The Clarion Highlands Trail is one of the highest rail-trails in the Commonwealth. It traverses the Allegheny Plateau, passing over the divide between the Clarion and Allegheny Rivers, and follows the Old Clarion Secondary Rail Corridor. Its highest point, at Phipps Cemetery near Elmo, is 1,472 feet above sea level.
The trail corridor itself varies from 40 to 200 feet wide. All non-motorized uses are permitted on the eastern five miles of trail, while horseback riding is prohibited on the western mile of trail. A number of bridges over township roads have been removed. In these places, the rail bed has been graded back to a dangerous 2:1 slope, so care must be taken going up and down. At Phipps Cemetery the railbed has been filled in where an overhead bridge was removed.
Parking and Trail Access
To Station Road trailhead: From I-80E, take exit 53 towards Knox and merge unto SR3007. Turn right at PA-338/Route 338 and follow PA-338 for 3.2 miles. Turn right at PA-208/E State St and follow PA-208 for another 3.8 miles and turn left at Main St,/PA-208/Route 322 for just under a mile. Turn right on Route 419/Black Rd. and then take an immediate right on Station Rd./T406 to the trailhead.
There is no suitable area for parking at Kline Road, the trail's western terminus.
Clarion Highlands Trail
Rode the majority of this trail on 8/22/11 first riding the Sandycreek trail from east to west. The western entrance of the Clarion Highlands trail has no markings. The entrance is about 200 yards up the hill and across the road from the marked western ...