The Bells Gap Rail-Trail is really two trails in one-a flat 2.1-mile southern section with smooth crushed limestone surface, and a rougher, more difficult northern section best-suited for mountain bike enthusiasts or hikers seeking a challenge. Horseback riding is permitted on the grass edge of the trail.
The southern 2.1 miles of the trail consist of fresh crushed limestone surface. There are several covered benches on which to rest and enjoy the scenery. After the first 2.1 miles, the trail abruptly changes to an unimproved game lands trail that consists of dirt, ballast, and grass. The trail ends at Route 865 in Lloydsville; there is no trailhead or parking here.
Parking and Trail Access
To Bellwood trailhead: From I-99, take exit 41 onto 865 toward Bellwood. Continue north on 865 for approximately 2.5 mils though Bellwood to Igou Road. Turn right on Igou Road; parking at the trailhead is immediately to the left. There is a small sign on 865 for the Bells Gap Trail at the intersection with Igou.
The southern 2.1 miles of this trail is wheelchair accessible.
Bells Gap Rail Trail
Finally got another one of those Pennsylvania Railroad tower name origins here... "BELL", for, not only BELLWOOD, but for the BELLS GAP RAILROAD junction here, which was right at the PRR station! Great photos in that "BellwoodAntis" website! You get two ...
beautiful trail with great vistas
Rode the trail for the first time today on horseback - very enjoyable, nice grassy footing along the sides, with interesting historical markers. Gamelands part has gorgeous vistas of Allegheny Front, and even has some curves.
Directions to parking could ...
Very nice trail, nice woods and views
This is a very nice trail, with a 3.5% grade going uphill traveling north. I rode my mountain bike on it this afternoon and really enjoyed the scenery and the beautiful woods. The first two miles are a very smooth cinder trail, the next 3 miles were a ...