Bald Eagle Valley Trail


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Bald Eagle Valley Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Clinton
Length: 5.5 miles
Trail end points: Castanea Train Station (Castanea) and Spook Hollow Road (McElhattan)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 10440848

Bald Eagle Valley Trail Description

Bald Eagle Valley Trail, formerly known as the Clinton County Rail Trail, offers a pleasant crushed-stone pathway along scenic Bald Eagle Creek and the West Branch Susquehanna River. As you pedal or walk along this former railroad bed, look up in the trees for the bald eagles which like to nest in the area.

The trail, which will one day span 11.5 miles, is being constructed in six phases. In 2018, the first phase opened and, in 2019, the second phase opened. The trail now totals 5.5 miles in two disconnected segments: a section from the Castanea Train Station to Youngdale Road in Wayne Township (3.5 miles), and a section in McElhattan between McElhattan Drive and Spook Hollow Road (2 miles). 

Anticipated to be complete in 2020, the trail will connect the communities of Lock Haven, Castanea, McElhattan and Avis. It will also provide a link to the popular 62-mile Pine Creek Rail Trail at its Jersey Shore Trailhead in neighboring Lycoming County.

Parking and Trail Access

For the western segment, a trailhead is located at the Castanea Train Station (201 Logan Ave.). For the eastern segment in McElhattan, you'll find a parking lot at either end of the trail.

Bald Eagle Valley Trail Reviews

Nothing special

We rode the western section of the trail, most of the time there is constant noise from the nearby highway. The trail is well maintained but the stone surface is rough compared to many of the stone trails we have ridden. Much of the trail was in full sun, which on a cool day in October was okay. Also the rest room (portable toilet) at the train was closed and a sign read, "Closed for spring cleaning".

Good ride for a flat lander

Good ride for a flat lander from OK with wiener dog in toe. Short but very pleasant!

Nice trail!

I am always looking for places to ride / hike so I checked this one out 5/10/20. It is a scenic trail along the river. It is a great trail for young ones because it is well maintained, no big ruts to navigate. I am excited to take my grandchildren here soon!¿¿

Nice and easy ride.

Rode this trail yesterday. Very nice and well maintained trail. Mountain, river and farmland views. As of now it is 2 segments for a total of 5.5 miles. Will be a great trail once all segments are completed and connects with the Pine Creek Trail.

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