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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

5.8 mi
State: NY, PA
Crushed Stone

East Branch Trail (PA)

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Ernst Bike Trail

7.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Greater Jamestown Riverwalk

5.1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

McClintock Trail

9.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Oil Creek State Park Trail

9.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Queen City Trail

1.5 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-mile trail runs through the beautiful Brokenstraw Valley, passing small streams, a tamarack swamp, deciduous woods and...
NY, PA 5.8 mi Crushed Stone
The East Branch Trail is a rare dual-lane rail-trail. The 8-foot asphalt lane serves walkers, bicyclists, in-line skaters, and people in wheelchairs. Horses, specifically horses pulling Amish buggies...
PA 3 mi Asphalt
Starting in Meadville, known as the home of the zipper, the 7.2-mile Ernst Trail closes the gap between the city and surrounding forests and farms for visitors. The trail is named for Calvin Ernst,...
PA 7.2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Greater Jamestown Riverwalk offers a 5-mile route through the southwestern New York community of Jamestown. The route includes a mixture of off-road trail, sidewalks (such as along Steele Street),...
NY 5.1 mi Asphalt
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
The 13.4-mile Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail loops around the picturesque Presque Isle State Park, a peninsula in Lake Erie. Considered Pennsylvania’s only seashore, the 3,200-acre...
PA 13.4 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
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 9.7 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
Running 1.5 miles, the Queen City Trail serves as a community connector for the small city of Titusville, where the American oil industry began in 1859. The trail provides a short, paved connection...
PA 1.5 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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Recent Trail Reviews

Western Reserve Greenway

Great Trail

October, 2020 by eric.janssen.315

We rode 30 miles of this trail in the last month. Trail was awesome. Was surprised that there were NO restroom facilities on the Trumbull County section of the trail. Each trailhead in Ashtabula County had a Port-o-let. I did not like the 16 speed bumps on the trail just south of the Oakfield trailhead. We rode the trail south into Rock Creek, but when we started taking the road section around the missing link, vehicles were speeding past us. We decided to turn around and go back to the north. Overall I give the trail the 5 star rating.

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Fall Foliage Ride

October, 2020 by vicki1960

Thursday, October 15, 2020: Fall foliage is peak in Mercer County. It came early this year and is absolutely beautiful.
Enjoyable ride around the lake on the trail. Some areas were very coveredd with leaves other areas the wind had blown the leaves off into the woods.
Trail is mostly through wooded area.

Corry Junction Greenway Trail

Fall bike ride

September, 2020 by indianajonesnutmom_tl

This is a great trail to enjoy a peaceful leisurely bike or horseback ride for a few hours. The scenery is beautiful. The trail is mostly shaded. The trail is grass covered in spots. There were very few people. There are several gated stops along the way which makes the trail harder for horseback riding. Fun ride.

Accordion

Western Reserve Greenway

Nice, flat and scenic trail

September, 2020 by bpatch

We completed another 10 miles of this trail. Beautiful day! This time we started at the trailhead in Orwell. Love this trail. Very well maintained throughout. Mostly flat, however, this is one of those trails that you will pedal no matter which direction you head but nothing intense. Just a great ride.

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Great trail

September, 2020 by bpatch

We have done this trail many times over the years. We love that it is a challenging loop trail. Many rolling hills and a few steep ones too. Shady for the most part depending on the time of the year. Trail well maintained.

Pymatuning State Park Spillway Trail

Short but sweet

September, 2020 by bpatch

Trail could certainly use some help. Mostly grass with some sections where there is a little gravel. Very bumpy. We started at the Spillway which for the most part is dead center of the trail. Nothing is marked as to beginning or end; just kind of stops at both ends. If you're looking for short and flat, but rough, this is the trail for you.

Western Reserve Greenway

Team Dash is a husky and wheelchair team. The Rails to Trails greenway has been the best by far for Team Dash to get in some miles. Today we did 7 miles. Love it x 100

September, 2020 by huffy9718

Team Dash is a husky and wheelchair team. The Rails to Trails greenway has been the best by far for Team Dash to get in some miles. Today we did 7 miles. Love it x 100

Queen City Trail

Great addition to Oil Creek State Park Trail

September, 2020 by vicki1960

In addition to the nearly 10 miles of the Oil Creek State Park Trail, you can access this trail for a safe way to get to Titusville. Nice paved trail.

Oil Creek State Park Trail

Always a great ride!

September, 2020 by vicki1960

Enjoy this trail very much traveling through the State Park. Plenty of shade and a very quiet ride.
We parked in Petroleum Center (or Centre...take your pick). There is a lot at the Park Office .Rest rooms and picnic shelters nearby.
Traveled North on the trail to the Titusville end at Drake Well. Saw some deer from a distance.
Once at the North end of the trail we crossed the road to access Queen City Trail for a few additional miles.
In Titusville there are places to eat and purchase water if you need.
You can also bike over to nearby Drake Well park. It's open, seasonal.

Western Reserve Greenway

Metric Century Ride - August, 2020

September, 2020 by vicki1960

Nice long paved trail makes it great if you want to tackle a Metric Century Ride. We got in 63 miles.
Parked in Orwell and biked South to Champion and continued until it connects with the Garrett Wonders Trail. Took that into Warren.
In Warren we were able to get water at a BP Station a block off the trail.
Biked back to Orwell and had lunch at the Mexican restaurant steps away from the trail. They are very accommodating to cyclists, and we also met other cyclists having lunch as well.
After lunch headed North towards Rock Creek then back to Orwell where our cars were parked.
Trail is mostly rural except near Champion and farther South (Warren area).
There are no restrooms along the trail and/or places to get water. So do some research ahead of time. I suggest parking in the middle and this way when you pass by your car you can refill water bottles and stop for snacks from your car .
Trail is flat at fast asphalt in very good condition.

Western Reserve Greenway

Beautiful, but flat trail

August, 2020 by lvjohn

This trail is simply one of the finest trails I've found in the Ohio region. I've ridden it end to end three times. Each time I discover a somewhat improved version! The pavement of the permanent trail detour near Rock Creek onto the CO-19 is the most significant one and the extension into Warren the next. For those who want to ride without hills, this is the place to come. There is a cost however. The rider is constantly pedaling with the same leg muscles and is constantly pedaling! The scenery along the route is terrific with lots of green "tunnels" to ride through. I give a slight nod to the area north of the I-90 tunnel for it's scenery, maintenance, and variety until the trail enters into the Ashtabula city limits. The northern terminus is very abrupt onto a city street, railroad tracks and a mini-park to take a break at.
Some things to consider for this ride. Bring lots of water. There are no drinking fountains or commercial locations to get water. There are hardly any restrooms along the way. Orwell seems to have a port-a-potty that easily accessible. There are no restaurants or vending machines near the trail, so bring your own nourishment if you are riding the entire trail. There are a few places to eat in Orwell, but one must bike to them.

Western Reserve Greenway

great for an easier ride

August, 2020 by mary.keffer

Paved the whole way and fairly flat. Good for kids and slower cyclists too.

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