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Allegheny National Forest - Brush Hollow XC Ski Trail

7.7 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Allegheny National Forest - Deerlick XC Ski Trail

9 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Allegheny River Trail

30 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Armstrong Trails

35.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Bayfront Connector Trail

8.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Butler-Freeport Community Trail

21 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Clarion Highlands

8.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Clarion-Little Toby Trail

18 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Corry Junction Greenway Trail

5.8 mi
State: NY, PA
Crushed Stone

Cowanshannock Trail

1.27 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

East Branch Trail (PA)

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Ernst Bike Trail

7.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Five Bridges Trail

8.5 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass

Great Shamokin Path

3.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Accordion

Kinzua Valley Trail

6 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Mahoning Shadow Trail

15 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Marienville Bike Trail

23.3 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

McClintock Trail

9.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Moraine State Park Bike Trail

6.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Oil City Trail

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Oil Creek State Park Trail

9.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Queen City Trail

1.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Rail 66 Country Trail

20 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel

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

7.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt

Stavich Bicycle Trail

10 mi
State: OH, PA
Asphalt

Trout Island Trail

2.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This trail is not groomed. Three stacked loops offer a variety of hiking and skiing opportunities at a range of difficulty levels. The trail starts out on a railroad grade along Big Mill Creek. This...
PA 7.7 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
This trail is not groomed. The trail is a combination of logging roads, railroad grades and pipelines that offer challenges to a wide range of skill levels. Trail is marked with blue diamonds.
PA 9 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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
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
The Mill Creek Trail serves as a connector between Twin Lakes Recreation Area and the Brush Hollow Trail. Just south of Forest Road 138, the Mill Creek Trail leaves the Twin Lakes Trail and heads...
PA 5.6 mi Dirt, Grass
This moderately difficult trail features great views of Minister Creek and passes by several outstanding rock outcropings, the latter about 1 mile from the trailhead parking lot. This heavily used...
PA 6.6 mi Dirt, Grass
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
This trail passes through a variety of pleasing landscapes. The area near Crane Run is especially scenic. The trail is marked with white diamonds. The skill level of this trail is rated more...
PA 16.6 mi Dirt, Grass
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
Armstrong Trails connects riverfront towns along the eastern 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
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
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
The Clarion-Little Toby Trail lets you venture on the wild side for 18 miles as it traverses remote state hunting grounds adjoining the Allegheny National Forest. You’ll likely see deer and other...
PA 18 mi Crushed Stone
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 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
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 Five Bridges Trail in northwestern Pennsylvania uses a portion of the former Pittsburgh and Shawmut Railroad corridor, which ran from Brockway to Brookville. Begin at the western end of the...
PA 8.5 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass
Tracing a section of the abandoned Rural Valley Railroad corridor the Great Shamokin Path parallels the Cowanshannock Creek for 3.5 miles. The eastern part of the trail, which is surfaced primarily...
PA 3.5 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Accordion
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
Deep within the Allegheny National Forest lies a rail-trail with a past. The Kinzua Valley Trail follows the route of the former Kinzua and Hemlock Railroad (later Valley Railroad) near the town of...
PA 6 mi 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 Marienville Bike Trail is part of a system of roads and trails in the Allegheny National Forest. The trails are open to mountain bikes, trail bikes, and ATVs and are rated as difficult because of...
PA 23.3 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, 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
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 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
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 2.3 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
Rail 66 Country Trail is a rustic trail paralleling Route 66, that begins in the Village of Marianne near the Clarion Junction (SR 322/SR 66) and extends north to the Clarion/Forest County line. The...
PA 20 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel
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 7.5 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
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
Located along the banks of Conewango Creek, the open 3-mile segment of this proposed 11-mile trail follows an old New York Central branch north from the city of Warren. Designed to serve primarily as...
PA 3 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Oil Creek State Park Trail

A beautiful trail

September, 2021 by bardance96

This was our first time riding this trail. It was so peaceful and beautiful ride. At the North end is Drake Well that’s a must to see!!! They have a bike rack and very nice helpful people. We told “Vicky” that a tree was down on the trail and she let park rangers know to get it cleaned off the trail and thanked us for letting her know. We will be back!!!

Ernst Bike Trail

ERNST BIKE TRAIL

September, 2021 by faithschleifer

Just finished this trail. My only advise, DO NOT start at the bailey trailhead. It is fine for a walking trail but definitely too rough for bikers. Otherwise this was a beautiful, easy ride. Start at krider road trailhead or bean's trailhead. Either way you go, will be an enjoyable, easy ride.

Redbank Valley Rail Trail

Scenic trail

September, 2021 by rvrzr9qtgm

Our group did 2 different sections of the trail. Great ride, a lot of shade and great views. Will definitely come back for another ride.

