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Allegheny River Trail Oil Creek State Park Trail
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Pine Creek Rail Trail Sandy Creek Trail
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Allegheny River and Samuel Justus Recreational Trails

The two trails join at Franklin, PA, and together are 38 miles of paved biking along the Allegheny River and through woodland from Oil City to Emlenton. Old abandoned (and some working) oil wells, spectacular scenery through the Alleghenies and along the river. At the Belmar Bridge, the Allegheny Trail crosses the Sandy Creek Trail (see below).


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Location: Oil City to Emlenton, Venango and Clarion Counties, Pennsylvania (See map, left)
Distance: 38 miles combined
Surface: Paved
More information (open in a new window):
- Allegheny Valley Trails Association-Allegheny River & Samuel Justus Trails
Biking on the Allegheny River Trail
The trail runs from Franklin to Emlenton, crossing the Sandy Creek Trail at Belmar Bridge. Another shorter section then runs between Foxburg and Parker.
Trailhead at Franklin
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Start of Allegheny River Trail at Franklin River along the trail Along the trail near Franklin Franklin Trailhead, where Samuel Justus and Allegheny River Trails meet Mudfish and Bobcat at the trailhead park
Trailhead at Rockland Station - Rockland Tunnel
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Trailhead at Rockland Trail at Rockland Rockland Tunnel
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Trail has many benches and viewing spots Along the Allegheny River Trail near Rockland Allegheny River along the trail
Other Trailheads
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Trailhead and trail at Emlenton Dotter Rd. access point
Parker to Foxburg
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Foxburg Between Foxburg and Parker Parker

Samuel Justus Trail
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Samuel Justus Trail - Allegheny River Between river and mountain Very popular with bikers, walkers, and runners One of many old oil wells seen along the trail; one appeared to be still pumping. River Ridge estate and farm of an early oil mogul
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Samuel Justus Trailhead at Oil City Remnant of a power house that ran 14 wells along the river Trail in this section
runs between the river and a railroad track
Allegheny River
vista along the trail

Oil Creek State Park Trail

The park and surrounding area is the center of the first oil boom in the U.S.; Drake Well Museum is the site of the first commercial oil well, 1859. The scenic 9.7 mile paved trail is an easy ride that follows Oil Creek along an old rail bed. Trailheads are at Petroleum Centre at the south end and Drake Well Museum at the north end. Picnic tables, benches, restrooms, and rain shelters are located along the trail, and interpretative markers provide information on the area and its history.


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Location: Titusville, Venango County, Pennsylvania (See map, left)
Distance: 9.7 miles
Surface: Asphalt
More information (open in a new window):
- Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources-Oil Creek State Park
- Allegheny Valley Trails Association-Oil Creek State Park
- Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission-Drake Well Museum

Biking on the Oil Creek State Park Trail
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Trailhead at
Petroleum Centre
Start of trail at
Petroleum Centre
Trailhead at
Drake Well Museum
Start of trail at
Drake Well Museum
Riding on the trail
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Bridge over Oil Creek Deer along the trail Trail view, between
creek and mountain
Bench with scenic view of Oil Creek; the trail also has picnic tables and rain shelters North terminus of trail (left), connector to trailhead (right)

The Oil Industry
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Oil well re-creation at Drake Well trailhead Oil drilling
machinery
Barges were used to transport barrels of oil down Oil Creek to the Allegheny River Site of the first
successful oil pipeline
The Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad crosses the trail and creek here

Pine Creek Rail Trail

The trail runs on an old Jersey Shore, Pine Creek & Buffalo Railroad roadbed for 62 miles including 47 through Pine Creek Gorge - Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon. This is one of the most beautiful trails we've seen. The easy grade (no more than 2%) and crushed stone surface are an easy ride. Many access points, parking and facilities along the trail (along routes 414 and 44), views of the gorge, creek, waterfalls. Hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting are other activities. No wi-fi or cellphone service along the trail through the gorge.


