Welcome to the Redbank Valley Trail
Redbank Valley Trails is a 51-mile non-motorized, 4-season trail currently being developed and improved mainly by volunteers. Please check for updates on current improvements, including work beginning on May 23rd at the Climax Tunnel which may last through mid-June, followed by extensive repairs inside the tunnel. Please use the tunnel bypass or detour routes around the tunnel.
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.
Brookville’s Depot Street Spur is open with improvements planned this Summer and 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. There is also a 9-mile unimproved spur from Lawsonham to Sligo also in Clarion County that will be improved when funding and volunteer availability permits.
“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…”