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To reach the lower trail head and parking, From Freeport, PA
Travel 2.9 miles on State Route 128 (2nd St), Take Route 356 toward Leechburg, Pa
Stay on Highway 356 to Garvers Ferry Road (blinking signal light), Turn Right onto Garvers Ferry Road.
Travel 4.1 miles to right on Braeburn Road, travel .7 miles to bottom of hill.
Turn right at bottom of hill onto Arnold Rd.
Follow road .8 mile to parking and trailhead.
This is a short but scenic trail along the Allegheny River. Several marinas along the river and very steep slopes with picturesque ravines to the right. We rode South to North and cut it short around 2 mi since the trail turns into railroad gravel and messy black dirt. Nice pavilion in the middle with a nice restroom facility. The trail gets a lot of walker use. Surface was packed dirt but it appears to drain very well as it just rained and the trail was in great shape. The local official of Allegheny Township told me a grant was received to extend the trail further North to tie into Freeport, PA where several other trails currently terminate including the Butler Freeport Trail. Aside from the overflowing trash and littler at the Arnold end parking area, this trail was very nice and when it connects to Freeport, it will gain some new riders.
Currently the southernmost trail segment of the many miles of this railroad currently made into rail-trails, this short but absolutely wonderful little trail is a real joy to ride on. Just a little over 20 miles north of its Pennsylvania Railroad Union Station southern terminus (Read my dad's train travel story on this line on my Trail.Link.com CORRY JUNCTION GREENWAY TRAIL review dated 9-7-2012), this line carried freight and passengers between Pittsburgh, Oil City, Corry, and Brocton, New York, way up to Buffalo (250 miles!). Today, it's a quiet, peaceful, and shady little riverside retreat. First and foremost, TrailLink's access directions to this trail from PA-356 are SUPERB! Just follow the directions... The mileages are correct to a tee! Just ignore all those "enticing" (or perhaps confusing!) secondary cross-roads, and stay on Logans Ferry Road, as directed. The distance EXACTLY 4.1 miles from PA-356! The surface of this trail is pleasantly and uniquely SMOOTH. It is like riding on a glass... Smooth than asphalt. Some kind of sandy (but not mushy) surface. Marked in quarter and half-mile increments with white mileposts, Milepost 0 being the as-directed southern (Braeburn) access end of the trail, I noted the following: The sole railroad remnant on the finished trail is a 25-foot long concrete footer (purpose unknown) at Mile 1.0. The waterfaill (nice) is located at Mile 1.4, the toilet and picnic pavilion are both at Mile 1.6, and the end of the trail takes you to Mile 2.3. I pushed my railroad grade rideable mileage 0.3 miles on both ends, riding the unfinished (ballast and steam engine cinders) grade north to the first felled trees, and south through the riverside boating and picnic parking area to where the grade runs into the heavy overgrowth straight ahead, for a total trail mileage of 2.9 miles. This trail is a real joy... An absolutely pleasant and extremely well-maintained little piece of Allegheny Valley Railroad property. - Rich Ballash, Latrobe, PA 7-4-2014.
I entered this trail from McCane Hollow Road. Be aware that if you decide to use this entrance you have to park on the side of the road, as there isn't a parking lot.
When entering from the McCane Hollow side you walk down a paved trail that winds down the hillside and puts you at the base of the trail where you will find yourself behind nice houses that sit along the river.
Around the 1 mile marker there is a nice picnic area, and a restroom that makes a nice place to stop if you plan to walk the entire trail. If you are looking for a peaceful walk this is a perfect trail. I walked this entire trail and only saw 3 other people.
When you get closer to the entrance on Boggs way there noticeable difference i.e. Graffiti on benches, bullet holes in the entrance sign. With that being said, it is still a very nice trail.
If you are entering this trail from Boggs way there are roughly 12 or more parking spaces.
Nice smooth very level trail. Found a nice waterfall leading into the river. It is a hard to find trail with no entrance marking at this time.
Toward the end the trail gets a little rugged after the two mile mark but still good fun.
A beautiful, easy ride with a calm part of the Allegheny River to your left, very close, as you head north. Several stone waterfalls to your right, a nice outdoor restroom, some picnic tables along the way, too. A sandy, firm surface, easy for pedaling. Beautiful hillsides of flowers, like snowy white trillium. And the birds! You will hear them, see them, and love them. Nice people along the way: retirees, small families, couples. Personally, I love being THAT close, and I mean close, to the Allegheny. The way north is a bit uphill, making the south return a breeze. The only drawback, and this is trivial, is finding this place! We honestly had no trouble, but it is at the end of some increasingly unpopulated roads found near the edge of some housing areas that have suffered the collapse of a once-booming local industry. At the northern end of the trail, you can opt to go off the trail and ride along the river where beautiful river-front properties border a country club golf course. And that's a trip in itself! Do it!
Just in my back yard.. My sister inlaw and I go there everyday.We enjoy the trail easy to ride, very flat. well kept and nice scenery...
Nice trail, minutes from New Kensington area. Rode for the first time last week. Access road is newly resurfaced. Fairly shady on hot days. More of a two track dirt surface than crushed rock. Nice trail to get a quick little ride in.
I ride this trail every day.. and love the ride and the view of the River.. the previous reviews were right last rear the pot holes were bad .. the township did resurface the road and makes it much easier to access..
The trail is great. Gorgeous views up and down the river and its not too crowded. Access road at the south end of the trail leaves much to be desired. The road is full of huge car swallowing pot holes guaranteed to knock the fillings in your teeth loose and ruin your car's suspension.
The trail is great for walking or bikeing, but the road leading to it is very bad. I have a 4 wheel drive truck and can just make it. Some improvements to the road would make it better.
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