Meadville, PA Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Allegheny River Trail

29.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

East Branch Trail (PA)

7.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Ernst Trail

12 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Knox & Kane Rail Trail

47.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Maple Highlands Trail

21.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Gravel

MetroParks Bikeway

10.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Moraine State Park Bike Trail

7.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Oil City Trail

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Oil Creek State Park Trail

9.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Rail 66 Country Trail

20.1 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

Western Reserve Greenway

43 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

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
Accordion

Stavich Bicycle Trail

9.9 mi
State: OH, PA
Asphalt

Clarion Highlands

12.6 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel
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
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
Overview 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...
PA 7.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel
Overview Connecting Meadville, known as the home of the zipper, and Conneaut Lake, the 12-mile Ernst Trail meanders through farms and forests. The trail is named for Calvin Ernst, who owned the...
PA 12 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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
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
Closure notice: In Middlefield, the trail is closed between Tare Creek (road) and Burton-Windsor Road for most of summer 2024. The Maple Highlands Trail totals more than 20 miles. A majority of the...
OH 21.1 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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
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 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
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
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: The Western Reserve Greenway is currently closed over Baughman Creek in between Mahan Denman Rd. and Hyde Oakfield Rd. There is no expected opening date. Trail users are asked to...
OH 43 mi Asphalt
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
Accordion
Located on the abandoned Erie and Pittsburgh branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, this short but intriguing paved trail runs through Pymatuning State Park, a large and popular two-state recreation...
PA 3.2 mi Asphalt
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
This trail is not groomed. The three loops are suitable for beginners. The trail is marked with blue diamonds. Check out the short 1.2 mile Hearts Content Interpretive Trail which offers a scenic hike...
PA 8.3 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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
The route is primitive and unimproved. The trail crosses several streams that are not bridged. The trail follows the scenic Tionesta Creek with lots of great scenery and fishing.
PA 12 mi Dirt, Grass

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.

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Beautiful Bike Trail

July, 2024 by seicats

Enchanting with beautiful scenery and lots of shade.

Accordion

Maple Highlands Trail

Courtesy

July, 2024 by greyhoundfun80

Beautiful ride
Rather than announcing on your left, just say passing. People start moving left and right and get confused about their left and right. I end up saying "your other left"

Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail

A beautiful State Park bike trail

June, 2024 by vicki1960

Presque Isle State Park is a beautiful park located in Erie PA at Lake Erie. Paved trail loop within the park. Some of the trail is share the road which isn't all that bad. The vehicle speed limit is 25mph and the park rangers and PSP do patrol it. At the Coast Guard station there is a lighthouse on the pier, which they are rehabbing the pier this summer. There is another lighthouse in the park, Presque Isle Light, which is open for visiting and climbing and staffed by volunteers, seasonal. The park also offers hiking trails and kayaking, as well as boating, beaches, fishing and picnic grounds. Many restrooms and parking lots along the trail. So much to see and do here and of course enjoy the paved bike path. We visited on a weekday due to sometimes the park is crowded on weekends. As always, PA state parks are free to enter.

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!

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!

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!

Allegheny River Trail

Allegheny River Trail

June, 2024 by 1999e36m3

Extremely bumpy from roots under the blacktop

Pymatuning State Park Spillway Trail

June 2024 Ride

June, 2024 by vicki1960

Parked at the Spillway, at mile marker 1. Stopped and fed the ducks and fish. At the Spillway, there is a snack shack and public restrooms available. The trail is approx 3.5 miles in length. We went up to Linesville and back and down to mile 0 at Fries Road. If you're looking for more miles, can take Fries Road (low traffic road) to Tuttle Point where there is a beach and restrooms as well as campground newly renovated after have been closed since 2009. Can also follow Lake Road into Espyville. Beautiful area to ride. We got in a total of 23 miles between the trail ride and back roads near the trail . This trail runs through Pymatuning State Park.

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