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Allegheny River Trail

29.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Armstrong Trails

44.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Blairsville Riverfront Trail

1.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Butler-Freeport Community Trail

19.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Cowanshannock Trail

1.27 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Ghost Town Trail

51 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Great Allegheny Passage

153.22 mi
State: MD, PA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Knox & Kane Rail Trail

47.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail

12.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Little Crabtree Creek Trail

1.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Mahoning Shadow Trail

15 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

MetroParks Bikeway

10.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Montour Trail

55.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Moraine State Park Bike Trail

7.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Niles Greenway

4.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Oil City Trail

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Oil Creek State Park Trail

9.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt
Accordion

Panhandle Trail

29 mi
State: PA, WV
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Rail 66 Country Trail

20.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Redbank Valley Rail Trail

50.8 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Roaring Run Trail

4.8 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Rock Furnace Trail

1.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Samuel Justus Recreation Trail

6.98 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Sandy Creek Trail (PA)

12 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Shenango Trail

7.8 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

26.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Trout Island Trail

2.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

West Penn Trail

15 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Westmoreland Heritage Trail

21 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Apollo's Kiski Riverfront Trail

1.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Arboretum Trail

0.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt

Beaver River Trail

1.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Five Star Trail

7.8 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Hoodlebug Trail

11.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Gravel

McClintock Trail

9.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Montour Trail - Airport Connector

6.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

North Hills Harmony Trail

0.6 mi
State: PA
Gravel

Stavich Bicycle Trail

9.9 mi
State: OH, PA
Asphalt

Tredway Trail

5.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Clarion Highlands

12.6 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Washington's Landing Trail

