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Length
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Allegheny River Trail

30 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Apollo's Kiski Riverfront Trail

1.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Arboretum Trail

0.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt

Armstrong Trail

35.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Beaver River Trail

1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Berlin Lake Trail

2.2 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Butler-Freeport Community Trail

21 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Clarion Highlands

8.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Clearview Park Trail

0.76 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Woodchips

Cowanshannock Trail

1.27 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Ernst Bike Trail

7.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Garrett Wonders Bike Trail

3.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Great Allegheny Passage

150 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

Headwaters Trail

8 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Iron Horse Trail (Alliance)

3.9 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail

12.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Mahoning Valley Trail

4.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Maple Highlands Trail

20.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Gravel
Accordion

McClintock Trail

9.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

MetroParks Bikeway

10.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Middle Branch Trail

7.7 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Montour Trail

61.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Montour Trail - Airport Connector

6.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Moraine State Park Bike Trail

6.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Newton Falls Trail

0.75 mi
State: OH
Concrete

Nickel Plate Trail (OH)

2.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Niles Greenway

4.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

North Hills Harmony Trail

1 mi
State: PA
Gravel

Oil City Trail

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Oil Creek State Park Trail

9.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Panhandle Trail

29.2 mi
State: PA, WV
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Pioneer Trail (OH)

1.3 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Portage Hike and Bike Trail

9.8 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Redbank Valley Rail Trail

51 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Samuel Justus Recreation Trail

6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Sandy Creek Trail

12 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Shenango Trail

7 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Stavich Bicycle Trail

10 mi
State: OH, PA
Asphalt

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

33 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Tredway Trail

4.3 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Trout Island Trail

2.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Vestal Trail

0.5 mi
State: PA
Grass, Gravel

Washington's Landing Trail

2.1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

West Branch Trail (OH)

