ALLEGHENY RIVER TRAIL:
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Last Updated: June 22, 2013
Length: Allegheny River Trail; 27.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved rail trail.
To Start from Emlenton; From I-80 take exit 45 to Routes 28/208 west into Emlenton. When Routes 28/208 turn left across the river continue straight along Main St. When the road turns left continue straight past the Post Office to the parking lot. Signs lead the way through town.
The Allegheny River Trail & Samuel Justus Trail follow the former rail bed of the Allegheny Valley Railroad. The Samuel Justus Trail travels south from Oil City to Franklin, then continues as the Allegheny River Trail to Emlenton. There are two railroad tunnels on the ART. The Kennerdell Tunnel, 3350’ long and the Rockland Tunnel, 2868’ long. The trail is paved through the tunnels and three rows of reflectors mark the trail edges and center. Both tunnels are very dark. Bring a light! A gap currently exists south between Emlenton and Foxburg (south of I-80), where the trail continues about 4 miles to Parker’s Landing. North of Oil City in Oil Creek SP you'll find the 9.7 mile paved Oil Creek SP Bike Trail which runs north to Titusville and hopefully one day will connect to the Samuel Justus Trail. Also, in Franklin the paved Sandy Creek Trail travels 12 miles east to Cranberry. I only had time to bike a short section of the Allegheny River Trail from Emlenton to the Rockland Tunnel so that's all I'll report on. For more information visit; ALLEGHENY RIVER TRAIL & ALLEGHENY VALLEY TRAILS ASSOC .
Starting from Emlenton; You'll find a map board, Porto-potty and gazebo at the start of the trail. Informational signs here as well. The paved trail travels above the Allegheny River to your left and enters the woods after 0.5 miles. Mile markers are placed every 1/2 mile along the trail (starting from Franklin?). The trail parallels the river the whole way. Cross a creek at 2.9 miles. Pass by a platform at 4.1 miles overlooking the river. Look right to spot a nice stone arched bridge. After 5.5 miles you come to the stone arched Rockland Tunnel. Dark, no lights through the tunnel. Three sets of reflectors help guide you through. Try and stay focused on the center reflector. After a 1/2 mile you'll emerge on the other end. Some informational signs located here, as well as a parking area off Rockland Station Rd. The paved trail picks up again at 6.1 miles. This is as far as I traveled.
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