2.1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Clearview Park Trail

0.76 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Woodchips

Great Shamokin Path

3.6 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Clymer Trail

0.25 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

McKeesport-Versailles Loop Trail

1.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview The Allegheny River Trail runs on asphalt between Franklin and Emlenton for 27.5 miles and on an isolated section between Foxburg and Parker for 2.5 miles.  About the Route Keep your...
PA 29.6 mi Asphalt
Closure notice: The 0.5-mile Brady Tunnel remains closed while under construction, disconnecting the northern 4.5 miles from the lower 39.2 miles. No bypass is available. The trail section from...
PA 44.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Blairsville Riverfront Trail is a scenic woodland trail located along the Conemaugh River. The property the trail was built on is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who maintain a...
PA 1.7 mi Asphalt
Overview Located about 30 minutes northeast of Pittsburgh, the Butler-Freeport Community Trail is nestled in the scenic wooded valley that follows Little Buffalo Creek to Buffalo Creek and on to...
PA 19.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The short but scenic Cowanshannock Trail is a great pathway for hikers, walkers, and bikers to use to link to the larger Armstrong Trail. The Cowanshannock is 1.27 miles long, and plans are to extend...
PA 1.27 mi Crushed Stone
Part of a larger system in Western Pennsylvania known as the Trans Allegheny Trails, the Ghost Town Trail was named for the long-abandoned towns strung along the tracks of the Ebensburg & Black Lick...
PA 51 mi Crushed Stone
Notice: There are a couple detours along the long GAP route. At mile 22, Big Savage Tunnel is closed for the winter. At mile 148, there is a detour around Monongahela Wharf, and there is a 0.75-mile...
MD, PA 153.22 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The 11.7-mile John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail is a centerpiece of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, which spans 2,856 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. The mostly shaded, paved, off-road trail...
PA 11.7 mi Asphalt
Winding through the fields and forests of northern Pennsylvania, the Knox & Kane Rail Trail follows a former railroad corridor. Spanning four counties (Clarion, Elk, Forest & McKean), the Knox & Kane...
PA 47.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
To the residents of Latrobe, the Lincoln Avenue Rails to Trails Greenway is more than a simple off-road path: it also a social asset, a place where community members of all ages and walks of life can...
PA 1.5 mi Asphalt
Overview The Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail runs for 12.6 miles through the rolling hills of eastern Ohio. About the Route Mile marker 0 for the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail can be...
OH 12.6 mi Asphalt
Less than an hour from Pittsburgh, the Little Crabtree Creek travels for just over a mile in Unity Township, east of Greensburg. This first phase of the trail opened in July 2014; a future phase will...
PA 1.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, Mahoning Shadow Trail users expect six more weeks of winter before spring arrives. The 15-mile Central Pennsylvania trail passes through the...
PA 15 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The nearly 11-mile MetroParks Bikeway provides a scenic and well-designed link to communities and natural sites in this northeast region of Ohio. The rail-trail follows a corridor between Canfield and...
OH 10.6 mi Asphalt
Overview The 55.9-mile Montour Trail forms a semicircle around Greater Pittsburgh and hosts one of the longest suburban rail trails in the United States, featuring a selection of bridges, trestles,...
PA 55.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Moraine State Park features a paved multiuse trail, which runs along the north shore of Lake Arthur for 7.3 miles. Along the way, you'll enjoy beautiful scenery, especially during the fall as trees...
PA 7.3 mi Asphalt
The Niles Greenway is a paved, multi-use path running north–south between the county line on the south and the town of Niles. The pleasant trail passes through a mix of wooded areas, scattered light...
OH 4.5 mi Asphalt
The Oil City Trail connects the Samuel Justus Recreation Trail and the McClintock Trail through the center of Oil City, Pennsylvania.  The 2-mile walking and biking pathway runs along the Allegheny...
PA 3 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
It’s hard to believe that the world’s first oil boom occurred along the path of what’s now the Oil Creek State Park Trail. The park’s forests, beaver ponds, and trout streams were once the site of oil...
PA 9.5 mi Asphalt
Accordion
Overview The Panhandle Trail offers a direct 29-mile journey between the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Although the trail follows an old railroad...
PA, WV 29 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Paralleling PA-66, the Rail 66 Country Trail runs between Marianne in Clarion County and the county line with Forest County. This paved, multiuse rail-trail lies on the historic Knox-Kane railroad bed...
PA 20.1 mi Asphalt
Overview The Redbank Valley Rail Trail carries trail users along the forested banks of Redbank Creek for nearly 51 miles to the Allegheny River and along a 9-mile perpendicular spur to...
PA 50.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
Evidence of the Roaring Run Trail’s past lives are readily visible all along the 4.8-mile corridor in western Pennsylvania. Stone remains in the Kiskiminetas River (Kiski for short) mark the site of a...
PA 4.8 mi Crushed Stone
The 1.5-mile Rock Furnace Trail is a scenic path in Roaring Run Recreation Area. The trail follows Roaring Run Creek from its confluence at the Kiski River to a small parking area off Brownstown Road....
PA 1.5 mi Asphalt
Oil flows through the veins of the Samuel Justus Recreation Trail. Its northern departure point is Oil City, which was founded during the 1860s oil boom and became the headquarters for several...
PA 6.98 mi Asphalt
You’ll want to pack water, food, and flashlights to travel the Sandy Creek Trail, as it crosses 12 miles of remote, but scenic, countryside in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Named for separate Sandy...
PA 12 mi Asphalt
Closure Notice: As of September 2023, the pedestrian/equestrian bridge near the intersection of Hamburg Road and Stamm Road is closed by order of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh...
PA 7.8 mi Dirt
Closure Notice: There are several closure notices in effect for the Three Rivers Trail. The Three Sisters Bridge Pier is indefinitely closed to due construction beginning March 2023. Finally, there is...
PA 26.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Trout Island Trail is planned to be a 13-mile rail-trail along the former Erie and Pittsburgh Railroad. Currently, 2.4 miles are open and fully paved in Sharpsville, following the Shenango River...
PA 2.4 mi Asphalt
The West Penn Trail is named for a branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad that paralleled the Western Division Canal of the cross-state Main Line of Public Works from Lockport to Freeport and then to...
PA 15 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
The 21-mile Westmoreland Heritage Trail, a family-friendly multiuse rail-trail, offers opportunities for recreation and connections to nature along its two separated segments between Saltsburg and...
PA 21 mi Crushed Stone
Apollo's Kiski Riverfront Trail, built on the former M-Line Railroad bed, begins in downtown Apollo and follows the scenic Kiskiminetas River (called "Kiski" locally) to North Apollo. The nearly level...
PA 1.5 mi Crushed Stone
One of Pennsylvania's rail-with-trails, where trains and trail users share a corridor, the Arboretum Trail is a lovely landscaped trail through downtown Oakmont. The rail corridor has a dramatic...
PA 0.8 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt
Following the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad in downtown Beaver Falls, this asphalt rail-trail runs through a park setting as it parallels the Beaver River along the northeast edge of...
PA 1.7 mi Asphalt
The stars in the Big Dipper and Little Dipper help navigators locate the North Star. Following the five stars in the Five Star Trail—the municipalities of Hempfield Township, Youngwood, South...
PA 7.8 mi Crushed Stone
If you have a tendency to tootle along when you walk or bicycle, then consider taking the Hoodlebug Trail. You’ll find many diversions in and around the college campus in the borough of Indiana and...
PA 11.8 mi Asphalt, Gravel
As it winds along Oil Creek, McClintock Trail connects Oil Creek State Park with Oil City. Note that much of the route is on-road. Just south of the park, a 1.8-mile section on Waitz Road, a dirt...
PA 9.4 mi Asphalt
The Airport Connector is a spur off the impressive Montour Trail that circles the western outskirts of Pittsburgh. The paved pathway begins just off the extended-term parking lot on the western end of...
PA 6.5 mi Asphalt
The Harmony Trail in the North Hills is a work in progress, managed by volunteers with the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy. So far, about 0.6 mile of a proposed 4.3 miles of abandoned rail corridor...
PA 0.6 mi Gravel
Overview The Stavich Bicycle Trail runs from the Youngstown suburb of Struthers to the outskirts of New Castle, Pennsylvania. Running through the Mahoning River Valley, the route follows a rolling...
OH, PA 9.9 mi Asphalt
The Tredway Trail's full name is the Wynn and Clara Tredway River Trail, a 9-mile multiuse rail-trail on the eastern side of the Allegheny River just north of New Kensington. The trail is included in...
PA 5.5 mi Crushed Stone
Overview 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...
PA 12.6 mi Dirt, Gravel
Washington's Landing, a 42-acre island in the Allegheny River, is now home to a thriving mixed-use community after a successful brownfield reclamation. The Washington's Landing Trail forms almost a...
PA 2.1 mi Crushed Stone
A short, but sweet, unassuming trail which runs on former trolley right-of-way while flanked by Clearview Avenue above and Crafton Boulevard below. Provides a traffic-free alternative to busy Crafton...
PA 0.76 mi Crushed Stone, Woodchips
Overview  The Great Shamokin Path runs for 3.6 miles between Yatesboro and Numine. The mixed-terrain path parallels Cowanshannock Creek in its entirety.  About the Route  The western end of...
PA 3.6 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Clymer Trail offers a short, but pleasant route along a wooded hillside on Clymer Borough's west end. The rail-trail follows the former Sample Run Mine Branch of the Cherry Tree & Dixonville Railroad....
PA 0.25 mi Asphalt
The Loop Trail provides an alternate route to the Great Allegheny Passage between Boston and McKeesport. The route separates from the Great Allegheny Passage at Boston, crosses the Boston Bridge over...
PA 1.6 mi Asphalt, Dirt

