The Enola Low-Grade Trail provides breathtaking views

The Enola Low-Grade Trail looks peaceful as the sun sets. JAMIE HUGHES / SNAPPER

Jamie Hughes
Associate Photography Editor

Stretching from Quarryville to Turkey Hill, the Enola Low-Grade Trail is a walking and bicycling trail with a low grade. Low-grade trails are highly forgiving due to their lack of heavy slopes, a feature left over from the trail’s past as a railway line. However, the real attractions here are the two trestle bridges that formerly served the railway but are now developed for pedestrian traffic.

These bridges are very tall and offer a stunning view of their surroundings. One is located near Martic Forge and overlooks a scene of tree-covered hills and the Pequea Creek. The other is in Safe Harbor and overlooks the Susquehanna River and the Safe Harbor hydroelectric dam. The latter bridge also crosses over the point where the Conestoga River flows into the Susquehanna.

The Enola Low-Grade Trail has multiple entry points, each with parking. If you want to visit both trestle bridges, I recommend two of the lots; the one in Safe Harbor and the other on Red Hill Road. For either option, I suggest you travel the trail by bicycle, as the bridges are roughly four miles apart. The path between the bridges is mostly wooded on each side and features tall rock walls in parts, some of which are set up to be used by rock climbers.

If you want to see the Safe Harbor bridge first, go to the parking lot in Safe Harbor. This lot is directly underneath the bridge, and you will need to climb a long set of stairs to get to the bridge deck. To get to the Martic Forge Trestle from Safe Harbor, walk or bike towards the east away from Safe Harbor. 

The other option is to come from the opposite direction and see the Martic Forge Trestle first. To do this, park instead in the Red Hill Road Trailhead lot, which is along Route 324 close to the town of Martic Forge. Now, this ride will be slightly longer, as there is about a mile between the Red Hill Road lot and the Martic Forge Trestle, making a full trip to both trestles roughly ten miles round trip from the parking lot. However, I find this to be the more satisfying trip, as it saves the best views for last.

Overall, the Enola Low-Grade Trail is a must-see for those living in or visiting Lancaster County. The trail provides a way for people to appreciate the county’s natural beauty and get some exercise at the same time. The scenic vistas from both bridges allow for a nice break from your ride, and the view at sunset from the Safe Harbor bridge is stunning, especially in autumn. My best time here was coming to the Safe Harbor Trestle on a November evening, and watching the sun set on the Susquehanna from the bridge. Now, the trail closes at dusk and is not lit, so if you intend to do this please have a safe, quick way of returning to your car!

While the distance between the bridges may seem daunting, the low grade allows bicycle riders to maintain a steady pace along the trail. For me, the miles breezed by on my bike. For students at Millersville University who drive and own a bike, this is a perfect local getaway.

For more information on the Enola Low-Grade Trail, see the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s webpage for the trail at https://susquehannagreenway.org/land-trails/enola-low-grade-rail-trail/

MU club feature: Moose Ultimate

The Moose Ultimate team poses for a photo at the High Tide tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. PHOTO COURTESY OF MILLERSVILLE MOOSE ULTIMATE

Katelyn Auty
Head Copy Editor
Social Media Editor

The Moose Ultimate club frisbee team on campus provides Millersville students with an environment to socialize, exercise, and just have fun. 

The club team, which is open to people of all experience levels, is a great place to learn or strengthen your ultimate frisbee skills. 

“If you have prior experience playing ultimate frisbee, like casual frisbee throwing with friends, or want to try something new, we would love for you to join,” says Dylan Procopio, a member of the team. 

Moose Ultimate is a good club team to join for anyone looking to make some friends or get their weekly dose of exercise. Having this environment wasn’t always easy, however. The club, according to Procopio, disbanded after COVID, and he and his friends were left to “pick up the scraps.”

“The team was small and very dedicated, but we pushed through,” Procopio shared. “I continue to come to stay active and the comradery. I do not think of myself being a sporty or competitive person but a switch does flip during tournaments.”

