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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 trail in Allens Mills, where parking is available. The rail-trail traverses a scenic wetlands area, then cuts through shale hillsides as it heads east, ending just outside of Brockway.
The trail follows Mill Creek, crossing the waterway with several bridges that give the trail its name. On your journey, watch for beavers that have made dams along the creek, as well as great blue herons and other types of birds that call the wetlands home.
Note that the trail is still being improved. The surface varies from ballast with cinders to loose gravel, and there are some spots that can be mushy after a hard rain.
A parking area is located near the western end of the trail in Allens Mills on Reitz Bottom Road, just east of its intersection with Allens Mills Road. From Interstate 80, take exit 90, SR 830 North. Follow SR 830 for 3.2 miles, then turn left onto Red Barn Road. Follow Red Barn Road until it ends (1.4 miles) at Allens Mills Road. Turn right; after 0.2 miles, turn left onto Reitz Bottom Road. The parking area will be on the right after a few 100 feet.
A variety of backroads lead to this parking area, so it would be best to use a GPS or online map website to get directions, if not coming from Interstate 80. Using an address of "500 Reitz Bottom Road" should get you close.
There is currently no access point at the eastern (Brockway) end of the trail.
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