Recent Trail Reviews

Allegheny River Trail

Wonderful trail with a few caveats

July, 2024 by vdeal

This past Friday my buddy and I rode the entire Allegheny River Trail from Emlenton to Franklin and back - 54.4 miles. It was a great ride. The entire trail (with one exception) is paved and along the free-flowing Allegheny River the entire time. The river was a delight to view. The two tunnels on the trail are fantastic - large and long (6th and 9th longest bike tunnels in the country). The pavement through them has raised reflectors that your lights will light up and they are nice and cool on a hot day. I would say that about the southern two-thirds of the trail is well shaded but the northern section is more open and sunny.

The caveats with this trail are two. First, the root/frost heaves. This is basically a problem with the southern portion of the trail. Leaving from Emlenton they aren't too bad - lower and more rolling than sharp. After Rockland tunnel they are worse. We found that the east side of the trail was better for riding than the west side. After Kennerdell tunnel they lessened and eventually were mostly non-existent. We've had experience with heaves so nothing we haven't experienced before but it would be nice if they were ground down. The second caveat is the dirt/gravel road section. Coming from the south you immediately hit a climb so be prepared to gear down. This section is rough. It's a mix of dirt, gravel and embedded rocks. Fortunately, it's pretty short.

I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and would highly recommend it. If you're inclined after the ride, be sure to visit the Emlenton Brew Haus about a block from the beginning of the trail

Allegheny River Trail

Great trail with great views and two tunnels but includes numerous raised and buckled sections.

July, 2024 by tom2p

Started in Emlenton and rode through the Rockland and Kennerdell tunnels to the gravel connector just past mile marker 110. Approximate 26 mile round trip. Quality light recommended for the tunnels. The trail surface is raised and buckled in a number of areas especially near the Emlenton end and detracts from what would otherwise be an outstanding ride.

