West Creek Recreational Trail

Pennsylvania

West Creek Recreational Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Cameron
Length: 18 miles
Trail end points: St. Marys and Industrial Road, just east of Route 120 (Emporium)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8206139
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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West Creek Recreational Trail Description

The West Creek Recreational Trail begins in the northern Pennsylvania community of Emporium and heads 18 miles west to the City of St. Marys in Elk County.

The crushed-stone pathway follows the former route of the Allegheny & Eastern Railroad, a division of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Company. Restaurants, lodging, and shopping are available along the way, as well as natural areas where you might spot deer, elk, bear, and birds.

Parking and Trail Access

There are trailheads in both Emporium and St. Mary's.

West Creek Recreational Trail Reviews

We started the trail at the point where it branches away from Rte 120. The trail from Emporium to this point looked uninteresting as it parallels the highway. The portion we rode toward St Mary's was more remote, edging along the stream. It was a steady climb toward St Mary's so I recommend that you ride in that direction. The return trip was easy riding down hill. We were disappointed that we did not see any wildlife in such a remote area, but you cannot have everything. The trail condition is decent. The stone is a little on the course side for hybrid and road tires but still very rideable. The trail looks like it is maintained for snow mobiling and the club that maintains it should be complimented for sharing this nice recreational trail.

This trail has now been extended to St. Marys , making it a 20 mile trail . Crushed limestone and very nice . Make sure you start in Emporium and go to St. Marys , its downhill on the way back .

Enjoyed a day in the PA Wilds, traveling this trail. It was a hot day but since the trail winds through the mountains, there were tree covered areas that provided shelter from the sun. Loved the unique mile markers on the trail. They were bird houses! Can't wait to return with cross country skis!

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