Turn right into the parking lot. Enjoy a leisurely float and paddle along all or part of the Middle Allegheny River Water Trail, a 107-mile stretch of river canoeable year ‘round that’s both beginner and family-friendly. I use a 250 Lumen LED light mounted on my handlebars with a simple bracket I bought on eBay. The trail is very remote in places, so a patch kit and a biking partner is highly recommended. To reach the trailhead in Emlenton from I-80, take Exit 42 to PA 38/Oneida Valley Road. This is pretty much it as far as services in that area! The historic railroad tunnels are best accessed from the emlenton end. The very level asphalt path makes for a peaceful, easy ride. Nice restaurants in Franklin.....Leonardo's pizza great; Benjamin's Roadhouse has nice variety also. We saw a mama deer with her fawn, numerous chipmunks, and various birds. We were told about the land owner near mile 13 that has the trail blocked. All reviews allegheny river bike ride trail light section miles bikes deer wildlife tons charisma2015 wrote a review Jun 2019 Wantage, New Jersey 256 contributions 70 helpful votes Over 300 miles from the river system’s beginning, the lower Allegheny River joins the Monongahela River at Pittsburgh’s Point State Park to form the Ohio River. It is part of the 270-mile Erie to Pittsburgh Trail that one day will link Presque Isle on Lake Erie with Pittsburgh, where it will join the, Starting just south of the US 322 bridge into downtown Franklin—also the western endpoint for the Samuel Justus Recreation Trail—you’ll pass a couple of. The two tunnels were gorgeous, but the Rockland Tunnel needs some work due to water leakage into the tunnel. Start across from Emporium Country Club Rt. Also note that the Allegheny River Trail is below the big bridge where the Sandy Creek Trail crosses the Allegheny River period on a GPS altitude is not available and so it appears as though the two Trails connect. vicky1960- Thank you for your pictures and reviews of the trails. The Rockland tunnel is in bad shape from the winter. Another issue was finding parking areas between Emlenton and Sandy Creek. Trail services in Emlenton. Emlenton has an IGA grocery store should you want snacks, and there is a pizza shop in town on the main road. Trail follows the river and is basically flat and asphalt paved. Second, the .85 mile rocky detour that divides the southern and northern sections is not a minor inconvenience - it is nasty and feels like ten miles rather than just under one. The islands are located between Buckaloons Recreation Area and Tionesta, Pennsylvania. Even with a good LCD light we were still riding in the dark so the pavement reflectors were the only thing showing our way. Go 0.3 mile, crossing the bridge, and turn left onto Perryville Road. Head north on PA, go 16.4 miles. Four miles past the viewing platform, the trail veers onto gravelly North Kent Road for 0.75 mile through the Sunny Slopes community. We only saw the one porta potty at the trail head in Emlenton. allegheny river small boat harbors, ramps, landings, etc.....sheets 4 through 10 Revised: 1 January 2004 Information shown on this chart is a general depiction of the waterway and adjacent areas only and is not in anyway to be cons trued as representing precise or accurate dimensions, portrayals, features, or … that make a trail truly user friendly. Becareful it is steep. Registration: must be registered with PA-DCNR or a reciprocating state. Contact the PA-DCNR at 1-866-545-2476 or visit their website for more information. To reach the trailhead in Parker, follow the directions above to PA 268 S. Go 5.5, turn left onto PA 368. There's also nice resting areas that offer great views of the Allegheny River. Two long tunnels that are DARK, so make sure you have a really good light. So at this almost 14 mile point, we rode back to Emlenton. The best part was the wildlife. It looks like it's pointing to the woods but if you look below, you will see the steps. At the end of the bridge, you can stay on the trail which is the Sandy Creek Trail. The trail is great except for a short portion where the locals did not allow trail builders access to the old railray. Allegheny River Trail is a 26.