Mar 15

Ephrata Skate Park

Posted on March 15, 2023 at 12:28 PM by Ephrata Borough

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The Ephrata Skate Park provides residents an extensive array of skating facilities perfect for learning the basics of skating or pushing your skills to the limit. Whether you’re just getting started or you know a thing or two about skating, here you’ll find a chance to shine.

The Ephrata Skate Park is in the Ephrata Community Center on Old Mill Road. The skate park has an extensive array of skating features that can help new skaters and more experienced one’s practice and develop their skills. Check out what the park offers, and head over today for your next adventure! 

Ephrata Skate Park Features

The Ephrata Skate Park is free to enter and is open to skaters and bikers of all skill levels. The skate park includes the following features: 

  • Concrete ramps for jumps
  • Staircases with rails for jumping and grinding
  • Concrete walls
  • Steel rails for grinding
  • Hills and inclines for making jumps 

The skate park is great for hanging out with friends and family. It provides a safe environment for skateboarding enthusiasts to build their skills and practice this exciting sport in a safe environment. 

Ephrata Skate Park Rules

You'll need a skateboarding permit to use the skate park's facilities. Be prepared to show your permit if it's requested of you. Once park officers ask you to leave at the end of the day, please do so and return once the facility is open again the next day.

There isn't any attendant on-site at the Ephrata Skate Park, so you'll need to place a premium on staying safe. No open bottles or containers are allowed at the skate park. 

By following the rules of the Skate Park, you can avoid dangerous accidents and make the most out of your visit.

Mar 08

Ephrata Bike Park at Heatherwood

Posted on March 8, 2023 at 10:19 AM by Ephrata Borough

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The Ephrata Bike Park at Heatherwood is now open, giving Ephrata residents more recreational opportunities than ever. Located next to the Warwick Ephrata Rail Trail (WERT), the Bike Park at Heatherwood is just a few blocks from Ephrata's downtown core. 

This spectacular mountain biking park is open to all ages and skill levels. With extensive trails for beginner and expert riders, the park offers fun and excitement for everyone. The facility can accommodate single riders, groups, families, and anyone looking for fun and excitement. 

Whether you're looking for a quick excursion or an all-day adventure, the Bike Park at Heatherwood has extensive facilities to match your needs. Discover what you can find here at this unique facility and plan your next outdoor adventure.

The Bike Park at Heatherwood Features

The Bike Park at Heatherwood has ample mountain biking facilities and fills a unique gap in the Ephrata community. At the park, you'll find the following features:

  • 1.5 miles of beginner and advanced trails for riders of all skill levels
  • Three distinct skill areas to maximize your use of the facility
  • A pump track and dirt jumps help riders catch some air
  • A balance bike track for tykes
  • Two scenic bridges perfect for easy riding

The Partnership Behind the Bike Park at Heatherwood

The Bike Park at Heatherwood was created through a partnership between several local businesses and organizations, including the following:

  • Ephrata Borough
  • Mainspring of Ephrata
  • Green Mountain Cyclery
  • St. Boniface Craft Brewing
  • Black Forest Brewing
  • Pour Man Brewing Company

Whether you're an amateur rider, a pro biker, or just looking for fresh air, check out the Bike Park at Heatherwood today!

Mar 01

The Rail Trail

Posted on March 1, 2023 at 1:39 PM by Ephrata Borough

Rail Trail (Fall)The Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail (WERT) is an incredible way to experience Ephrata's incredible natural beauty in a new way. Built from a converted right-of-way of the Reading Railroad, the WERT connects Ephrata with several nearby communities via a well-maintained trail.

 The WERT is one of Ephrata's newest recreational facilities, opening on December 31, 2018. It features extensive trail facilities that make walking or biking the 7.5-mile trail easy for individuals, groups, and families. Check it out today to have an adventure like none other! 

The Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail (WERT) Features

The WERT stretches for nearly eight miles and connects Ephrata with several nearby communities, including Ephrata Borough, Lititz Borough, Akron Borough, and Warwick Township.

The WERT begins in Lititz Borough at Broad Street and ends in Ephrata Borough at West Chestnut Street. The WERT connects the above communities along a stretch of the old Reading Railroad corridor, which forms the basis of the trail. 

Visitors can access the WERT through points spread out along its length. You'll find abundant parking and restroom facilities, covered bridges, and two new electric car charging stations along the trail. 

Activities on the WERT

The WERT is open to the public, and you can explore as much or as little of the trail as you like. 

Along the WERT, you can run, walk, or bike and enjoy the region's natural wonder. The trail is popular with people of all ages, including individuals, groups, and families. 

WERT Tips to Enjoy The Trail

Want to make the most of the Rail Trail? Here are some tips to follow to make the most of the trail:

  • Bring plenty of water.
  • Pack a few snacks, especially if you’re bringing children.
  • Know the parking areas ahead of time.
  • Take a friend with you to complete the 15-mile round trip. 

The WERT is open year-round, so start planning your adventure today!