Rail 66 Country Trail

Pennsylvania

Rail 66 Country Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Clarion
Length: 4.3 miles
Trail end points: SR 66 & SR 322 and SR 66 Clarion/Forest County line
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Cinder, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9230448
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Rail 66 Country Trail Description

Rail 66 Country Trail is a rustic trail paralleling Route 66,  that begins in Paint Township near the Clarion Junction (SR 322/SR 66) and extends north to the Clarion/Forest County line. The trail is currently under construction. A 4.3 mile completed section is surfaced and gated in Knox Township which is approximately 5 miles north of where the trail begins. An undeveloped, cinder base section of the trail starts at the north end of the completed section and extends to Arnold Avenue near the Village of Tylersburg. In total, 24 miles of the trail are under development. 

Rail 66 lies on the historic Knox-Kane railroad bed. The railroad began operations in 1982 after acquiring the right of wat from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The primary function of the line was movement of freight, although tourism surpassed it in the latter years of the railroad. The corridor was finally abandoned in 2006 due to a lack of ridership and immediately railbanked for interim trail use.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the historic Lucinda train station accessed by traveling north on SR 66 (Route 66) to T-580 (Maple Dr). Other parking areas include Lutz Drive in Snydersbrg and CarMate trailer dealership (32591 Route 66) in Leeper, north of Lucinda.

Rail 66 Country Trail Reviews

As of May, 2017: The finished section of the trail runs from mile 5 to approx mile 9. Finished as in some type of gravel on top of asphalt. Trail surface is rough. But passable. Would not recommend Rollerblading. You can bike it or go on foot. Parking in Lucinda at old train station....near the US post office. There are no trail signs along Route 66. We found it off Maple Drive in Lucinda. Trail will eventually begin at mile 0 along Route 322 in Shippensville behind the Italian Restaurant. Right now it's not even recognizable as a trail on that end. Just after Mile 9 the trail surface switches to cinder and hard dirt, I found it ok to bike on using a street bike. It seemed smoother than the gravel section. Someday it will be really nice....takes time!

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