Grab Life by the Trails!
When it’s time to get away, go where you can stretch, breathe, and enjoy the natural beauty of woods, fields and rivers.
From fly fishing on a quiet stream to water skiing on the big river; from a restful bike cruise on smooth paved trails to a wild ride over rocks and ruts; from a casual walk along a river trail to connecting with America’s longest hiking trail, the Oil Region offers multiple opportunities to Grab Life by the Trails! When you’re done, relax, eat, shop, catch a show and spend the night in one of the region’s trail towns. We look forward to helping you Grab Life by the Trails!
Visit Bicycle Friendly Franklin
Franklin, PA is named a "Bicycle Friendly" community
The League of American Bicyclists named Franklin, PA a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community. The Bicycle Friendly designation has been given to only five communities in Pennsylvania and results from intentional activities and amenities that make Franklin friendly to cyclists. Franklin is centrally located along the Oil Region's trails at the junction of the Samuel Justus and Allegheny River Trails. Take a break from the trails and enjoy the vibrant, small town experience of downtown Franklin.
Plan for Leaf Season in 2014!
Allegheny River Trail tops list of fall foliage trails outside New England in Rails-to-Trails Conservancy blog!
Not everyone can make it to New England's iconic fall foliage display, but according to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, you don't need to. Western PA's Oil Region, and specifically it's Allegheny River Trail, provides amazing views of fall splendor along the beautiful Allegheny River from Franklin to Parker. While in the region, visit the Kennerdell Scenic Overlook (pictured left) for an amazing panorama. Check grabtrails.com in late summer 2014 for best fall color viewing times next year.
New Section of Trail Now Open
Southern Section of the McClintock Trail Now Ready to Ride
Connecting Oil City to the Northern section of the McClintock Trail, this new 1.7 mile section of paved trail takes bike riders and walkers off busy Route 8 and into the quiet, Oil Creek valley next to a low volume rail line. The new section of trail can be accessed from the southern end of the White Bridge (north of Oil City at the intersection of Route 8 through Oil City and the Route 8 Bypass around Oil City). From the North, access the new trail from the McClintock Trailhead. For a map, visit TrailLink. (Note that the map is accurate but the description is not yet updated with information on the new section.)