Knox Kane Rail Trail

Pennsylvania

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Knox Kane Rail Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: McKean
Length: 3.8 miles
Trail end points: Kinzua Bridge State Park and Center St. and Peterson St. (Mount Jewett)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 10292615
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Knox Kane Rail Trail Description

A 3.8-mile section of northern Pennsylvania's Knox Kane Rail Trail opened in McKean County in 2018. The crushed-stone pathway 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.

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. The trail is named for the former rail line it follows, the Knox and Kane Railroad, which was used for both freight and passenger service.

Parking and Trail Access

On the eastern end of the trail, parking is available at Kinzua Bridge State Park (296 Viaduct Road). Parking is also available on the western end of the trail at the Center Street trailhead in Mount Jewett.

Knox Kane Rail Trail Reviews

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.

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.

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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