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

Seems to be our "Go To" Trail

   October, 2014 by mikeandvic

As always, another great ride on this trail! Due to it's length and also the connecting trails, we seem to frequent this one the most. Rode early September. Parked at Belmar and crossed the Belmar Bridge overlooking the Allegheny River. The Belmar ...read more

Beautiful!

   October, 2014 by pghbigdog

Did an out and back from Emlenton. Views were spectacular. The trail itself is an easy ride, outside of the section that is unpaved...which was a little sketchy. The two tunnels are definitely a highlight, next time will get better lights :) Overall ...read more

As always, a great ride

   August, 2014 by mikeandvic

4th of July we just rode between the tunnels. Parked near Rockland and biked to and through the Kennerdell tunnels. 6 miles in between tunnels. Nice day, nice ride. Level paved trail. Apparently there had been a recent storm and some trees were on the ...read more