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Location: Wellsboro Junction to Jersey Shore, Lycoming and Tioga Counties, Pennsylvania (See map, left)
Distance: 62 miles
Surface: Hard-packed gravel
Bike Rental/Shuttle: Pine Creek Outfitters
More information (open in a new window):
- Tioga County Visitors Bureau - Pine Creek Rail Trail
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Biking on the Pine Creek Rail Trail
Wellsboro Junction - northern terminus
Northern terminus is at Wellsboro Junction in Stokesdale, at the Butler Road access.
Parking, port-a-pottie.
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Parking area Trail entrance Trail at
Butler Access
View from
parking area
Darling Run Access
This is a popular area to start from. Use the shuttle service and bike 16 miles to the
pick-up up at Blackwell (MCullough Access). Parking, restrooms.
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Trail access at Darling Run To parking and facilities Remnant of the railroad Trail at Darling Run
Tiadaghton Campground
State-run campground, free. Parking, restrooms, camping, picnicking, launch.
We rode from the campground north to Turkey Path Trail.
It's a long, winding road to drive to the campground.
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Road to campground At end of the road, turn right past some  houses Staying to the left, go about 1/4 mile to the campground parking area At parking To campground, picnic and creek
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On the trail. Equestrian lane to the left - allowed between Ansonia and Tiadaghton More gorgeous views Trail at Turkey Path, Amish family Turkey Path is a steep climb 1 mile up to the overlook at Leonard Harrison State Park Deer on the trail
Blackwell - McCullough Access
We rode north to Tiadaghton Campground.
Parking, restrooms, launch, fishing
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Entrance to McCullough Access off route 414 Picnic and facilities Launch area From parking, a short ride on the road to the trail Trail entrance
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On the trail Creek and gorge, view from trail Benches located regularly along the trail Creek and gorge, view from trail One of many
bridges
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We saw many bikers along this section Nice shaded area Another view of creek and gorge from trail Approaching Tiadaghton Campground Back at the access, shuttle vans picking up bikers
Rattlesnake Rock
Parking, restrooms
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Parking and facilities at Rattlesnake Rock Trail to the trail Trail at Rattlesnake Rock
Slate Run
Parking, launch, fishing, general store, restaurant
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Slate Run parking and launch access Trail at Slate Run General Store has food, beverage, gas, shopping. Great deli sandwich. Trout fishing is popular
Clark Farm - Utceter Station
Trail parking and a launch
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Clark Farm access to trail and creek Trail at Clark Farm Trail crosses the road here Trail along the road Sign for boaters
Waterville
Trail parking, no water access
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Waterville Parking at Waterville Trail at Waterville
Jersey Shore - southern terminus
Parking, restrooms, rail exhibit. Shops and restaurants nearby.
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Trailhead parking and caboose display
at Jersey Shore
Trail at Jersey Shore An extension runs along the railroad track to Main Street
Pine Creek Gorge - Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon
Pine Creek Gorge is located in Tioga State Forest, 1,450 feet at its deepest point. From the 1800's and into the early 1900's the lumber industry stripped the gorge of trees, resulting in fires, floods and loss of wildlife. The lumber industry ending, in the 1930's the CCC planted over 1 million trees for reforestation. Today, the area is protected as a State Natural Area.
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Pine Creek Gorge from Colton State Park - Pine Creek Rail Trail at the bottom Facilities were built by the CCC in the 1930's Pine Creek Gorge from
Leonard Harrison State Park

Sandy Creek Trail

Very scenic 12-mile trail from Van to Fisherman's Cove, PA. Follows Sandy Creek over seven bridges and through a tunnel before crossing the Allegheny River over the Belmar Bridge, then follows the Allegheny to trail end. A set of stairs at the bridge goes down to the Allegheny River Trail (see above).


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Location: Van to Fisherman's Cove, Venango County, Pennsylvania (See map, left)
Distance: 12 miles
Surface: Asphalt
More information (open in a new window):
- Allegheny Valley Trails Association-Sandy Creek Trail
Biking on Sandy Creek Trail
Trail at Rockland, Sandy Creek Tunnel
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Trailhead parking
at Rockland
Along the trail One of seven bridges over the winding creek Sandy Creek from bridge Sandy Creek Tunnel
Rockland to Van
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Leaving Rockland Along the trail Another bridge View of creek
from bridge
Parking at Van
Sandy Creek Trail - Belmar Bridge
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Belmar Bridge over Allegheny River Stairway next to the bridge goes down to the Allegheny River Trail Allegheny River from Belmar Bridge

More information on biking in Pennsylvania (opens in a new window):
- State of Pennsylvania-Biking in State Parks
- Rails to Trails Conservancy-Bike Trails in Pennsylvania

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