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Rail 66 Country Trail is a rustic trail paralleling Route 66, that begins in the Village of Marianne near the Clarion Junction (SR 322/SR 66) and extends north to the Clarion/Forest County line. The trail is currently under construction. The trail is freshly paved making for a smooth and enjoyable ride for about 9 of the present 12 miles. However, a middle section from Paint-Knox Township Line to Whitney Lane (Snydersburg) has a tar-and-chip surface. 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 way 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 is available in the Village of Marianne at SR 322 just east of the SR 322/SR 66 intersection. It is next to Willow lane, and holds approx 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). Other parking areas include Lutz Drive in Snydersbrg and CarMate trailer dealership (32591 Route 66) in Leeper, north of Lucinda.
This was our first time on this trail and it looks like they are doing an amazing job fixing it up. We started at Leeper (parked at Car Mate) off of 66 and rode 12 Miles fo Marianne and back. Our mistake was starting in Leeper. It was mostly uphill on the way back. We almost got hit by tractor trailers and other vehicles at the road crossing because of blind curves and no crosswalks. The traffic on these main roads don’t yield to bikes. The state needs to correct this and have warning signs with flashing lights for road traffic and a crosswalk. If it hadn’t been for road work at one of the blind corners on a busy main road, we would have difficulty getting across just like we did on our way in to Marianne. We probably won’t return to this trail unless they make the crossings safer. Aside from the safety concerns, the trail was really nice. Thank you for your hard work!
Revisited this trail from last Summer and it has come a long way! Trail is nearly 13 miles completed, of which 9 miles are brand new asphalt pavement. The mid section is still a rough tar & chip surface. Their plans are to continue the trail North from Leeper.
We biked from Route 322 to Leeper, and back.
We parked in a new lot on Route 322 in the Village on Marianne. Paved lot holds about 15 cars and is located near a few places to eat. The trail goes South of 322 for a little bit but the surface is dirt.
Heading North out of Marianne there is smooth brand new asphalt pavement for approx 4.5 miles, where it meets up with the older section of the trail. Just under 3 miles you will pass the farm market, if they are open, they offer cold beverages for sale. There is also a large swing there.
Continuing North into Lucinda at approx 6.3 miles is the former train station with picnic tables, and a large parking area which holds approx 30 cars.
At mile 8.5, Lutz Drive in Snydersburg, is another parking area for approx 15 cars. A few tenths North is where the trail turns to new asphalt pavement. Formerly this section was cinder. The trail rolls through some pretty countryside including cornfields.
The trail ends (for now) at approx mile 12 at Car Mate trailers in Leeper. There is also parking in front of Car Mate. Car Mate is located on Route 66. Just North of Car Mate you will find the Sawmill Restaurant & Ice Cream. Also a small grocery store and a Dollar Store.
Plans for the future are to continue the trail North of Leeper to the Forest County Line.
An all around great trail!
A paved parking lot is now available on rte 322 near O'neals market and Dairy Queen; this is between rte 66 and the Clarion bridge, on 322. There is also parking, frequently used by trail users, though I don't know if it's official, on rte 66, near the entrance to Madden road, between Steiner road and Lucinda, Pa. This is in addition to the parking near the historical Lucinda train station.
Bring a camera. Lots of scenic farmscape and woods. Very smooth as so much is newly paved. This summer, check for seasonal farmers and local markets and a flea market, a cool dry goods store called Lander's, a junker's store and a couple of ice cream places. Great camping area.
Trail is now completely paved ,13 miles from route 322 to Leeper. Great addition to existing trails in this area.
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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