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Latitude
40.569722
Longitude
-79.765
Trail Directions
Trail Length
52
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Kittaning
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bikemarkpgh ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Much Improved from previous review. We rode this trail in September of 2005 from Ford City to about a mile north of Musgrove (sp?). There were a couple of areas where this rail trail goes onto the streets (Manordale and Kittanning), but this broke up the ride a bit and the people were very friendly. The street ride through Manordale was kind of neat, as there are houses on one side, and docks and the Allegheny River on the other side.

There are on-trail bathrooms in Ford City (adjacent to town park). There are also restrooms in Kittanning Riverfront park, which is about .5 miles from the trail. Gillatto (or other ice cream) at Mulberry St. Creamery is well worth the minor detail and the riverfront park is beautiful.

We rode up to about a mile north of Mosgrove (sp?), where the trail was closed due to construction. It appears that the folks in Armstrong County have been busy, because almost all of the trail we rode was fresh compacted crushed sandstone (never seen this color/type of trail surface before) Finished trail was also nice and wide. The trail looks like it was completed (at least for about the mile or so we could see beyond the barricade), but it was getting late and we could go no farther. I recently saw a post in a yahoo pa trails group that said about 17 miles or so is completed. This gibes with our ride, as we did not do a little section of trail that runs down toward Rosston.

Recommended Route:
We drove out PA 28 north from Pgh. and got off on PA 128. When you cross allegheny river, turn left into parking area. Unload your bike and take off. THere is also convenient parking near the park in Ford City. Not any other park n ride access I remember further on up the trail, but you could proably park in the street in Kittanning or near the Creamery or riverfront park there, as well.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Butler Freeport (although last time ridden was one week before Ivan in Sept. 2004)

Stavich Trail (New Castle, PA to Lowellsville, OH (old trolley line, so more hills than typical rail trail)

Justus and Sandy Creek Trails (near Franklin, PA -- what Armstrong Trail will eventually hook up with.

Three Rivers Heritage in Pittsburgh along 3 Rivers

Yough Trail (Great Allegheny Passage)

Decker's trail in Morgantown, PA (and other network of rail trails around morgantown)



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Review Date
May 23, 2005

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: outlaweric ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
It sucked -- truly unfortunately! I started in Schenley, and it was pure hell from the start. One reviewer recommends 2" tires. Well that and full suspension and you might have something. The rocks are the size of baseballs -- seemingly -- and parking is limited, if not impossible in Schenley. The view along the river has great potential for the trail, but much...MUCH...needs to be done to fix this otherwise awesome corrider for riding. I got two flats within the first two miles, and I did encounter two quads and a motorcycle. They were, however, kind enough to stop and ask if I needed help with my flat tires.

Recommended Route:
Don't do it at all, at least until they get the funds to fix it right. It seems to have such great potential, and I pray they find the proper funding. I hope you're reading this, Armstrong Trail folks ;-)



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Review Date
October 23, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mike S , from Leechburg, PA

Summary:
.The majority of the trail is unfinished cinders and old railroad ballast. Although fine for a beginner a mountian bike with 2" tires is highly recommended. Some sections are pretty rough and will tear up a road bike. You can do about 11 miles south from Ford City to Schenley. This is all unfinished and the trail is used by some cars to access camps, also beware of speeding ATVs. Some of the river scenery is very nice. Currently there is limited access and parking at Schenley. Going north from Ford City you ride thru the little town of Manorville along the river then a finished crushed limestone section to Kittanning, again you have to ride the streets thru town. At the north end of town you can re axcess the trail. The ballast is rather heavy from here to Mossgrove. Thru mossgrove area the trail is overgrowen in some areas. there is a nice road along the river. From mossgrove to Templeton its a gravel road again shared with cars and ATVs. There is a finished section in Templeton. Above Templeton the trail is growen up since some adjacent landowners have illegally blocked it. I have ridden it but its tough getting thru some spots. If you make it thru the Rimer area is very nice you can ride the trail or a senic road along the river. From Rimer to East Brady its open,some areas have some ballast. There is a real nice spur that goes about 4 mi. up along Redbank Creek. Above East Brady its really overgrowen suilable only for walking

Recommended Route:
A good place to start is Ford City. The trail is asphalt here and runs thru the center of town.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Butler Freeport



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Review Date
September 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Cory , from Ohio

Summary:
Beautiful primitive trail with no inforcement of rules.
Watch out for speeding atv's, suvs, drunks and litter. I would recommend not camping along the trail. You must watch out for large mud puddles created from the springs in the hills. Take a very good map because there are no trail markings. Get directions from the Amstrong Trail website since there are no marked trail heads. I would strongly recommend 4 wheel drive for the Lawsonham Trailhead, otherwise start at East Brady. I do not recommend youth riders.

Recommended Route:
Lawsonham to East Brady



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