The Mahoning Shadow Trail has a flat surface that is easy for biking, running and walking. There is little signage on the trail, but each trailhead and access point is well marked.
Begin at the Fordham Trailhead. The trail parallels Mahoning Creek for several miles then winds through the town of Punxsutawney. The trail surface is mostly crushed stone, dirt and on-street riding in Punxsutawney.
In Punxsutawney the trail is on-road for about 0.5 mile to a skateboard park and baseball field at the end of Elk Street on the east side of town. From here, the trail winds through a thick wooded area to the small village of Cloe, then on to Winslow where the trail ends. (From the skateboard park to the Winslow Trailhead, there is a slight uphill grade).
When you are in Punxsutawney, stroll through the town square, get a quick bite to eat or enjoy one of the town's many outdoor festivals.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the Fordham trailhead from downtown Punxsutawney, take Route 119 South. Follow Route 210 South as it turns right. Stay straight on Valier Road, or State Route 4025. Drive 0.8 mile and make a right at Center Street in Valier. Go 0.3 mile. A trail parking area will be on your right.
To reach the Winslow trailhead from downtown Punxsutawney, take Route 36 South for about 5 miles. Make a right on Winslow Road, toward Johnsonburg, then travel 0.6 mile on Winslow Road. Trail parking is on the right side of Winslow Road.
This is one of the nicest Rails to Trails I've been on. The surface is well maintained and the entire area is scenic.
pa trail biker
I discovered the trail through the reviews here, and located it on Google's Bicycling map feature. It's a good thing I read the reviews here and looked at where the trail started and how it navigated through Punxsutawney before I rode on it with my bike. ...
Very nice, some caveats
My wife and I rode the full length of this trail, round trip, in May 2012. We very much enjoyed the ride. This is a very nice trail. Good, varied scenery. Good surface. Well maintained. You do not need knobby tires. We have 35mm and 1.5 inch tires and ...