Welcome to the Redbank Valley Trail
TRAIL ALERT! Trail improvement may be underway in the next couple of weeks (mid to end July 2016) between miles 6 at Lawsonham and mile 11.4 with application of crushed limestone. Please be aware that large trucks may be delivering the crushed limestone and volunteers will be working. The surface may be soft for some time thereafter until the surface hardens.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! Please see the flyer Knotweed Knock Down Day for details which work continues. All help in cutting down this invasive plant before it seeds will be appreciated.
NEWS! Brookville’s Depot Street Spur is now open. A grand opening dedication is now planned for August 13th. The spur connects from the Redbank Valley Trail just west of (before) the Rose Siding Bridge directly to S. White St./Rt. 36 in Brookville across from the Giant Eagle.
Redbank Valley Trails is a 51-mile non-motorized, 4-season trail currently being developed and improved mainly by volunteers. 24 miles of continuous trail have been improved from the Climax Tunnel at Mile 17 to Brookville at mile 41.5, except for about a half mile that has not received crushed limestone near Fairmount City at mile 21.39. Please check for updates on current improvements, including extensive repairs that will be done inside the Climax Tunnel to support the roof. The Climax Tunnel is closed. Do not enter it. Please use the forest path tunnel bypass or road detour route around the tunnel. Some temporary closures may occur in the next month in the Fishbasket area while stream bank stabilization work is done.
The trail was recognized by DCNR as PA’s first Trail of the Year for 2014 for its scenic beauty, connections to other trails and the amazing dedication and hard work of our volunteers.
42 miles parallel the scenic Redbank Creek through mostly natural areas over many bridges and stone arches. The trail travels from the confluence with the Allegheny River (MP 0) through New Bethlehem in Clarion County at the mid-point, touching on Armstrong County, through Hawthorn (near the Redbank Valley Municipal Park), Summerville and continuing currently to just beyond the Rose Siding Bridge, near Maple Street, (and MP 41) in Brookville, Jefferson County.
There is also a 9-mile unimproved spur from Lawsonham at mile 6 to near Sligo also in Clarion County that will be improved when funding and volunteer availability permit.
“Beautiful trail! Ideal for walking, running, and biking! Bring the family!”
“I frequently use the trail for running and skiing. It is always a nice, peaceful place to enjoy nature and its beauty.”
“This is one of the finest rail trails ever created. Beautiful scenery. Everyone I encountered was friendly and cheerful.”
“Beautiful trail for walking; the surface makes walking easy. Beautiful scenery. Thank you volunteers for all your hard work!”
“Love walking the trails in New Bethlehem, easy access and very well kept.”
“I’m excited to have the trail so close to us! My kids will definitely be on it this summer!”
“We LOVE these trails and use them frequently! Beautiful views and nice surfaces. Thank you to all the volunteers for their hard work!”
“Enjoy running on the trail – brings back memories of the of the railroad.”
“I LOVE the trail, when I ride, I see the beautiful sights, to me it’s like meditation in motion, very relaxing…”
“…the scenery we experienced was among the best of all the trails we have been on…”
“The Redbank Valley Trail is a diamond in the rough and will only get better with time.”
“The views are so beautiful and the RVTA has done an awesome job making it enjoyable to ride and hike on!”
“Incredible work to open a beautiful trail.”
“Scenery that rivals the best trails in the country with a hard working terrific group of volunteers…”