David S. Ammerman Trail (formerly Clearfield to Grampian Trail)

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Once known as the Clearfield and Grampian Trail, in 2011, the name was changed to the David S. Ammerman Trail in memory of the man who championed turning the abandoned rail corridor into a recreational trail.

Take in scenic views of water, farmland, and forests and a vibrant history of railroad commerce and Native American life. As you walk, bike or ski this easy and smooth trail from Clearfield to Grampian, you'll enjoy the glistening waters of Kratzer Run, Anderson Creek and the Susquehanna River. The former railroad line carried tons of coal and quarried stone along the East Coast, as well as clay, which was used to make bricks in the many brickyards along the trail.

Grampian, named by Scottish settlers after the Grampian Mountains of Scotland, was also home to Quakers in the early 1800s. Clearfield, settled in the late 1700s by Revolutionary War veterans with land grants, was named for the clearings made by grazing bison. The Native Americans called this major trading center along the Susquehanna River "Chinklacamoose." The trail was part of the Great Shamokin Path used by the Lenape and Mohican tribes.

The David S. Ammerman Trail offers several opportunities for stops to enjoy the scenic beauty of the area, with picnic tables available at around 2.5 miles, 4 miles and 6.7 miles outside of Grampian. Several railroad bridges remind you of the commerce that was important to the area when the railroad was built in the late 1860s and 1870s. The first two bridges you pass are located in the borough of Curwensville about 4 miles outside of Grampian.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Clearfield Trailhead, take I-80 to Exit 120 for Clearfield. Take Route 879 South about 2.5 miles and turn right on the Spruce Street Exit. Take the first left (Chester Street), and in another 200 yards turn left. Parking is available at the trailhead.

The Grampian trailhead is one block from the stoplight at the intersection of U.S. 219 and Routes 879 and 729. A large sign on Route 729 identifies the trailhead and public parking area.


climb worth the return trip

   August, 2016 by joelkring

Rode the trail on 8/22, trail needs some maintenance but overall is in good condition. First 2 miles near Clearfield are rather urban and close to traffic. The 4 mile climb at the Grampian end is worth it for return downhill ride. Ate at Ethan's in Clearfield, ...read more

Clean, Fantastic Views, Some Traffic Noise

   November, 2015 by wanderinggypsies

This trail is for bicycle, walking and jogging. There are different grades on the trail. I found the route to Grampian had some stronger grades which is easier noticed while riding a bicycle. Great views of rivers and creeks. Often you walk along busy ...read more

Nice Fall Day

   October, 2015 by claymorrow

Parked at the trail head in Clearfield behind the True Value Store. Well marked. Trail was well maintained, ran along a river and then at the 5 mile mark it headed up hill to about 10.5 miles. Easy climb. Ride back was generally downhill for about half ...read more