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Bayfront Connector Trail

8.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails

28.56 mi
State: NY
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Corry Junction Greenway Trail

5.1 mi
State: NY, PA
Crushed Stone

East Branch Trail (PA)

3.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Ernst Bike Trail

6.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Greater Jamestown Riverwalk

1.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

Karl Boyes Multi-purpose Trail

13 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

McClintock Trail

9.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Oil Creek State Park Trail

9.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Queen City Trail

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Western Reserve Greenway

43 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Located on the western side of the Allegheny National Forest, this trail extends north to south, parallel to the Allegheny River from the town of Tidioute to Grove Run. The trail retains much of the...
PA 4.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass
The Bayfront Connector Trail, also known as the Bayfront Bikeway, offers a paved route across the city of Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. At its east end is the Penn State Behrend campus; from...
PA 8.9 mi Asphalt
Though mostly a continuous system of trails from Sherman north to Brocton, some segments of the Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails system go by other names (see below). All the trails are primarily grassy but...
NY 28.56 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Crossing the state line into New York near Erie, Pennsylvania, the 7.5-mile trail runs through the beautiful Brokenstraw Valley, passing small streams, a tamarack swamp, deciduous woods and...
NY, PA 5.1 mi Crushed Stone
The Pennsylvania Railroad originally built the Chautauqua Line as part of a network of rail lines that linked Corry, Titusville, Oil City, Franklin and Meadville during the boom days of the oil...
PA 3.1 mi Asphalt
Along its 6-mile path, this paved rail-trail crosses through a rich array of natural habitats, from creek bottomlands to meadow, marsh and forest. The trail is named for Calvin Ernst, who owned the...
PA 6.1 mi Asphalt
The Greater Jamestown Riverwalk trail is a 1.2 mile paved trail that runs along the Chadakoin river in Jamestown New York. The trail is recently renovated and part of a larger system of trails. The...
NY 1.2 mi Asphalt
The John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail is a centerpiece of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, which spans more than 2,000 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. The paved, off-road trail traces the...
PA 12 mi Asphalt
The 13-mile Karl Boyes Multi-purpose Trail loops through the picturesque Presque Isle State Park in the northwestern Pennsylvania community of Erie. The paved pathway begins at the park entrance and...
PA 13 mi Asphalt
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 Titusville and Petroleum Center Railroad had one major purpose when it was built in 1863: to transport oil. Oil was discovered in Oil Creek Valley in 1859 by Colonel Edward Drake and William...
PA 9.7 mi Asphalt
Located on the abandoned Erie and Pittsburgh branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, this short but intriguing trail runs through Pymatuning State Park, a large and popular two-state recreation area...
PA 2.9 mi Ballast
This 3-mile trail within the city limits of Titusville extends from the Jersey Bridge parking lot, adjacent to the Drake Well Museum, to South Martin Street in Titusville. A section of the trail at...
PA 3 mi Asphalt
The Western Reserve Greenway travels 43 miles through a scenic, mostly rural area, cutting a north–south course from Ashtabula to Warren in northeastern Ohio. The route follows much of the...
OH 43 mi Asphalt

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Karl Boyes Multi-purpose Trail

Construction Alert-Summer, 2018

July, 2018 by vicki1960

The Beach 8 construction project continues. Therefore a section of the trail remains closed. There is a well marked detour but you will be directed onto park roads. This could create a problem during peak park traffic times, so plan accordingly. Not sure when this project will be completed, but it's gonna be nice when it's done! Still a nice trail but you may have to cut your ride short. For updated park and trail information, visit Presque Isle State Parks website or contact the park office.

Karl Boyes Multi-purpose Trail

June 18 ride

June, 2018 by rpd1

First time at Presque Isle State Park. The trail is all asphalt and goes around Presque Isle. Great views of lake Erie and the city of Erie as you bike around the isle. You will see the light house and the Perry statue. We also saw many snapping turtles. The trail is 14 miles. After we did the trail once, we sat on our beach chairs at the beach to relax. We then got on our bikes and did 6 more miles. Parking is anywhere you want. Very enjoyable bike ride and easy to ride. Will do this ride again.

Western Reserve Greenway

Enjoyed the ride

June, 2018 by vicki1960

Nice flat and well maintained paved asphalt trail. Has a variety of open areas; fields. And shaded by tree areas as well.

Accordion

Oil Creek State Park Trail

Beautiful

June, 2018 by dalebro

Nice trail, shaded by huge trees .

