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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 a crushed limestone surface with paved sections in Ford City and Kittanning. 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.


Deer, beavers, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife can be seen while hiking or biking the Armstrong Trail. Wildflowers and trees line much of the trail. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of an osprey or eagle!

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. . . . .


The Armstrong Rails to Trails Association (ARTA) is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) 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.