Redbank Valley Trail was named PA’s first trail of the year in 2014 for its scenic beauty, connections to other trails and the rapid development of the trail by its dedicated volunteers. The main 42 mile trail is nearly level with less than a 1% grade and few road crossings. The 9 mile Sligo Spur at mile 6 of the main trail has a 3-4% grade going up hill from Lawsonham.
A short video gives an introduction to the trail as part of a longer video on the Redbank Renaissance website describing how businesses can benefit from trail tourism. The longer video and segments on the Redbank Renaissance website also highlight some of the existing businesses along the trail.
The trail passes mainly through undeveloped scenic rural areas along Red Bank Creek, over many bridges and stone arches, through 2 tunnels (bringing a light and walking your bike is recommended) and past many sites of historic significance related to nature based industries of the past. It passes through a few small towns (see area info) and one County seat (Brookville). There are benches, shelters and very few portojohns along the way. Cell service is not available in many areas. Wildlife and flowers in season are plentiful. Happy Trails!