Accordion

Pymatuning State Park Spillway Trail

One mile is newly paved

September, 2021 by vicki1960

Brand new asphalt pavement, September 2021. They were finishing up the work the day we were there. Trail is gravel coming out of Linesville. At the spillway parking lot, the trail starts asphalt pavement and runs smooth to Fries Road. All in all, about one mile is asphalt paved.
Plans are in the future to pave more of the trail and even extend it.
In the meantime, enjoy the fresh new asphalt.
Great for a short bike ride, wheelchair accessible, roller blading, walking, jogging and strollers!

Butler-Freeport Community Trail

Another nice ride!

September, 2021 by vicki1960

Parked at mile marker 16.5 at Bonniebrook. Biked to mile 8.5 and back then down towards Butler. High point on the trail is Cabot. Trail is somewhat shady and there are many open areas through fields as well. Always a great ride on this trail.
Surface is crushed stone. Some sections of the trail were very wide at 10-12 feet and other sections barely a few feet wide.
This is not an Equestrian horse trail.

Clarion-Little Toby Trail

Beautiful Scenery

September, 2021 by vicki1960

Biked the Brockway end of the trail up to the Swinging Bridge. End of August, 2021. It was very hot out but most of the trail is very well shaded through the woods. Goes through State Game lands.
Trail follows Little Toby Creek. Quiet and peaceful ride.
I was on a hybrid bike and the trail is very flat. Trail surface is crushed stone which there wasn't a lot of, it was well packed dirt and easy to ride on.
Could also mountain bike on this trail or trail run!
I enjoyed my ride very much even though it took me two hours to get to, wished it were closer!

Shenango Trail

Shenango Trail 9/4/2021

September, 2021 by joseph_torok

Working on Shenango Trail 2.5 miles south of Kidd's Mill trailhead to alleviate muddy crossing in open field. Biker and 2 hikers encountered on the trail.

Five Bridges Trail

Difficult to find

September, 2021 by lhp5

The GPS directions provided on this site are incorrect. Searched around for 20 minutes finally found the trail head a half a mile away. Wanted to bike,however, grass was about knee high and impossible to do with our bikes. Note the last sentence of the description, there is no trail head in Brockway.

Oil Creek State Park Trail

Another Great Ride

September, 2021 by vicki1960

Annual Ride. Love this trail, wished had more time to ride several times a year. Always a great ride.
Trail is 10 ish miles in length and asphalt paved in very good condition. Though a few bumpy spots on occasion probably from the brutal Pennsylvania Winters.
Two main trailheads, one at the North end near Drake Well Park on the outskirts of Titusville. The other is at the Southern end next to the state park office in Petroleum Centre.
Also found a remote parking lot at the 5 mile marker at Miller Farm Road. It's several dirt roads to get to it.
Trail goes through the state park and is mostly shaded. It follows Oil Creek. Along the trail it's very quiet and peaceful. Usually see a lot of game but only saw one deer.
At the Northern end you can pick up Queen City trail which is less than 2 miles in length, also paved, and follow it to Titusville for services such as Dollar Stores, food places, etc.

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Great for all ages and abilities!

August, 2021 by cpeck5

Some minor ups and downs but overall a great loop around the lake.

Stavich Bicycle Trail

Jekyll and Hyde trail

August, 2021 by adouthett

First I will say this trail is very sunny and has very little shade.

The PA side of the trail is very nice. It's well maintained. The trail is wide and smooth; any issue are marks so you can easy avoid them. It has a number of benches along the path. It is also well mark when it come to miles trailed and miles to the boarder.

I would give this section 4 out of 5 star. The lack of shade and rather plain scenery bring it down but I would expect it to be nicer in the Fall.

The Ohio side was a disappointment. It looks like no one has done any maintenance to the trail since it was paved. The trail is very rough to the point I was afraid I would lose things off my bike from all the dips and bumps on the trail. The cracks in the asphalt have plants growing in them which hide exactly how wide the crack is. Part of the trails was covered with standing water that had been long enough for live to start growing in it. I didn't see any mile marker on the trail nor was it well marker change from trail to city street back to trail. I only saw one bench on this section and it wasn't as nice as the PA side.

I would give this section of trail 1.5 stars out of 5.

Overall I would not travel to use this trail again until the Ohio side of the trail has been repaved. While the PA side is nice and I would re-ride it, the hour trip to the trail doesn't make it worth it unless you can do the full trail.

Allegheny River Trail

Beautiful scenery, but VERY bumpy ride

August, 2021 by rmarsh1

My wife and I rode the section between Emlenton and the Rockwood tunnel.
The trail is fantastic with great scenery and lots of shade. Normally, I prefer a paved trail over crushed limestone. However, this paved surface seems to have deteriorated over time (bad drainage or tree roots). There are small, but very noticeable ridges (about 1-2") in the asphalt surface that run perpendicular to the trail. They're about 15" apart, so it's like riding down a washboard. Not just in one section, but the entire ride. By FAR the bumpiest trail we've ever been on. We turned around and left.

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