed limestone. The Greenbelt has several bridges over creeks and streams.

Segments of the greenbelt have now been converted to a crushed limestone surface or paved. Where necessary, the greenbelt uses signed road routes to connect the trail sections. Volunteers have focused on the park and open space components of the greenbelt and created the Five Senses Garden, a popular waypoint along the trail.

Connected to the greenbelt is the Walnut Street Bridge (also called People's Bridge), a restored iron trestle bridge that takes you from City Island to the riverfront walkway along Front Street in Harrisburg.

Many amenities are available on and just off the trail. Restroom facilities are available in many locations just off the trail at local businesses and restaurants. Picnic areas are available at many parks along the trail including the Five Senses Garden and the Wildwood Lake Sanctuary. There are approximately ten kiosks located throughout the trail that provide users with current and historical information. Water fountains are located along the riverfront area. Garbage is generally "carry-in, carry-out," however there are limited receptacles along the trail. Most of the trail has mile markers.

The trail is supported by the Capital Area Greenbelt Association (CAGA).


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34.385 km / 21.366 mi

Total Distance

241 m / 789 ft

Total Ascent

241 m / 790 ft

Total Descent

168 m / 550 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage: Poor
Estimated Distance: 20.0
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Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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