Also took the gravel road near the northern entrance of the Rockland tunnel approximately up one half mile to the Rockland Furnace and Freedom Falls waterfall. The gravel road is a significant climb and the return descent can be challenging (caution required on bike - or walk) but the waterfall alone is worth the effort.

Redbank Valley Rail Trail

First trail completed

July, 2024 by gelmpl123

Loved this trail. The metal statues are such a nice addition and good reason to take a brief rest. Plenty of places for a picnic. Trails are well maintained. Great views throughout the trail. Historical information provided is interesting. Will definitely do this trail again.

Accordion

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Beautiful Bike Trail

July, 2024 by seicats

Enchanting with beautiful scenery and lots of shade.

Rail 66 Country Trail

excellent!

June, 2024 by blarnold

Great trail! Ate lunch at The Sawmill in Leeper and then enjoyed a pint at Lost In the Wilds. Very fun!

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail

great ride

June, 2024 by blarnold

We went from the trail head in Lisbon up to Washingtonville, OH. Had lunch at Fat Ted’s and biked back. Around 25 miles total. Trail was really well kept and well marked!

Allegheny River Trail

Franklin end not shaded

June, 2024 by vicki1960

We biked from Franklin, mile 0, South to Brandon at mile 10.5 and back. The first 8 miles traveling South are out in the open and not shaded.

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Summer Shade

June, 2024 by vicki1960

June, 2024 ride....enjoy the shade! Most of the nearly 12 mile loop around Lake Wilhelm is very well shaded. A great trail for hot sunny summer months!

Panhandle Trail

Beautifully Boring

June, 2024 by wj.larkin123

Been at least 3 yrs since I did this trail, probably longer. Took off at Walkers Mill Rd lot and headed west. The part in Allegheny County is crushed limestone, quite decent shape (been very dry here lately), not many ridges, or bumps or washouts. The only unpleasant portion has a mix of old asphalt and gravel, that was quite bumpy for less than a full mile.

Once you reach Washington county, the trail turns to smooth asphalt and is great! Very beautiful, quiet, not very crowded (saw maybe 20 users over 2 hrs). Wildflowers of purple and yellow all along the trail in full bloom. Got close to a doe who was eating trailside and not scared by our presence.

Turned around after 12.5 miles, somewhere past Midway and near Bulger. Mostly downhill on way back so that is nice!

Armstrong Trails

A pleasant ride with historic artifacts

June, 2024 by bruceamiller@comcast.net

A friend and I rode the Armstrong Trail out and back from East Brady to Kittanning in June 2024. Temperatures were in the 90s with some humidity. Fortunately a fair amount of the trail had full or partial shade, even in the middle of the day.
On this stretch the trail surface is good, mostly packed dirt with occasional small or medium stones. At the north end of Kittanning, the pavement was quite rough from tree roots in places. At times the trail narrows to a track when coming to a crossing road.
The trail mostly follows the wide Allegheny River, a change from other regional rail-trails which follow creeks or small rivers. On the trail are a magnificent coaling tower at Redbank, a railroad turntable at Phillipston, and several locks and dams.
The trail passes through several towns, and past clusters of trailers and houses used as summer/weekend retreats. Their boats and jet skis were in use on the river.

McClintock Trail

This is a road and a trail

June, 2024 by bruceamiller@comcast.net

Much of this route is road, not trail. The only trail is the first mile at the south end (Oil City) and within Oil Creek State Park. Otherwise it's road - and some of that is dirt with medium-size gravel.
A friend and I planned to ride the trail in June 2024 using 35mm tires. We turned around when we hit the gravel (tires were not wide enough to ride safely). We drove to the state park, and rode its smooth asphalt trail with partial shade. The trail is slightly uphill to Titusville, and runs along Oil Creek. The trail is just wide enough to ride 2 abreast.
Trail signage is spotty south of the park, particularly where the trail becomes paved road then dirt road with gravel.

Allegheny River Trail

June 2024 enjoy the shade!

June, 2024 by vicki1960

Emlenton end of the trail, enjoy the shade! Parked in Emlenton at mile marker 27.5 (27.5 miles South of Franklin). Biked North to mile marker 13.5 at Kent South or Sunnyslope (take your pick what you call it) which is a 14 mile ride on this section. Very well shaded for most of it. Has 2 tunnels, each several thousand feet in length, bring a light. At Kent South there is a short section of gravel road through Sunnyslope to reconnect to the trail. From Emlenton traveling North you may experience some sections of the trail which are lifted from tree roots but it's not the entire length. Enjoy the ride this summer and soak up the shade, leave the sunscreen at home!

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