Arboretum Trail

Pennsylvania

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Arboretum Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Allegheny
Length: 0.8 miles
Trail end points: Hulton Road and College Avenue
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016892
Trail activities: Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Arboretum Trail Description

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 history of use-and disuse. Between 1853 and 1856, the Allegheny Valley Railroad built a line that ran from Pittsburgh to Kittanning. In 1903, the Pennsylvania Railroad opened its Brilliant Cutoff, linking the Allegheny line with other sections of Kittanning. Declining rail traffic in the 1960s led then-owner Conrail to close one of the two tracks in the corridor. Then in 1995, the corridor was sold back to the Allegheny Valley Railroad, which reopened the rail line and sold the adjacent land for trail use. The Garden Club of Oakmont raised $3 million for trail construction, landscaping, corridor renovation, and long-term maintenance of the plantings.

Parking and Trail Access

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Exit 48 for Allegheny Valley and bear right past the toll booth. Follow the signs to Oakmont and, about 1 mile from the exit, cross the Hulton Bridge. To find a parking space, turn right just before or after the railroad crossing on Hulton Road onto either Allegheny Avenue or Allegheny River Boulevard. The trail runs between the two streets.

From downtown Pittsburgh, take Route 28 north to the Blawnox Exit. Continue along Freeport Road, then turn right onto the Hulton Bridge. Park anywhere along Allegheny Avenue just west of the corridor.

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