Allegheny River Trail

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With a wide, paved pathway and adjacent equestrian trail running through lush woodland and riverside terrain, the Allegheny River Trail (ART) has something to offer every trail enthusiast. Following a segment of the Allegheny River that is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the 32-mile trail extends south from the Samuel Justus Recreation Trail in Franklin, to a point south of where the Allegheny and Clarion rivers meet just south of Foxburg and north of Parker.

The Scrubgrass Generating Company acquired the rail corridor after the Allegheny Valley Railroad stopped using it in 1984. Scrubgrass Generating donated the property to the nonprofit Allegheny Valley Trails Association, which is building an extensive rail-trail system in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The trailhead begins 5 miles downriver from the Franklin Belmar railroad bridge. Built in 1907 the picturesque bridge offers a spectacular view of the river and wildlife. At the Belmar bridge, the trail connects with the 8-mile, paved Sandy Creek Trail, which runs east to the village of Van. Eventually, it will connect with the Clarion Highlands Trail to offer 46 miles of trail.

The Allegheny River Trail is also one of several trails that make up the growing Erie to Pittsburgh Trail in western Pennsylvania. One day, the trail network will extend from Lake Erie to the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers in Pittsburgh.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Franklin trailhead (on the north end of the trail), take Route 8 North to its junction with US 322. Take US 322, which becomes 8th Street in Franklin and crosses the Allegheny River. The trailhead parking lot is on the right. The lot sign says "Samuel Justus Trail," which is the rail-trail going north from Franklin. The Allegheny River Trail goes south from the lot.

To reach the Belmar trailhead for both the Allegheny River and Sandy Creek trails, take Route 8 South from Franklin. Continue 3 miles, turn left on Pone Lane and pass Sandy Creek High School. Continue to Belmar Road. Turn right on Belmar and follow the road to the trailhead parking lot at the river.

Farther south, there are four additional trailheads in the communities along the trail (from north to south): Brandon, Rockland Station, Emlenton, and Foxburg. Please visit the Allegheny Valley Trails Association for the specific facilities available at each trailhead.

 

Reviews

Franklin to Kennerdell Tunnel

   July, 2015 by ajw

Parked at the large lot south of Franklin. Was planning on connecting with the Sandy Creek trail, but as others have posted, for now there is only a steep stairway connecting the two (see pic). Don't try going on the path past the stairway - it leads ...read more

Nice, as always!

   July, 2015 by vicki1960

Friday, the day before the 4th of July, my cousin and I rode from Emlenton to past Kennerdell. We went through the Rockland Tunnel and exited the trail on the other side. Pushed our bikes up the road (Rockland Station Road) to Freedom Falls and the old ...read more

Great Ride !

   June, 2015 by debu27

Started out at the trail head in Emlenton and rode to Franklin. Had lunch, and made the return loop back to Emlenton. This is a beautiful trail. There is one detour that takes you around some private property that is a little challenging, course gravel ...read more