Redbank Valley Trails is a 51-mile non-motorized, 4-season trail currently being developed and improved. It was recognized by DCNR as PA’s first Trail of the Year for 2014! 42 miles parallel the scenic Redbank Creek through mostly natural areas. 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.
Please check our current status report for current trail conditions. Current Status 1-22-14. Use of the trail is at your own risk.
Redbank Valley Trails connects to the Armstrong Trail and from there to the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, the Great Allegheny Passage to D.C., and will eventually connect from Rockwood on the Passage to the 9-11 Memorial Trail. It is also part of an initiative to connect Pittsburgh via the Redbank Valley Trails to Ridgway in the heart of the PA Wilds.
NEWS: Work is under way on many parts of the trail in 2014. However, all 13 miles of the trail in Jefferson County has 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.
We’re hoping that work will start on the Climax Tunnel at Mile Post 17 in Clarion County in October. Work by volunteers continues in many other areas. We continue to seek grant funding to open the tunnel. Volunteers will also be working between the closed Climax and open Longpoint Tunnels.
A segment of the trail in Hawthorn is currently closed until further notice for the safety of the public during sewer line installation and sewer plant construction between Pine Run Bridge (Mile Post 24.77) and the Alcola Cemetery (Mile Post 22.4). Sewer line work from Alcola through Fairmount City to New Bethlehem at Mile 21 is also now underway. Please watch for trail closures in these areas.
Watch for our fundraising events as we try to raise enough money to make additional improvements and fully open the Climax Tunnel and the area to greater recreational and economic opportunities.
RVTA will be participating in the Armstrong County 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS: The Clarion County Trails Association will be holding an outdoor event on August 9th to celebrate and honor Redbank Valley Trails being named PA’s first Trail of the Year for 2014. Check Facebook for more information on the event.