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Franklin, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. This is a really nice trail! Not a big issue if you are riding a trail bike. Once in a while you might encounter the tractor mowing the grass along the side. ", "This is one of the best trails in Pennsylvania. The trails are not directly linked, but you get from one to the other using the "bicycle staircase". We loved this ride. We rode from Emlenton to Brandon, covering 35.5 miles roundtrip. Definitely check it out. I don't think these folks realize that they are fortunate to have such a great trail so close to their homes. Access the trailhead at the southern end of the parking lot, on the left side of River Road. Sunday May 1st, I broke camp and biked back down the trail from where I came the day before, but continued past the Belmar Bridge heading South along the trail. 7. Msahli85 covered it nicely. Looking forward to doing the Emelenton-->Oil City (or perhaps farther) trip again! . A 4.5-mile trail gap exists between Emlenton and Foxburg. The tunnels add a little zing. Each time I thought I had hit the pinnacle of scenery, I went around a bend and saw an even more spectacular view. We had pizza at the campgrounds. Mr. Higgins organized an effort to have the Allegheny River Valley Trail … Every 4th of July we ride from Emlenton to Kennerdell, about 12 miles round trip. We did a total of 24.5 miles, out and back. We were not disappointed either. Heed the warnings about a flashlight. We frequent this trail, different sections each time. As always, another great ride on this trail! The highlight of our visit was observing the bald eagles near Belmar and the beauty and history of the Oil Creek trail. Pros: spectacular scenery, paved surface, history, tunnels! TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy, We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors, US 322 & Bredinsburg Road (Franklin) to Main St. at River Ave. (Emlenton and Main St. at River Road (Foxburg) to Perryville Road at PA 368 (Parker). The rest of the pavement is in good condition but this new asphalt is really nice. Three sections totaling 86.6 miles have even been designated “Wild and Scenic” by Congress. from US 322 & Bredinsburg Road (Franklin) to Main St. at River Ave. (Emlenton to Main St. at River Road (Foxburg) to Perryville Road at PA 368 (Parker). Bella Cucina is good, but for eclectic tastes. The rails to trails instruction from Google and the map from AAA told us to take Dotterer Rd. All the camps are so nice along the way too! To best navigate the tunnels shine your flashlight at the reflectors on the paved trail and you will be guided to the other end. So there is no way to get change. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail System is a 37-mile trail and greenway system that goes through Downtown Pittsburgh running along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. Allegheny River Valley Trail - Town of Allegany The Allegheny River Valley Trail is a 5.6 mile loop, 10' wide asphalt multi use recreational trail, located in the Town of Allegany, Town and City of Olean and St. Bonaventure University, click map below for full version in pdf format. We went from Kennerdell to Foxburg. My wife and I are rec. Started out at the trail head in Emlenton and rode to Franklin. which follows a gravel road that is not suitable to ride with skinny tires, but it is well worth the walk to complete the entire trail. We are from the Cleveland, Ohio area. I would like to do the rest of the trail someday. Go 0.3 mile, crossing the bridge, and turn left onto Perryville Road. A road bike and even a hybrid may have some issues with the heavy gravel and washouts. Began in emlenton, (drive down bike path to parking) after 1st tunnel went off the trail up fairly steep hill about a 1/2 mile to Freedom Falls. Don't try going on the path past the stairway - it leads nowhere. bikes. For now, the link http://themanfromvan.tripod.com is a working one. However, the rest of the ride to Oil City was quite enjoyable even though it rained through most of Day 1. The tunnels were fun, and we were glad to have our headlights along for them as they are quite dark. Enjoy a leisurely float and paddle along all or part of the Middle Allegheny River Water Trail, a 107-mile stretch of river canoeable year ‘round that’s both beginner and family-friendly. Looking forward to riding closer to Emlenton on this trail and then back to Sandy Creek Trail. This nearly 3 mile section is a part of the Allegheny River Trail that ends / begins in Emlenton. And we had heard that this tunnel was darker than the Rockland Tunnel...that is correct...very long and dark. