Redbank Valley Trails is a 51-mile non-motorized, 4-season trail currently being developed and improved mainly by volunteers. It 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 42) in Brookville, Jefferson County. There is also a 9-mile spur from Lawsonham to Sligo also in Clarion County.
The area downstream of the Climax Tunnel at MP 17 to St. Charles Road has recently been improved with crushed limestone. Downstream of St. Charles Road to the Allegheny and the Sligo Spur are open but have not been improved at this time, although our volunteers continue to work to make improvements. Areas downstream of Lawsonham from mile 6 to mile 1 are very rough with trees down and landslides that will require much work.
Donations are needed and appreciated to fund maintenance and additional improvements to the trail. Trail improvements began only in late 2010. Please be patient with us as we work to develop and maintain the trails.
ACCESS LIMITATIONS DUE TO WORK IN PROGRESS:
The trail is currently CLOSED for safety reasons near Hawthorn from the Pine Run Bridge (MP 24.77) to Mayport Road near MP 25.52 while sewage lines are installed for nearby communities.
The trail is accessible from Fairmount City (MP 21) to Hawthorn and to the Pine Run Bridge at MP 24.77, but PLEASE USE CAUTION and watch for sewage line and plant construction vehicles in the area.
The CLIMAX TUNNEL IS CLOSED while work is done to repair the ceiling. Construction vehicles, materials and workers will be in the vicinity and in the tunnel. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE TUNNEL FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.
PLEASE CHECK OUR CURRENT STATUS REPORT AND FACEBOOK for current trail conditions. Current Status 12-11-14 Use of the trail is at your own risk.
Please use caution and do not approach wildlife. Bear, deer, snakes and other wildlife frequent the trail area in natural areas. Be aware of your surroundings. It is recommended that you and your pets wear orange during hunting seasons which include the months of September through March.
Redbank Valley Trails connects to the Armstrong Trail and from there to the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance trails, the Great Allegheny Passage to D.C., and will eventually connect from Rockwood on the Passage to the 9-11 Memorial Trail when that trail is developed. It is also part of an initiative to connect Pittsburgh via the Redbank Valley Trails to Ridgway in the heart of the PA Wilds.
Board meetings will now be held at 5 PM on the 1st Mondays in odd months at the Brookville Presbyterian Church and in even months at the New Bethlehem Presbyterian Church. Meetings are open to the public.
Annual membership renewals are due in January and are much appreciated.
Redbank Valley Trails Association was awarded a grant in December 2014 by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to install a canoe/kayak launch at the very scenic Moore Road parking area under the Rev. Dr. Joseph Mateer bridge. The location is near a loop in the Redbank Creek near the “notch.” Work is projected to be completed in 2015.
All 13 miles of the trail in Jefferson County have now been improved, including from Baxter to Coder at miles 36-39 in Jefferson County. Check out the beautiful ride to Brookville at Mile 41 from Mayport or from the Summerville trailhead at Mile 34.
Work has begun on rehabilitation of the Climax Tunnel at Mile Post 17 in Clarion County to fix a large fall of bricks from the ceiling. Work on the tunnel should continue through most of 2015 with grant funding to rehabilitate and open the tunnel.
Volunteers will also be working between the Climax Tunnel and the open naturally carved Long Point Tunnel and then on to the Allegheny River. We also hope to do more work on the Sligo Spur in 2015.
Watch for our fundraising events as we try to raise enough money to make additional improvements and open the trail and the area to greater recreational and economic opportunities.
RVTA will be participating in the Community Foundation Day of Giving on May 14, 2015, when your donations will be matched on a percentage basis to make your dollars go farther! Your contributions are always welcomed and deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information see the attached flyer.2014-RVTA-Day-of-Giving-Flyer. Thanks to all who contributed on May 8, 2014 and throughout the year.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS are encouraged and due in January. All renewals help RVTA improve the trail and are much appreciated.
EVENTS: Thank you to our sponsors and many participants in the Run the Redbank II on October 25th, 2014 and the 4th annual Kessa’s Blessings Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, 2014.