Ernst Bike Trail

very well maintained trail. somewhat easy biking. we rode on parts of trail not yet complete. Will be really nice once completed but these areas are rideable at this point.

June, 2018 by bpatch

very well maintained trail. somewhat easy biking. we rode on parts of trail not yet complete. Will be really nice once completed but these areas are rideable at this point.

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Hidden Gem

June, 2018 by mcrad13

Excellent trail that winds up and down and through the woods, lakeside and open areas. Short steep climbs, a few sharp turns...lots of gear changes.

Western Reserve Greenway

great trail

June, 2018 by sarai87

It is a really good trail for all to use.

Oil Creek State Park Trail

Oil Creek State ParkTrail

April, 2018 by mrzahn

Rode it in the spring before the leaves were out, plan on going back. Nice level ride along Oil Creek. Rode it on the weekend and there was more people fishing than on the trail.

Western Reserve Greenway

Nice Trail but Long, Flat, and Boring

February, 2018 by orangedoug

I've ridden this trail several times. The last time was at the end of July 2017. The Western Reserve Greenway is a long, straight, flat, bike path that is easy to ride. According to TrailLink the trail is 42.8 miles long, but I don't believe that includes the mileage of the Paul E. Heltzel segment of the Greenway which connects this trail with the Garrett Wonders Bike Trail that goes through most of the city of Warren. The trail is well-maintained, and on a beautiful weekend day you will encounter numerous cyclists and pedestrians around the greenway's trailheads. The trail is long enough that it never seemed crowded. It is an enjoyable path and after having ridden it several times (This was my first end to end ride.) I would say that your best bet is to ride this trail in sections.

Here are my reasons for my previous statement. First, the area that the greenway traverses is very rural in nature. Other than Ashtabula and Warren, the two cities that anchor either end of this trail, there are not many towns or services in between. I think that a good many riders would assume that they would come across at least several small towns or crossroads where they could buy some food, or find some water, etc. I have seen several folks in previous Rails to Trails posts explain at which crossroads to turn and bike into a town for food/drink. That is all well and good, but if you are unfamiliar with the area or are someone who rides greenways and bike trails because you don't like to encounter automobile and truck traffic when riding then be warned that there really is not much along or right off this trail to service your needs. This could be a serious problem if you are riding this trail on a very hot day and run out of water. I know this from personal experience. Secondly, I personally find this trail somewhat boring. It is mile after mile of riding through a tunnel of trees or wide open farm country when it does open up. I think the fact that there are so few turns throughout the trail's length may contribute to this feeling. In addition, this does not mean that there are not some interesting spots along the trail. There is the Rock Creek Trestle, the observation deck at the Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area, the old bridge near Austinburg, and the tunnels under the freeways south of Ashtabula. However, to see all of these things one has to ride a lot of miles of very repetitive scenery.

Ernst Bike Trail

New section being added Fall, 2017

December, 2017 by vicki1960

On the Bean's trailhead end of the trail, they are building a new section. New section is approx 6/10 of a mile which runs from Beans Automotive to under Route 322 at the entrance of the Park Avenue Plaza. This section is currently dirt and gravel. Good for walking though we did see a cyclist out on it. Bean's trailhead is located at Beans Automotive, which is on Route 322 in Meadville, across from the Park Avenue plaza. Eateries nearby as well as some stores.

Ernst Bike Trail

Gravel section walk - Nov 2017

November, 2017 by vicki1960

We parked at the Bailey Road trailhead/parking and walked approx 2 miles on the gravel surface for 2 miles which almost takes you into the trailer park. Trail weaves through a cornfield passed a large pond. You will cross over Johnson Road and the trail continues to near the trailer park.

Tried biking this section. Due to it not being asphalt paved, and the gravel is relatively a few years old, it's kinda rough. But nice for a walk.

A section of this particular section is actually on the old railroad bed.
Cute thing to see on this gravel section is the fallen log that sticks out on the trail and it's painted to look like an alligator. Nice to see someone took the time to decorate it! (See photo submitted).

Gravel parking lot at Bailey Road has parking for approx 20-30 cars. Also offers a picnic shelter with tables.

Oil Creek State Park Trail

Great trail

October, 2017 by jaredallison

This is a beautiful park (Oct 17) and a great, well-maintained trail through it. The trail does have moss on it in places, so though it is paved it isn’t necessarily great for rollerblading.

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