Allegheny River Trail

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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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 26.8 miles Elevation Gain: 810 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

paved

rails trails

river

views

wild flowers

The trail is made on the remnants of an old rail line and follows the Allegheny River closely.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

only did an up and back short section, hiking, from Brandon. tried to start at kennerdell in town but the old parking lot is now in private hands and no longer has access to the trail.

Thu Sep 13 2018

start in emlenton and ride to Franklin. make sure you stop at trails to ales for some of the best pizza and beer...then stop at bibos for an ice cream cone on the way back to emlenton

mountain biking
Wed May 30 2018

We started off in Emlenton on this trail, Tuesday May 29. Went to about 10 miles away from Franklin and turned around. About 34 miles total up and back. Emlenton is a great starting point since you are going upriver toward Franklin, then down grade all the way back. We brought the best and brightest lights and even those were minimal for the tunnels. Bugs were bothersome while stopped. One of the best trails I have ever ridden. Would definitely go again and do the same exact ride. B

Sun May 06 2018

My favorite trail to ride. 2 long tunnels flashlights required. Most bike headlamps are of no use. If you have a expensive one you might be ok. It’s all very flat with nice views of the river and some gorgeous cabins in spots. If you get a few miles from Franklin you can push your bike up the stairs and cross the bridge and enjoy a much longer ride. I haven’t tried that trail all the way down but next time for sure.

Fri Nov 03 2017

Love this trail!

hiking
Tue Mar 14 2017

easy hike, beautiful scenery

mountain biking
Tue Dec 01 2015

I am not too steady on a bike but the scenery kept my mind off it.

mountain biking
Sun Nov 29 2015

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.

road biking
Mon Sep 14 2015

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.

road biking
Sun Apr 05 2015

http://www.avta-trails.org/maps.html This is the link, I thought it would show up on the post as I put it under Helpful Link.

Thu Mar 26 2015

Link for the Allegheny Valley Trails Association, which oversees this trail: http://www.avta-trails.org/index.html

Sat Apr 19 2014

I have hiked and biked this particular stretch many times over the years. Very clean, scenic and well-groomed.

Thu Sep 05 2013

This is actually the Samuel Justus Trail. The Allegheny River Trail is a 34 mile trail that runs south from Franklin to Parker.

mountain biking
Tue Jul 09 2013

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.

hiking
Mon Aug 13 2012

Easy trail. Nice access to the river and lots of history associated with the trail!

road biking
Tue Aug 07 2012

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.

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recorded Allegheny River Trail

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recorded Allegheny River Trail

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recorded Allegheny River Trail

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