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Armstrong Trail

The 36 mile long Armstrong Trail is located on the former Allegheny Valley Railroad line along the eastern bank of the Allegheny River in Armstrong & Clarion Counties in western PA. The trail links such towns as Ford City, Kittanning & East Brady and is a great place to bicycle, walk, jog, & cross country ski in a safe relaxing environment. 30 miles of the trail, from Rosston to East Brady, is improved trail with several short share the road sections. The trail is for non-motorized use only.

Go Back in Time

Our trail is rich with local history, from Native Americans to river travel to iron production to the railroads. Remnants of villages, iron furnaces, coke ovens, train stations, etc. can be found along the trail. A train turntable, tunnel, and coaling tower still stand.

Hiking, Bicycling, Fishing, Boating & more

The Armstrong Trail provides opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in a beautiful setting along the Allegheny River. Enjoy walking, jogging, or bicycling (no motorized vehicles permitted) along the river. Boat launch areas are available in Kittanning, Templeton, Ford City, East Brady. Fish at designated areas along the trail or at any one of the numerous creeks that enter into the Allegheny River. In the winter, try cross country skiing on our trail. Explore our history and geocatching is available.

Wildlife Along the Trail

Many different creatures can be seen along the Armstrong Trail. Bald Eagles, Pennsylvania Osprey, Hawks, along with many species of smaller birds can be seen daily. Several bald eagles have made their home near Lock & Dam 8. Deer have been seen crossing the bridge at Redbank Creek. Rabbits, chipmunks, and squirrels may cross the trail in front of you. Look along the river to see the occasional beaver or two. Keep you eyes open, who knows what you will see!

Points of Interest Along the Trail

There are many interesting sites along the trail. Enjoy the beauty of the river and the river valley, plants and wildflowers, birds, deer and other wildlife, and maybe a bald eagle if you are lucky. Explore several small western Pennsylvania towns and places of historic significance along the way. Come & Explore!

Visiting Armstrong Trail (directions)

Armstrong Trail is located in Armstrong and Clarion Counties in Western Pennsylvania. It can be easily accessed from many locations along the trail. . . . .

ARMSTRONG RAILS TO TRAILS ASSOCIATION (ARTA)

The Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA) is an all volunteer, non-profit organization established to support the development and maintenance of the Armstrong Trail along with respecting, protecting, and preserving the natural resources found along the trail as well as its historical significance. There are many opportunities available to help support our trail including volunteer workdays, adopt-a-mile, purchasing memorial benches, donations, and joining ARTA.