Kinzua Valley Trail

Pennsylvania

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Kinzua Valley Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: McKean
Length: 6 miles
Trail end points: Westline Road and Church Road and Red Bridge Recreation Area of the Allegheny Reservoir.
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6316490
Trail activities: Bike, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Kinzua Valley Trail Description

Kinzua Valley Trail is nestled alongside the wooded Kinzua Creek within the Allegheny National Forest of northwestern Pennsylvania. The trail begins in Westline at a trailhead with a large parking lot and picnic pavilion. From there, the crushed-stone rail-trail travels  6 miles west along the former Valley Railroad bed to the Bridge Recreation Area of the Allegheny Reservoir. 

Future plans call for the trail one day running 20 miles through the corridor.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking can be found on the east end of the trail at the Westline trailhead. From the larger community of Bradford, travel south on US Route 219 for about 15 miles, then turn right (west) onto Westline Road. Travel 3 miles down Westline Road to reach the trailhead, just past the Westline Inn.

Kinzua Valley Trail Reviews

Trail runs along the Allegheny River, along the bottom of the mountains. We parked at the Trailhead in Westline and biked to Route 321 at Little Meade Run. Trail did continue to Red Bridge, another mile and a half away. Total trail that is completed is 6.3 miles as of July, 2017. In Westline there is the Westline Inn which offers lodging and food. Check with their website on hours.
Trail goes through wooded and open areas. Seems kind of on the remote side. There is no cell phone service. Trail surface is a little rough but we knew this ahead of time. Not a bad trail surface. Some areas were washed out due to storms but very much passable. We didn't have any trouble getting through the trail. Saw a few people.
At the Trailhead in Westline there is parking for about 20 cars and a picnic area. At the 321 area of the trail there is parking for about 10 cars.
All in all, a great little trail if you want to experience the Allegheny National Forest.
Trail is about a half hour away (by vehicle) from Kinzua Dam if you want to check it out while in the area.

We biked on the Kinzua Trail recently and were favorably impressed. We are from New York, and visit family in NW Pennsylvania often. This is the best bike trail we have been on in years. The reasons are the design and layout are easy enough to ride and offer lovely and surprising views around every turn. At the right time, there are many butterflies you won't see elsewhere. The small wetlands and woodland glades are marvelous and offer visual variety. We also saw many birds, flowers and native plants unique to the region. There are several bridges arching over streams and benches for resting. If you enjoy walking, biking or jogging, this trail is delightful and refreshing. The trailhead is clearly marked and there is adequate parking. The trail was also very clean and well-maintained. It is great to find a trail dedicated to non-motorized recreational use. I hope PA. creates more of these trails for conservation and recreation.

I walk this trail frequently. It is great if your just out for a leisurely stroll or if your walking the dogs or power walking. The trail follows the creek and they have plenty of benches along the trail facing the creek to allow you to just sit and ponder and enjoy the surroundings. They also have 1/4 mile markers so you know how far you've walked, biked or run.
The trail now is about 3 - 3.5 miles but plans are in place to take the trail from Westline to Red Bridge...
They also have a small pavilon at the mouth of the trail with a couple picnic tables and a train shaped grill... Please take your trash with you when you go.. Bears!!!
A lot of thought went into this trail and the organizers did an amazing job to ensure a tremendous experience in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest!

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