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Old 06-23-2011, 09:08 PM
 
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Where can I find detailed bike trail maps/info for Western PA?

I'm specifically interested in all bike trails in/near Venango County for this weekend but would love to hear about other bike trails for future weekend getaways.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:33 PM
 
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Maybe this is too obvious, because it only took me a minute to Google?

Neon Web - Bicycle Trails

Admittedly the navigation is slightly cryptic, but a little patience with that map and pointing, then clicking for more info. There are actually a few good trails up there looks like.

Also looks like it's old perhaps dormant site so could be missing up to date info and of course newer trails.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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One thing I knew was missing, a bit farther away, is this one:

Tioga County, PA Visitors Bureau and the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania Rail Trail

The Pine Creek rail trail goes right through the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, 60 miles worth.

The Armstrong Trail is also missing but not sure how complete that one is. http://www.armstrongtrail.org/
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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I already checked google.

Access is cryptic. But I was excited to see so many trails near Franklin.

We'll head to Franklin and ask when we get there.
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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Turns out all the Venango ones have a shared org so this is what you need for up there I think: Allegheny Valley Trails Association (AVTA)
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:10 AM
 
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You can do a city by city search here.

Pennsylvania Trails & Trail Maps | TrailLink.com
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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Thanks, greg and hills! We're heading out today! Wish us luck!
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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Those bike trails in Venango County are great, we spent our first anniversary in Franklin biking around and think we ought to do that again sometime.

The Pine Creek rail trail is to my mind less interesting unless you use that as a base for exploring up the side waterfalls on the state forest. Also it is not PAVED with hot mix asphalt as the trails around Franklin generally are.
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:13 PM
 
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Depends upon what kind of bike I guess. I don't find a huge downside to a crushed limestone type trail like Montour Trail vs asphalt. Have ridden both on my hybrid bike. Now if you have a road bike, yeah, you wouldn't maybe want the unpaved trail, but most people riding those would probably find those trails too short I think.

For that matter, I think some people take road-type bikes on the Great Allegheny Passage, and that's not asphalt either. So I dunno.

But it is interesting that you don't think the scenery of Pine Creek/Grand Canyon is that, well, interesting. I don't really know personally, I can't remember if I've even been there, and if I have it was many years ago. Just assumed it would be to me.
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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Depends upon what kind of bike I guess. I don't find a huge downside to a crushed limestone type trail like Montour Trail vs asphalt. Have ridden both on my hybrid bike.
So has my wife, on hers, and she still prefers PAVED so I am told the difference.

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But it is interesting that you don't think the scenery of Pine Creek/Grand Canyon is that, well, interesting. I don't really know personally, I can't remember if I've even been there, and if I have it was many years ago. Just assumed it would be to me.
The PCRT is not bad, it's just that sometimes one wants to see more than stream and trees after 70 miles. If sticking to the trail I would call the most interesting part that between Blackwell and Cammal, rather than the "roadless" section between Ansonia and Blackwell.

But you don't have tunnels, you don't cross big bridges, you don't pass the very first oil well, and you don't have the Indian God Rock (although that certainly would have been better if the white man had left it alone) on the PCRT as you do in Venango County.
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