Redbank Valley Trails is a 51-mile non-motorized, 4-season trail currently being improved and maintained mainly by volunteers. 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. It is nearly level with less than a 1% grade except for 9-11% ramps at Middle Run Rd. at mile 21.75 and has few road crossings.
41.5 miles of continuous trail have been improved from the Allegheny River at Mile 0 to Brookville at mile 41.5, except for a July 19, 2019 flash flood washout disaster at Long Run at mile 19 where a 15 foot stone arch was destroyed creating a huge gap in the trail. A temporary bypass at mile 19 via a forest path is now in place.
Please check our current status report for details TRAIL UPDATE current as of 8-24-19 and on Facebook for trail alerts on current improvements, including improvements that may be underway. The Climax and Long Point Tunnels are open! Using a light in both the Climax and Long Point tunnels and walking your bike through the tunnels is recommended.
42 miles parallel the scenic Red Bank Creek through mostly natural areas over many bridges and stone arches with limited road crossings. 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 where camping is available), 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, the Jefferson County seat.
Sligo Spur joins the main trail near Lawsonham at mile 6 and goes 9 miles north to near Sligo, in Clarion County and was completed in August 2019 except for some parking area improvements planned in the near future.
Donations are welcomed. Please help support trail maintenance and improvement through our May Day of Giving, December challenge and throughout the year.