J. Manley Robbins Trail, aka Robbins Trail

Pennsylvania

J. Manley Robbins Trail, aka Robbins Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Montour
Length: 2.8 miles
Trail end points: Hess Recreation Complex, Danville, PA and Hess Recreation Complex, Danville, PA
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6237030
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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J. Manley Robbins Trail, aka Robbins Trail Description

J. Manley Robbins Trail is a short trail with a long history. Quite possibly it is the oldest documented rail-trail in the country. The trail leads through a beautiful deciduous forest high above the Mahoning Creek. It is barely 1 mile long but because it is now connected to an old Reading Railroad line, the trail makes a loop just under 3.5 miles. The trail is particularly nice for jogging and dogs are welcome. The trail is not signed.

Parking and Trail Access

To find the trail which the locals know only as "the bike path," travel north on RT 54 from downtown Danville, make the very first left onto Continental (old maps show Rt 54 as Continental but it is now one block west of RT 54. Follow Continental back through a housing development (one more left turn). You can park at the end of the housing development and ride from here into the Hess Recreational Complex or drive on into the complex. The Old Reading RR trail runs parallel to the road.

J. Manley Robbins Trail, aka Robbins Trail Reviews

Driving south from I 80 we parked at the north end of the trail. The parking area was not marked so we found a spot across the road near Old Valley School Road. When we started riding down the trail we did see space for a few cars along the first hundred yards or so. The trail along the busy Route 54 has constant traffic noise and the trail surface is a bit rough. Where the trail meets Meadow Lane the is a trail map so we were able to find where the trail continued, other than the map there were no signs pointing the way. After crossing the bridge on Montour Street there is a steep but short climb to the nice half of the trail. Gone is the traffic noise and the trail surface is for the most part much smoother.

I needed a place to run while my dad was in the hospital. A doctor told me about this trail. I ran back and forth and made several loops to get my 15 miles in. It was beautiful at this time of year with the leaves changing. It's a very nice trail, great for walking and running. Many of the leaves had started falling though, and they were covering rocks, which meant one had to watch his or her footing closely. Overall, it was a beautiful place to get a run in! I also loved running over the bridge over the Susquehanna River!

We were driving I80 and needed a place close to I80 to Walk. This trail was Perfect! It was within 2 miles of I80, right off main drag. We parked at Perkins and the trail is right there. Then you can get a bite to eat if you'd like. So many wildflowers and even a deer walked very close to us. Restrooms are at the sport complex that you pass while on the path. We didn't walk the entire path this time but we will the next because I want to walk over the rustic bridge. The directions and descriptions on TrailLink are right on!

Accordion

We hiked this today in the spring sunshine. We parked on 642 and walked the bicycle path. The back part of the path through the woods gets you away from the road noise. Trail is in really good condition and only slightly sloping so fairly easy.

This is by far my favorite place to bike to on lunch and walk during the weekends. The trail is relativity flat and very user friendly. There are various side trails that you can take. The inner trail runs right next to Mahoning Creek and has great photo scenery.

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