4.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Western Reserve Greenway

43 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Keep your eyes open for wildlife when you visit the Allegheny River Trail. This segment of the Allegheny River—once a canoe route for local tribes and French trappers—was designated a national wild...
PA 30 mi Asphalt
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
The Armstrong Trail connects riverfront towns along the east bank of the Allegheny River as it winds through the lush Allegheny Plateau. The flat trail, currently 35.5 miles, follows the river...
PA 35.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Situated in downtown Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, the asphalt trail runs through a park setting on the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad close to the Beaver River and ending near the rugby...
PA 1 mi Asphalt
The Berlin Lake Trail lies mid-way between Cleveland and Pittsburgh in Deerfield Township of Portage County. The 2-mile crushed limestone rail-trail crosses Berlin Lake, traveling through wooded areas...
OH 2.2 mi Crushed Stone
Built in 1871 to transport the region’s high-quality limestone to support Pittsburgh’s growing steel industry, the Butler Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad was the first railroad in Butler County....
PA 21 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
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 follows the...
PA 8.5 mi Dirt, Gravel
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
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
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 Garrett Wonders Bike Trail, formerly the Warren Bikeway, is an integral component of the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway, which will eventually link Lake Erie and the Ohio River via a multiuse,...
OH 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is an iconic rail-trail that runs 150 miles from Cumberland, Maryland, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was built in partnership between state agencies and many local...
MD, PA 150 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The bucolic Headwaters Trail is a pleasant 8-mile journey through the rural landscape between Mantua and Garrettsville. The path has a crushed-stone surface and is mostly shaded. It follows the route...
OH 8 mi Crushed Stone
The Iron Horse Trail runs along the corridor of a railroad that originally connected Alliance and Minerva. The north section runs from State St, across from the University of Mount Union, to the...
OH 3.9 mi 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
Mile marker 0 for the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail can be found at its southern in Lisbon. Located in a former railroad depot, the Lisbon trailhead is about a quarter mile from the actual start...
OH 12.5 mi Asphalt
The 4.5-mile Mahoning Valley Trail snakes its way south from the Deer Creek Reservoir to the City of Alliance. The reservoir is a popular amenity for fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and bird-and-wildlife...
OH 4.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Maple Highlands Trail totals more than 20 miles. A majority of the trail follows an abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor through a mostly rural landscape, heavily wooded in places. The...
OH 20.6 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Accordion
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 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
The Middle Branch Trail follows the Middle Branch of Nimishillen Creek north-south through Stark County parks, with a couple of loops in between. This trail lies between the Hoover Park Connector...
OH 7.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The 61.5-mile Montour Trail follows most of the former Montour Railroad’s main line west and south of Pittsburgh. This little short line was incorporated during the late 19th century and, despite its...
PA 61.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
Moraine State Park features a nearly seven mile bike trail, which follows the north shore of Lake Arthur. Along the way, you'll enjoy beautiful scenery, especially during the fall as trees line the...
PA 6.8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Newton Falls Trail, built on a former railroad bed, follows the Mahoning River as it winds its way downtown. The route provides pleasant neighborhood views of the quaint township that was...
OH 0.75 mi Concrete
Ohio's Nickel Plate Trail runs for 2.5 miles from 5th Street near Ravenna Avenue (Metzger Park) to a point just south of Georgetown Road. The wooded corridor follows an old railroad right-of-way...
OH 2.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 Harmony Trail in the North Hills is a work in progress, managed by volunteers with the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy. So far, about 1 mile of a proposed 4.3 miles of abandoned rail corridor...
PA 1 mi Gravel
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 9.7 mi Asphalt
The Panhandle Trail offers the most direct and scenic route for self-propelled travel between the Pittsburgh suburbs and West Virginia. Although the trail follows an old railroad grade through the...
PA, WV 29.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Pioneer Trail flows east-west between Market Avenue and Cleveland Avenue. The crushed limestone trail is short but is part of a plant to connect the Middle Branch and West Branch trails. At...
OH 1.3 mi Crushed Stone
The Portage Hike and Bike Trail stretches nearly 10 miles between Kent and Ravenna, about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland and the southern shores of Lake Erie. As of December 2015, its entire length...
OH 9.8 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
The Redbank Valley Trail follows a rail corridor developed by the Allegheny Valley Railroad in 1872 to carry passengers, coal, and lumber to Pittsburgh and beyond. Passenger service along the line...
PA 51 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
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 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
The Shenango River Trail once served as a towpath along the Erie Canal Extension. During the mid-1800s, mules pulled boats along the canal, linking goods from the Great Lakes to Pittsburgh and beyond....
PA 7 mi Dirt
Fifty years after the last trolley cars ran on the Penn-Ohio Electric System between Youngstown, Ohio, and New Castle, Pennsylvania, in 1932, travelers on foot, bikes, and skates began using the...
OH, PA 10 mi Asphalt
Three Rivers Heritage Trail features the best that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer, connecting major cultural venues, the downtown area, historical sites, and some of the city’s most well-known...
PA 33 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Tredway Trail's full name is the Wynn and Clara Tredway River Trail, a 4.3-mile run on the eastern side of the Allegheny River just north of New Kensington. The trail is included in an initiative...
PA 4.3 mi 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 Vestal Trail is 0.5-mile connection through town of McCandless that joins the Oakridge neighborhood to the playing fields at its eastern end. The trail is maintained by volunteers of the Rachel...
PA 0.5 mi Grass, 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
Two of Canton's most famous attraction lie either on or close to, the West Branch Trail. The city boasts its very own presidential museum and library, and is also the home of the National Football...
OH 4.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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

Allegheny River Trail

Beautiful trail

September, 2020 by krista02121

We rode out of Emlenton, where you can only ride north. We did a total of 24.5 miles, out and back. The trail blacktop was buckled in areas, it was worse coming back. Otherwise, it was a gorgeous ride. Heed the warnings about a flashlight. The tunnels were around miles 7 and 12.25 going north from Emlenton. You can’t see anything in the tunnels without light.

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.

Butler-Freeport Community Trail

Nice enjoyable ride, saw lots of nature

September, 2020 by robinrosenberger25

Started at Freeport and rode 7 miles and back. Slight uphill the way out, but not too difficult. Parking lots were full at every stop we passed, but the trail was never crowded. Enjoyed the shaded and wide trail. Spotted 2 deer chasing each other across the creek and 2 Great Blue Heron fishing for their lunch. We will return to complete the trail soon.

