Trail Season

posted July 14, 2016  *  Comments Off

Summer is here, and that means trail season is too. There are many great trails in Armstrong County–suitable for hiking, running, biking, geocaching, and many other great activities.

These routes are full of beautiful scenery including waterfalls, spectacular remnants of history, and are in many cases excellent for sighting wildlife. The trails connect communities, counties, and some are even interstate!

Let’s take a tour!

The Armstrong Trail

First and certainly not least is the great Armstrong Trail–our feature today. This trail is rich in history and The Brady Tunnel, Coaling tower, Montecello Furnace, Locks and Dams, and a train turntable are just some of the wondrous sites here.  The still-developing trail currently has 30 miles of mostly flat surface connecting towns such as Ford City, Kittanning, Templeton, and East Brady.

The trail runs along the beautiful Allegheny River, and has an energy that has to be experienced to be believed. Still, though, we set out to make a video that will hopefully provide you a glimpse. During production, one sentiment we heard echoed over and over from trail users is simply how ‘nice’ the trail is and how glad they are that it’s here. So much more could be said, but nothing really needs to be–the feeling is just so apparent and understood.

 

Butler Freeport Trail

Featuring 21 miles of flat, asphalt-free trail, The Butler Freeport is a scenic corridor ideal for outdoor activity. The trail also features many events including the annual Buffalo Creek Half-Marathon.

butlerfreeport

Source: www.visitbutlercounty.com

 

Redbank Valley Trails

This new 51 mile trail is non-motorized and is open four seasons. It was made possible by over 5000 hours of volunteer hours and is truly of breathtaking beauty. Much of the trail follows the historic Redbank Creek where wildlife abounds.

redbankvalley

source: http://www.redbankren.org/tt_media/11.jpg

 

 Roaring Run Recreation Area

The 653 acre conservation is owned by the Roaring Run Watershed Association and is open year around. The area includes more than 15 miles of trails including ones for hiking and mountain biking. The sights along include many small waterfalls, huge rocks, and the Kiskiminetas River.

roaring run recreation area

Source: http://www.americantrails.org/NRTDatabase/trailPhotos/3587_roaring.jpg

 

The Great Shamokin Path

Rich in history, The Great Shamokin Path really is as great as its name. The trail has been the home of several historic events. The path was well-traveled as early as the 1700s by prominent Native American tribes. The trail connects the Allegheny and Susquehanna Rivers and can be accessed in Kittanning.

greatshamokin

Source: www.freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tqpeiffer/

 

 Cowanshannock Trail

Leading to the stunning Buttermilk Falls, this scenic, 1.3 mile trail can be accessed at State Route 1033 just north of Kittanning. Home to the Canfield-Holmes Wildlife Sanctuary, the area is even great for wildflower enthusiasts and birdwatchers.

cowanshannock

Source: https://hikinginpennsylvania.wordpress.com/2011/06/30/armstrong-trail-kittanning-to-grays-eddy/

 

 North Country Trail

Opened in 1992, this trail spans an incredible 7 states ranging from New York to North Dakota. The trail can be accessed at several points throughout Armstrong County.

northcountrytrail

Source: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/northcountry/

 

As you can see, the county has no shortage of natural beauty that we hope you get to participate in. And don’t worry–even this Winter you can still enjoy–some of the trails are even open for cross-country skiing!

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