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Jefferson Co. trail named 2014 Trail of the Year
By: WJAC Web Staff
HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named trails that wind through part of Jefferson County as the top trails in the Commonwealth for 2014.
The DCNR's Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee named the Redbank Valley Trails as the 2014 Trail of the Year to display the miles of trails that are built for public enjoyment. This is the first year for such trail distinctions by the DCNR.
The trails run through parts of Armstrong, Clarion and Jefferson counties. The DCNR said there are 18 trails in the system and offer unique scenic views and connections to other trail systems.
The Redbank Valley Trails run along Redbank Creek and include many bridges and archways, spanning 51 miles.
The DCNR said the trails are a former railroad line and are maintained by volunteers who have committed more than 3,000 hours per year since 2010 for trail development. The Allegheny Land Trust has the title to the corridor and works with the Redbank Valley Trails Association to make improvements.
The trails connect to the Armstrong Trail and from there to the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage that links Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. They are also part of a plan to connect Pittsburgh and Ridgway, Elk County, by trail.
For more information on the trails, click here.