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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. 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 two 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. Also on the agenda is completing the trail from Lamont southwesterly to the Elk/Forest County Line.
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.
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