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is an expansive 33‑mile urban riverfront trail system along both sides of all three rivers in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The Emlenton side is newly open, you don't have to sneak over a gate anymore. I was just about to suggest that we turn around when we heard voices behind us. I realize it wasn't really wilderness, as there were many people and homes on the dirt road. So, if the link above becomes a dead one before I get all this ironed out, you can see my trail pictures, along with those of some other area attractions, at http://picasaweb.google.com/1themanfromvan Thanks to everyone who has visited my site in the past !! Turn left at the end of the bridge and continue to the trailhead. At Brandon, there is a self serve beverage place. Downstream, the Tionesta and Lighthouse Island access sites include boat launch ramps, and visitors can also find lodging, shopping, and dining in Tionesta, a charming town surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest. Franklin PA is a fairly decent sized town with gas stations, restaurants and other stores. The south end of Rockland was a bit drippy for the first 70 feet or so, otherwise both tunnels were dry. The trail follows the route used by the Allegheny Valley Railroad, later the Allegheny Division of Pennsylvania Railroad, to haul oil. Friendly people along the trail. But our suggestion would be to park in Emlenton! Best bike trail in Pennsylvania and Longest linear national historic park in America. The size of the Allegheny River and the constant release of water from Kinzua Dam make the Middle Allegheny River Water Trail canoeable almost all year long. I'll do it again in a couple of weeks if the weather permits, the trees should be in full autumn color by then. Lovely path, full of interesting sights and not crowded at all. Go 0.2 mile, and turn right onto Main St., and then go 300 feet, and look for parking on the right. TRAIL GUIDES & MAPS Water trail guides show "trail heads" (boat launch and take-out points) and provide background about the scenic, historic and geologic points of interest along the way. Biked from Franklin to South of Brandon where the asphalt ends and gravel section starts. Finally we turned around when other riders told us that nothing was available. I will be going back in June 2020 to do the trail, stay at the B&B and also do the Blues n BBQ event in franklin. We had dinner the first night at the Little It Deli (good Italian food) in Emlenton. Was planning on connecting with the Sandy Creek trail, but as others have posted, for now there is only a steep stairway connecting the two (see pic). This rock is on the National Register of Historic Places, but there were no signs at all to describe what you are seeing. Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism. We got off the trail at the Kennerdell tunnel and rode on the road to Marlowe's Campground near the tunnel. Nice asphalt pavement the entire way. However, in 1992 Joseph Higgins, an Olean businessman, set his sights on making it a reality. After a while we could not see our hands in front of our faces and could only go forward walking and feeling the edge of the pavement with our feet. There are some resort-ish/cabins (right after a non-paved diversion) along the path with some people who are oblivious to biking traffic. I plan on visiting this trail again, and can't wait for them to complete the extensions they're working on. Besides the 1/2 mile connector the trail was absolutely stunning. Pennsylvania boasts an impressive network of hiking trails – rated easy to difficult – that make exploring the state so much easier and so much more exciting. After Emlenton, there is no easy path to Foxburg. The trail was completed in 1998 as an 8 10 foot wide paved asphalt trail. 1 -- Allegheny Wild and Scenic River Water Trail : 87 miles — Kinzua Dam to Emlenton Trail guide Trail map: Trail Sponsors U.S. Forest Service - Allegheny National Forest Oil Heritage Region: 2 -- Three Rivers Water Trail : Allegheny River (12 miles) — Oakmont to Mouth (Ohio River Confluence) I would give the trail a 4-4.5 only because of the lack of facilities and the maintenance needed on the trail. The Samuel Justus Trail travels south from Oil City to Franklin, then continues as the Allegheny River Trail to Emlenton. TAKE THE LEFT FORK! Trail is flat and asphalt paved in very good condition. Don't forget your light in the tunnels! The tunnels are cool ( physically and fun wise) and another thanks for the suggestion to bring lights.. Definitely needed! We're from Wisconsin where there is generally a little town every 5 to 7 miles from the days when steam engines need to take on water that often, and you can usually find a bathroom if you'd like to do the opposite. The fall