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Winding through the fields and forests of northern Pennsylvania, the Knox & Kane Rail Trail follows a former railroad corridor. Spanning four counties (Clarion, Elk, Forest & McKean), the Knox & Kane Railroad was used for both freight and passenger service until it was abandoned.
Once complete, this scenic rail-trail will provide a 74-mile off-road route from Marianne in Clarion County to Mount Jewett in McKean County. Six local organizations are responsible for developing and managing different trail sections.
The multiuse rail-trail is a gentle, flat route with a mix of paved and gravel surfaces. As of 2023, there are three open sections totaling 47.6 miles:
Kinzua Bridge State Park to Lantz Corners (7.8 miles):
A 7.8-mile section of the Knox & Kane Rail Trail stretches between Kinzua Bridge State Park (296 Viaduct Rd, Mt Jewett) and Route 219 in Lantz Corners.
This section of the trail is open for walking/hiking, running, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. (Please note that snowmobiles are not able to enter from Kinzua Bridge State Park.) The maximum speed limit is 25 mph. Dogs are welcome on the trail as long as they remain on their leashes. The trail's surface is crushed-stone.
The Kinzua Bridge State Park's signature feature is the 301-foot-high Kinzua Bridge Skywalk, which was the tallest railroad bridge in the world when it was built in 1882. Several former railroad trestles along the route have been transformed into pedestrian bridges. From the bridge, the multiuse trail runs southwest through the woods to Center Street in Mount Jewett.
At the intersection of Center Street and Peterson Street, the trailhead includes an information kiosk, a bike rack and a bicycle repair station. An equestrian picnic area near the Kinzua Bridge State Park can be easily accessed from the Knox & Kane Rail Trail. There are benches and picnic tables placed periodically along the route.
As the rail-trail winds its way southwest from Mount Jewett, open fields are occasionally visible on one side of the trail, peaking through trees that shelter nearly the entire route. The trail comes to an end at Route 219 in Lantz Corners, which is where it will meet the next trail segment currently in development.
The Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail Club (MJ2KB) manages this section of the Knox & Kane Rail Trail.
Kane to Lamont (12.3 miles):
A 12.3-mile section of the Knox & Kane Rail Trail heads southwest from Route 6 through the borough of Kane to Highway 66 in Highland Township. Open to pedestrians, hikers, and cyclists only, this crushed-stone path runs parallel to Route 6 as it travels through Kane—passing by restaurants, lodging, wineries, a brewery, a distillery, artistry and places of historical significance. The route also includes a pedestrian bridge over an active railroad line.
Including 7.5 miles from this section, approximately 23 miles of the eventual 74 miles of the Knox & Kane Rail Trail will be managed by TAMED (Trail Association of the McKean/Elk Divide). As trail manager, the organization is working towards constructing their segment of the rail-trail, as well as maintaining the 7.5 open miles of trail. With a projected construction date of 2023, the next section under development heads northeast from Route 6 to Route 219 in Lantz Corners. The section of the trail just east of the Kane Country Club to Route 219 at Lantz Corners is currently undeveloped but will hopefully be completed in 2023. Also on the agenda is completing the trail from Nansen southwesterly to the Elk/Forest County Line.
Marienville to Marianne (27.5 miles):
Paralleling PA-66, this 27.5-mile section of the trail runs between Marienville in Forest County and Marianne in Clarion County.
The northern end of this trail section is just south of Woodland Drive in the northern outskirts of Marienville. Trail access is available slightly further south on Snyder Lane, though the historic Railroad Roundhouse train station trailhead in Marienville is a popular starting point for this section.
This section is open for walking, running, cycling, and cross-country skiing. Snowmobile use is allowed, weather permitting, from Oak Lane in Marienville north to Goat Farm Road (Forest Road 226).
Continuing southwest, the Knox & Kane Rail Trail crosses the Forest/Clarion county line. This 20.1-mile section is known as the Rail 66 Country Trail. The Rail 66 Country Trail's northern endpoint is on Blood Road, off PA-66 in Vowinckel. It is open for walking, running, cycling, and cross-country skiing. Please note that the Rail 66 Country Trail does not allow horseback riding or snowmobiles.
From the Clarion/Forest county line, the trail winds south through Vowinckel, Leeper, Snydersburg, Lucinda, and Marianne. The route passes by several railroad landmarks and points of interest, including the historic Lucinda Railway Station (1040 Lander Dr, Lucinda). There are places to eat in Leeper, Snydersburg, and Marianne. The trail follows PA-66 more closely between Lucinda and Marianne.
The trail's southern end is on PA-66/Paint Boulevard, just south of Pine Terrace Road in Paint Township in the borough of Shippenville. While it is possible to access the trail here, there is no parking and PA-66 is a fairly busy road. Parking and easier trail access is available at US-332 and Willow Lane—less than a mile along the trail from the southern endpoint on PA-66.
It is possible to access the trail whenever it crosses smaller local roads, but parking is only available at the more official trailheads listed below and marked on the TrailLink map.
Parking is available at a number of locations along the trail, including:
For the Kinzua Bridge State Park to Mount Jewett segment, parking is available at the Kinzua Bridge State Park (296 Viaduct Road) and at the Center Street trailhead in Mount Jewett.
For the Kane to Lamont segment, parking is available in Kane by the intersection of Route 6 and Welsh Street, near the old train depot.
For the Marienville to Marianne segment, parking is available at the Marianne trailhead on SR 322, just east of the SR 322/SR 66 intersection. It is next to Willow Lane and holds approximately 12 vehicles. In Lucinda, there is a parking lot at mile 7.2, about 300 feet north of the historic Lucinda Railway Station (1040 Lander Dr, Lucinda). There is additional parking in Snydersburg, Leeper, and Marienville.
For all parking options and detailed directions, refer to the TrailLink map.
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