York County Heritage Rail Trail is impassable and closed for unsafe conditions, with downed trees and limbs dangling over the path, according to county officials.

County parks director Tammy Klunk said an inspection of the trail from York to the Maryland line showed it would be "frustrating and unsafe" for anyone attempting to use it. The parks department announced Friday the path is closed, all 21 miles, until further notice.

Klunk said it's clear based on tracks that some people had been using the snow-covered, "ice-crusted" surface to walk and ski, but there are limbs that could fall on passers-by and "the main frustration is you're just not going to be able to get by" because of the fallen trees.

Fallen trees cover parts of the York County Heritage Rail Trail.
Fallen trees cover parts of the York County Heritage Rail Trail. (Randy Flaum)

Crews are going to start clearing the trees on sections of the trail on Monday, but Klunk said it "could be weeks" until they're finished.

The county parks system will be updating the public on progress via its website and social media accounts, she said.