Accordion

Maple Highlands Trail

Worth the drive

September, 2020 by timmy0728

While working in Mentor, found this trail thanks to TrailLink
Took about 1/2 hour to get to but worth it.
Parked at the Tara Creek Parkway. Ran north towards Chardon. Ran 3.5 up, then ran back down to Middlefield.
Trail is very nice.
Paved. Level. Only a couple small grade hills, mostly while going over the covered bridges, which are great.
The trail is marked every half mile on the benches along the trail.
Mostly wooded/shade. Mostly bikers on trail and everyone of them notified me that they were passing. Everyone!
If in the area, and looking to get a couple miles in, head down here.
Enjoy seeing all the Amish buggies and the trail as well.

Moraine State Park Bike Trail

Winding with small hills

September, 2020 by vicki1960

This 7 mile trail is very technical. Out and back, winding and uphill both ways. A great workout for sure.
Trail follows along the lake. Picnic areas and restrooms along the trail. Most of it is shaded traveling though the woods.
You have to really pay attention on this one as this trail is very well used by all out enjoying it. You may be cruising along then come to a quick turn to discover people out in the middle around the bend. So if you're out there going for speed, this is not the trail. If you're out for a leisurely ride, this is the right trail.
There is a bike rental at the trail head, call ahead for hours. Open most days throughout the summer and shortened hours off season. However if the weather is nice and people are looking to rent, they will be open.

Butler-Freeport Community Trail

Uphill both ways, bring your own water!

September, 2020 by vicki1960

Gravel trail in multiple widths. Sometimes just a few feet wide and hope no one is coming the other way and other times very wide like a 2-lane highway.
High point on the trail is midway. Not exactly sure but I am guessing Cabot.
There is no water along the trail. No where to get water close to the trail. So be prepared.
Trail is 20+ miles and runs from Butler to Freeport. The name of the trail! Maybe a few blocks from the trail in Butler there is a convenience store to get water if needed. But along the trail, NOTHING!
However there is a bike shop along the trail near Bonniebrook that sells water but they are only open a few hours on the weekend (s).
Parked at Bonniebrook and biked downhill to Butler then uphill back. This was a 9 mile round trip. Then we biked the other direction towards Freeport.
It was hot (90 degrees) and we ran out off water. Next time we take extra.
All in all a great trail to ride on. We usually frequent this one one or two times a year traveling about an hour to get to.

Sandy Creek Trail

Very Nice Trail

September, 2020 by jackybob

On 09/05/20 we rode this trail from end to end and it definitely lived up to expectations. There are several high bridges along the way which provide for some really nice views. I imagine that in a month or so when the leaves are showing their colors the views will be spectacular.

Great Allegheny Passage

Fantastic Adventure

September, 2020 by ron.ritter

On June 30, 2020, I started in Cumberland at first light. Bike was fully loaded for a self sufficient adventure. I was on a carbon road bike with 23mm tires. There were only a couple sections where the gravel was soft an pillowy slowing me down a bit to ensure I stayed upright. The key to getting through this brief section is to keep pedaling. The more you pedal the more your bike wants to stay upright. Beyond that the the trail is very isolated in sections. At some parks/ parking lots along the route There are tool stations with air pumps. There are bathrooms along the that I thought were few and far between, perhaps due to Covid and some being removed. I was able to do 122 miles in one day fully loaded at about 13 mph, just interested to see how far I could go. I noticed most others were not moving at that speed. I made the return trip back to Cumberland the next day.

Shenango Trail

Late Summer or Early Fall 9/6/2020

September, 2020 by joseph_torok

Sunday afternoon hike; 73° and sunny. A total of 19 fellow hikers and 2 horse riders enjoyed the balmy weather. Trail was dry despite recent heavy rains; the installation of drainage channels has proven successful in normally wet areas. Many kayakers and canoers on the river. Hikers from local communities; Hubbard, OH, Sharpsviile, Hermitage, and Fredonia, PA.

Nickel Plate Trail (OH)

Beautiful ride.

September, 2020 by b_elsass1984

Took the family for a bike ride. It was a beautiful ride and the trail was flat enough for my 7 year old to ride too! Part of the path is paved and the other part is cinders. The kicker is Metzger’s park is connected so we went to the park to eat our picnic and then the kids played on the playground. Highly recommend this park!!

Maple Highlands Trail

southern end point

September, 2020 by royfete_tl

Following the Google directions at Southern in point in Middlefield is in possible could not even get close to the endpoint to start going north. Otherwise the rest of the trail going north is excellent!

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.

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