Knox & Kane Rail Trail

Pennsylvania

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Knox & Kane Rail Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: McKean
Length: 35.3 miles
Trail end points: Kinzua Bridge State Park (Kane) and Highland Kane Road (Lamont)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 10292615

Knox & Kane Rail Trail Description

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. Today, the rail-trail is an accessible multi-use path with a compact crushed-stone surface and a gentle, flat route. Trail advocates hope to one day expand this scenic rail-trail to 74 miles, continuing its southwest trajectory through Elk, Forest, and Clarion counties to end at Clarion Junction. As of 2022, there are three complete sections of this rail-trail:

Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge State Park:

A 7.8-mile section of the Knox & Kane Rail Trail stretches between Kinzua Bridge State Park and Route 219. The multi-use trail runs through a largely forested corridor between Center Street in Mount Jewett and Kinzua Bridge State Park. The 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. Part of the trail's surface is paved and the rest is gravel or crushed-stone. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

The Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail Club (MJ2KB) manages this section of the Knox & Kane Rail Trail. 

Lamont to Kane:

A 7.5-mile section of the Knox & Kane Rail Trail heads northeast from Highland Kane Road in Lamont to Route 6 on the outskirts of Kane. Open to pedestrians, hikers and cyclists only, this crushed-stone path runs parallel to Route 6 as it travels through the borough of 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 this 7.5-mile 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 Lamont southwesterly to the Elk/Forest County Line. 

Clarion to Forest County:  

This 20-mile section is known as the Rail 66 Country Trail. Paralleling Route 66, this trail begins in Marianne near the Clarion Junction (SR 322/SR 66) and extends north to the Clarion/Forest County line. Rail 66 follows the historic Knox-Kane railroad bed for about 20 miles with additional sections under development.

 

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at a number of locations along the trail. View the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions. Parking locations include the following:

For the Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge State Park segment, parking is available at the Kinzua Bridge State Park (296 Viaduct Road) and at the Center Street trailhead in Mount Jewett.

For the Lamont to Kane segment, parking is available in Kane by the intersection of Route 6 and Welsh Street, near the old train depot. Additional parking is available along the Highland Road behind the Kane Area High School.

For the Clarion to Forest County segment, parking is available in the community of Marianne at SR 322 just east of the SR 322/SR 66 intersection. It is next to Willow Lane and holds approximately 12 vehicles. At mile 7.2, the historic Lucinda train station accessed by traveling north on SR 66 (Route 66) to T-580 (Maple Dr).

Knox & Kane Rail Trail Reviews

Top notch trail Mt Jewett to Kinzua Bridge

WOW…..non-paved trails don’t get any better than this one folks!!! Rode from Mt J to Kinzua after a heavy downpour and only had 1 puddle right at the end in the state park. Wonderful crushed gravel surface…smooth…no bumps…no potholes…no soft spots…grass edges nicely mowed…trees trimmed back…shaded the whole way…milemarkers every .5 miles…interpretive signs with area history…and to top it off it goes directly to a bridge that was at one time called the eighth wonder of the world…SWEET!!! Major kudos to the folks who built and maintained this section. I see they have a crawler tractor, a trail groomer and even a huge vacuum. Keep up the great work. Thank you…bikin-mike June 2022

P.s. Looking forward to returning someday and riding the whole 70 miles when it’s done.

P.s.s. I was expecting some eating places in Mt Jewett. Only saw 1 cafe that closed at 2.

New Segment to Lantz Corners

We have biked and walked the trail from Mount Jewett to the bridge and enjoyed it very much. Today I had a chance to walk a portion of the trail starting at Lantz Corners and heading to Mount Jewett.

The trail makes for easy walking but would be a challenge for a road bike. It has some large gravel and is slightly bumpy in some spots. There are plans to improve that section. In the meantime, it makes for a nice 15-mile round trip walk from Lantz Corners to Kinzua Bridge State Park and back. Mount Jewett makes a great place for breakfast, lunch or both. There is a campground (High Pines) across the street from the trailhead at Lantz Corners.

Smooth Ride

We took our tow along burley bee on this trail and it was very smooth. My daughter wasn’t bounced all around even though the path is crushed stones.

Beautiful surroundings on the trail

July 2020. I found this to be one of the most beautiful trails! Heavily wooded through an absolutely gorgeous forest.
Though just under 4 miles in length I enjoyed the short ride on this trail. Having been constructed in 2018-2019 the surface is crushed limestone in very good condition.
I was dropped off at the parking area in Mt. Jewett and biked into Kinzua Bridge Skywalk State Park.
This trail ends at the skywalk. Visitor center and restrooms at the skywalk.

Accordion

An excellent addition to the Rail Trail world

We walked a bit more than half the trail from Kinzua Bridge today and it's one of the best designed and maintained we've encountered. We plan to go back to hike from the Mount Jewett end tomorrow to finish the whole length. We'll be adding it to our list of Rails-to-Trails donations each year going forward.

As a bonus, as we were hiking in the woods along the trail, a train travelled the current rails, not far off. I love having an actual train running nearby when I'm hiking rail trails, so a great day after Thanksgiving hike.

Beautiful

Very nice walking path with great scenery, took our 2 small dogs with us & they loved it! Only were able to do about 3 miles due to a thunderstorm but it was perfect. Started at the Bridge, next time maybe we’ll start in Jewett.

Cool new trail that takes you right to the Kinzua Skywalk!!!

Eventually this will be just the north end of a 74 mile trail. Can’t wait to see it completely surfaced on all 74 miles!!!

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