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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 wildflowers.
The construction of railroad tracks through the piney woods of northern Pennsylvania in the early 1800s heralded a new era. By 1861 the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad (A&GW) intersected the Sunbury & Erie Railroad at a spot called, appropriately enough, Junction. The land at Junction was owned by Hiram Cory, who sold a small piece of this 63-acre holding to the A&GW Railroad in October 1861. Railroad superintendent Hill was so pleased by Mr. Cory's fair price that he renamed Junction in his honor, although he misspelled it in the process. That was the beginning of the City of Corry.
In 1865 the Oil Creek Cross Cut Railroad from Oil City, Pennsylvania, across the state line to Mayville, New York, was completed. The line operated under a number of different names until December 29, 1978, when the last train from Corry to Mayville ran on what was then called the Titus Secondary Tract. Included in Corry's rich railroad history is the invention and manufacturing of the Climax locomotive and rail cars that the logging industry used from 1888 until the 1920s. The Northwest Pennsylvania Trail Association purchased a portion of the rail corridor from Corry to Clymer in 2003.
The rough, hilly trail offers outdoor enthusiasts an adventure year-round. Several crossings do not meet the grade of the road or have inclines where cyclists may need to dismount. Transportation Enhancement funds (the largest source of federal funding for rail-trails) have been approved to make vast improvements to the trail surface, drainage and amenities, such as trailheads and signage.
To reach the Pennsylvania trailhead with parking: In Corry, turn north onto Route 426. Turn right onto Sciota Road, then right on Hereford Road. The lot is on the left.
New parking in corry at end of trail. Drainage improvements. Quiet trail for biking and running.
Went bike riding on this trail with children and grandchild just yesterday. We had newbie riders and experienced ones. Everyone had a great time. The trail is beautiful and mostly flat.
We parked at the parking area just out of Corry and proceeded to ride our bikes north towards NY. The crushed stone in some places was deep which made it a bit challenging to pull trailers through it. This was only in a couple of areas and short distances. The newbie riders came to a stop upon hitting it and had to walk a little ways.
We rode middle of the day and there was plenty of shade to make it pleasant and avoid sunburns. There are a few benches and new picnic tables along the way.
Once we crossed into NY the trail wasn't as nicely maintained. Needed a good mowing. The overgrown grass was a bit much for the newbies and the trailers, so we turned back.
Definitely will ride this again and look forward to running it as well.
BTW no toilets at parking area.
Also, have to cross a few roads; one was fairly busy so be careful with children.
My mom and I enjoy walking our new puppy along this trail. There is a lot of shaded areas. The trail is clean and other trail goers are considerate and kind. We have really enjoyed walking this trail this summer and recommend it highly.
Rode a portion of the Corry Junction Rail Trail August 9th, 2015, just the part in NY. Going north it seems to officially end at Knowlton Road, but a trail of sorts continues north. Past Rundall Road in Jaquins it shortly runs into a gate.
It looks like a nice trail in PA with stone dust the whole way. I started to ride it into Pennsylvania, but then found a section of the trail where there had been water movement which piled up the stone dust that made it difficult to ride though. I decided to bag it and keep going on my trip. Many more railbeds to ride!
Note that this is the same railroad which is used by the https://www.traillink.com/trail/chautauqua-rails-to-trails.aspx .
We tried the trail from the Knowlton road accesss in NY.
ATV's have been using the trail and it is just 2 stone filled ruts through some long grass We gave up after less than 1/2 mile and went back
A simple solution would be to put a post in the middle of the bridge near Knowlton Rd. It is also in serious need of grading and rolling to fix the ruts.
This is an awesome trail and we are so blessed to have this in the town of Corry. My only complaint is that the trail needs to be paved. I have a toddler and he can't ride his bike because the trail is rough. If we want to go ride bikes as a family we can't use this great trail that's only a few minutes away from our house. It's not always easy to push a stroller on the trail either. I feel the trail would be much more family oriented if it was paved.
My wife and I love skiing this trail in the winter. We usually start out just up from Sciota Inn and we ski up and back about 3 miles round trip. The trail allows you to be well shielded from wind and the snow mobilers are extremely polite and make plenty of room for skiers. It's a great trail when there is plenty of snow such as what we have had this year (2014-2015).
I ride this trail every chance I get and sometimes the second leg is a wide tire bike trail only due to the washed out areas. Other than that it is a great beginner ride, we ride west to the cement plant by Rt. 426 and then back to the New York line and then back east to the park area. Maybe you will see some wildlife which includes a lot of deer, pesky beavers and maybe a bear. Enjoy.
Nice trail, a whole lotta level. There were a few places where fresh fine crush gravel had been placed and was not packed well. We would sink and spin out to a dead stop. Once we learned to be alert for those stretches we were treated to lovely country smells, Cornfields and apple trees and swamp areas. Lots of shade shielded us on our 81 degree midday ride.
Where to start the trail in Corry is a bit confusing. The best place is the trail head parking lot and pavilions on Hereford Road just off Sciota Road. If you want to do the whole trail bike back a 100 yards to the crossing and end of the trail on Sciota Street near where Sciota Street meets Sciota Road north of Rt 6. There is no parking there. Youker
We started outside of Clymer NY,and in this area, the trail is not well maintained, two tire tracks are heavily overgrown with grass and there are rock and large puddles after a rainfall. However, as you get closer and closer to Corry, PA, the trail improves to the point where it is a nicely chipped rail trail. A few farmers have some unsightly trash piles along the side of the trail and you cross a number of roads, but it is fairly scenic with travel through the woods and then across the middle of open farm fields, etc. Overall the roundtrip of 15 miles is a good ride. Convenient to Peak and Peak Resort if you are staying there!
What a great day! Sunshine, wildlife, and a really great trail for walking or biking. 7.5 miles of nature and an easy to moderate trail. My wife and I had a really nice time on this trail. Encourage you to take it and enjoy yourselves.
We rode the trail 6/20/10 ,and what a nice job! paved the first 1/2 mile, the next 4or 5 miles is all smooth chushed stone with paved road crossings. still not in great shape in N.Y but still a nice ride, but the trail has no end point, it just keeps getting worst till its just about gone.
The trail is open for use on the unimproved rail bed while construction is pending. The Corry Junction Trail is one of several trail systems that will soon make up the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail.
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