colors are beautiful, so I'm glad that we experienced it! We stopped and talked to some along the way. ; Children 15 or younger: must be directly supervised by an adult 18 years or older AND have a safety certificate. The marine navigation app provides advanced features of a marine chartplotter including adjusting water level offset and custom depth shading. It was a weekday and the trail had few people on it but they were friendly. A beautiful, peaceful ride along the river. Parked at the Saltbox/Trailhead on Route 322 in Franklin. The tunnels were around miles 7 and 12.25 going north from Emlenton. Headed back the next morning with a new light and a great appreciation for one of the nicest trails around. Some ice still remained in the Rockland Tunnel. This is a good novice and family canoe and kayak river. The trail connects Downtown to adjacent city areas including Oakland, … Ridiculous and mean-spirited. Views were spectacular. Trail map of the Allegheny River Trail from US 322 & Bredinsburg Road (Franklin) to Main St. at River Ave. (Emlenton to Main St. at River Road (Foxburg) to Perryville Road at PA 368 (Parker). There are two very long, VERY DARK tunnels so you need a good strong light to use to stay on the asphalt. At the end of the bridge, I had to go down a very steep set of steps. Head north on PA 38, go 0.3 mile, and turn right onto PA 208/Emlenton Clintonville Road. We were surprised to discover that the trail is paved from the Saltbox to Emlenton. ". To continue on the trail you have to take a bumpy gravel dirt road for a few miles then the trail does pick up again at the Kennerdell tunnel for more miles of asphalt. Back on the asphalt trail, you’ll pass through the 3,300-foot-long. I chose to go Northalong this trail up to Franklin. I have to caution other riders on the last long, downhill grade. From Franklin the Belmar Bridge is approx 5 miles and go another 3.5 miles for Indian God Rock, on the National Register of Historic places. My flashlight was about worthless and it was like being in a coal mine at midnight!Headed up North and rode until end of the Samuel Justus Trail. tunnel about 2 miles further on. The lower tunnel was also quite chilly. tunnels have doglegs and are dark, so you’ll need a flashlight. Maybe Pennsylvania could do the same. Everything from chipmunks to wild turkeys to deer are frequently spotted along the trail, while eagles rule the sky overhead. Take time to visit the Freedom Falls located up a steep, but doable road just outside the far end of the first tunnel. I understand that the section south of Kennerdell is now paved and is ultimatly planned to go all the way south to Emlenton. View amenities, descriptions, reviews, photos, itineraries, and directions on TrailLink. To reach the northern trailhead in Franklin from I-80, take Exit 29 to PA 8/Pittsburgh Road. The stretch of river from Tionesta to Hunter’s Station is one of the most beautiful on the Allegheny, and here, you can even spend the night on one of the many remote wilderness islands in the middle of the river. 6 miles in between tunnels. A portion of the trail has some cottages and homes, but other parts are secluded and quiet. Conewango Creek. At this point, you're only about a mile from Foxburg, so hopefully the ART folks can work it out with whoever controls the property or properties to be able to close that gap. We parked in Franklin and biked South to just passed Brandon. Though only a few miles in length, you can go back and forth. your eyes open for wildlife when you visit the Allegheny River Trail. Conestoga River. The map shows towns, highways, access areas, camping areas and major islands. Being October, the trail was heavily covered in fallen leaves, which made it difficult to see the hooved up asphalt on the trail. The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is MCKEESP which is approximately 11 miles away and has an elevation of 740 feet (28 feet higher than Allegheny River). Franklin to Emlenton, and back for a 55 mile round trip, then went up the Justus Trail for a few more miles to round off to 60. If you're coming south, watch for the end of the pavement near a 3-bay white garage on the left. We went though both tunnels so make sure you have a light. Great areas to stop and picnic or swim. ", "If you'd like to see more photos of the Allegheny River, Sandy Creek and Justus Trails go to:www.themanfromvan.comThis is my home turf and I ride these trails almost daily when the weather permits. Even with a light it was still a bit creepy. 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