Emily Beichler, the Accountability Chair for the club, shared “If I hadn’t joined Moose, I never would have met almost anyone I’m friends with now. Moose is a great way to get connected with people and have fun!”

Moose Ultimate recently got the opportunity to compete in High Tide, which according to their website, is the “largest College Spring Break Ultimate Tournament in the world.” High Tide is held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina over the course of four weeks. Over 200 teams attend the tournament every year. Moose Ultimate attended week one of the tournament, participating March 3-8. There were 18 teams in their division, 11 of those teams being Division One. 

“Moose went 6-2 during the tournament, including a 2-2 record against Division 1 competition, with our only two losses of the whole tournament coming to the two teams that got 1st and 2nd,” shared Moose Event Coordinator Aidan Clark.

Millersville’s Moose Ultimate finished in third place out of 18. 

The team also has another tournament in Westfield, Massachusetts coming up. 

“It’s always a blast spending quality team-bonding time together while also playing ultimate,” Beichler shared. “It’s also the last tournament for our seniors, so some tears will probably be shed. Everyone has put in a lot of time and effort to the sport and we all love each other so much.”

Practices are typically held at Biemesderfer Stadium on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. Those interested in learning more about joining the team may sign up on Get Involved or follow their Instagram @millersvilleultimate.

Millersville University and flooding: what you need to know

Flooding in September 2021 caused by overrun from the pond in front of the Wickersham building. PHOTO COURTESY OF GREGORY BLACK

Nelson Tucker
Staff Writer

There is no end to the many ways in which excess water can cause problems, and Millersville University is not immune to those problems. Whether inconvenient or life-threatening, flooding is not something to be taken lightly. 

The director of Environmental Health and Safety, Paul Hill, is responsible for keeping the campus safe and prepared for both emergencies and disasters. He ensures that they have an up-to-date emergency operations plan, as well as exercises to maintain readiness. 

Dr. Sepideh Yalda, professor of Meteorology and Director of the university’s Center for Disaster Research Education, is involved in that process as well. She also coordinates the academic Emergency Management programs. 

According to Yalda, tropical systems can cause some of the most prolific rainfall totals. Two such events that impacted Lancaster County were Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Where the flooding manifests on campus, however, is largely shaped by topography and the effectiveness of drainage systems. This falls in the jurisdiction of Gregory Black, the director of maintenance and operations at the Facilities Management Department, which includes Campus Stormwater Management.

“We typically have a few roof leaks that are trouble spots that we are trying to repair. One of these at the Student Memorial Center (SMC) leaves a puddle on the Marauder Courts. We have a contract with a roofing company to come and take the next steps in the repair process. We have been working on this for quite a while now,” Black says. “Another location during heavy rain is the catch basin in front of the Cove at Lyle Hall. When there is heavy rain or a couple of times now when the city water main breaks in the street, water runs down George Street, turns onto Dilworth drive, and overruns that catch basin.”

Yalda says the pond in front of Wickersham is also an issue. The water overran its banks last year during Hurricane Ida and covered nearby walkways. She believes that much of the problem can be mitigated with more natural drainage and improved walkways. 

Beyond maintaining the drainage system, the Facilities Management Department has other tasks to prepare. For example, a large part of this summer was spent restoring failed water lines and cleaning out storm basins. 

Sometimes, more immediate action is necessary. 

“We have to use sandbags at the SMC entrance on the Shenks Lane side,” Black explained. “And we had to place sandbags in the past at the bottom of the access lane down to Osburn. The work we performed this summer hopefully eliminated that problem at Osburn.”

Black also noted another recent improvement. The bus stop near the Caputo building, a spot prone to pooling of water, was fixed this summer. 

Even with these efforts, overall flooding at Millersville University is a real threat that residents have to stay informed on. Yalda stated that students should follow releases from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. They should stay tuned for more information as Millersville University is currently updating its hazardous weather section, and in future will have detailed advice available to all.