Redbank Valley Trails Association
The volunteers of the Redbank Valley Trails Association began in 2010 to develop one of Clarion and Jefferson Counties’ newest recreational trails. Redbank Valley Trail was named PA’s first Trail of the Year in 2014 because of its scenic beauty, connections to other trails and its dedicated volunteers.
It is a 51-mile, non-motorized, 4-season, nearly level trail currently being developed in Clarion and Jefferson Counties. 42 miles of the Redbank Valley Trail parallel the scenic Redbank Creek, bordering Armstrong County and crossing over 14 bridges through mostly natural scenic areas from the Redbank Creek’s confluence with the Allegheny River and Armstrong Trail to the Brookville Tunnel and Depot Street Trailhead in Brookville. Along the way, the trail passes through the towns of Lawsonham, Climax, New Bethlehem, Hawthorn, Oak Ridge and Summerville. All except for a small ¼ mile section in Fairmount City, north of New Bethlehem, has been surfaced with crushed limestone as of January 2017. There is also a 9-mile Sligo Spur trail, with up to a 3% grade, from the main trail at Lawsonham at mile 6 to near Sligo in Clarion County. The first mile was improved in 2016 and is under further improvement as funding and volunteer availability permit.
Redbank Valley Trails is privately owned, open to the public, and is being maintained and developed by RVTA volunteers, with support from public and private donations and grants. The trail’s development would not have been possible without the continued support from our wonderful volunteers and contributors including The Trail Volunteer Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Rachel Carson Conservancy Inc., the Rails to Trails Conservancy, Allegheny Valley Land Trust, North Central Regional Planning Commission, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, DCNR, DEP, Clarion , Armstrong and Jefferson County Commissioners and Planning Departments, Brookville and New Bethlehem Boroughs and numerous businesses and private donors.
A kayak launch was added at Moore Road in Corsica, Jefferson County in 2016 to complement other kayak launches near the trail on Redbank Creek in Hawthorn, New Bethlehem and Climax.
The trail is open four seasons during daylight hours for hiking, biking, running, bird watching, hiking and photography and in winter for cross country skiing and snow shoeing. It offers recreation and tourism-related business opportunities for outfitters, shuttle services, B&Bs, cafes, ice cream shops and more. For more information visit us on Facebook or at http://www.redbankvalleytrails.org. Please come check it out!