Welcome to the Redbank Valley Trail
NEWS! Brookville’s Depot Street Spur is now open with an improved trailhead and parking area. 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.
TRAIL ALERTS! A contractor has begun work on Monday, August 15, weather permitting, at Fishbasket near mile 22 for stream bank stabilization and erosion issues. There may be temporary trail closures as trucks and equipment work on the trail between Route 28 and the Town Run Bridge and on the west side of Route 28 to Middle Run. A bypass is available using Route 28 with caution. Work is expected to last 4 to 6 weeks.
A similar project for stream bank erosion and stabilization is to get under way soon near St. Charles near mile 14.7.
Trail improvement may also be underway in the next weeks between miles 6 at Lawsonham and mile 11.0 and mile 0 to 1 of the Sligo Spur 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.
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 and another 17 miles from Climax to the Allegheny River where the trail connects to the Armstrong Trail. 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 and St. Charles areas while stream bank stabilization work is done by contractors.
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. The Depot Street Spur just before the Rose Siding Bridge leads into downtown Brookville, PA.
Improvements have begun on the Sligo Spur near Lawsonham at mile 6 north to near Sligo, in Clarion County, that will be improved as 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…”