Allegheny River Trail is a 15.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franklin, PA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
The Allegheny River Trail is a 34.2 mile asphalt trail that runs from Franklin to Parker. The trail is made on the remnants of an old rail line and follows the Allegheny River closely.
I am not too steady on a bike but the scenery kept my mind off it.
After three days of hiking I borrowed a bike and did this scenic and easy trail this morning. Somehow I have lost the chip with the pictures but there are 27 uploaded by others already so mine are not needed. Speaking of pictures, this ride is constant photo op. Pick your photo from nature to history; from river views to a beautiful trail.
As others have stated this map indicates the Samuel Justus Trail not the Allegheny River Trail. Road the Allegheny trail from Franklin to the Belmar Bridge. Trail is well maintained with wonderful views of Allegheny River. Hoping they come up with a better link between the Allegheny and Sandy Creek trails, stairs between the two can be difficult. Plan on returning to ride more of it.
This is the link, I thought it would show up on the post as I put it under Helpful Link.
Great information from the Allegheny Valley Trails Association, which I should have included in my review.
Information on the Allegheny River Trail, the Samuel Justus Trail, Sandy Creek Trail, Oil Creek State Park Trail, and the Two Mile Run County Park. If you are into doing 100 miles/day, you honestly could do this on the Allegheny River Trail, doing the whole length, adding on the Samuel Justus Trail, and hauling your bike up the steps to Sandy Creek Trail (five miles down from the Franklin parking lot) and riding up and back and down and returning to the steps to ART and finishing. As noted in other posts, you don't need a headlight for the tunnel on Sandy Creek Trail, but will for the two at the south end of the ART which are much longer.
As already mentioned, the trail shown on the map is the Samuel Justus Trail that runs from the Allegheny River Trail to Oil City. It is a beautiful trail for scenery with the Allegheny river on one side and wooded area on a steep upslope on the other side. This wooded area is chock full of Mountain Laurel which blooms in June, so traveling this trail in June would be an extra bonus in beauty.
Link for the Allegheny Valley Trails Association, which oversees this trail:
I have hiked and biked this particular stretch many times over the years. Very clean, scenic and well-groomed.
This is actually the Samuel Justus Trail. The Allegheny River Trail is a 34 mile trail that runs south from Franklin to Parker.
Biked this section as part of the Clarion North Country Trail Geotrail. The geotrail extends far beyond this stretch of trail and includes 2 very long tunnels that you need a flash light to get through. Makes for a very good day trip.
Easy trail. Nice access to the river and lots of history associated with the trail!
This is a fantastic trail. I would say it's used mostly for biking, but there are many hikers and runners from Franklin to about the Belmar Bridge, then it's too far for most by foot. It actually is 34 paved miles from Just south of Franklin to Emlinton, PA. It not only includes fantastic vistas of the Allegheny River but also two old railroad bridges and two huge tunnels. Be sure to bring a light. The tunnels are so long that you can't see your "light at the end of the tunnel" for several minutes. This is actually a system of well kept trails that includes the 5 mile Samual Justice trail from Franklin to Oil City and the Sandy Creek trail that branches off at the Belmar Bridge. For more information including printable maps , you can visit the Allegeny Valley Trail Association at http://www.avta-trails.org/maps.html. I suggest this trail in the early fall, just as the leaves are changing. The views are inspiring.