So Much to See and Do in Any Season
Welcome to the Tuna Valley, Potato Creek and Kinzua Valley Trail Systems. Opportunities to view wildlife – elk, deer, black bear, grouse, and turkey are good – one might even spy the occasional American Bald Eagle soaring overhead.
Bullis Hollow Trail
A 8.3 mile trail connects to the Marilla Springs Trail at the upper trailhead. From there the trail heads west along a narrow gauge railroad grade, crossing Forest Service Road 137 and climbing to reach the Tracy Ridge Trial Network with connection to the North Country Trail. Overnight camping is available at Trace Ridge Campground. Difficulty level is rated moderate to difficult.
Crook Farm Trail
A 1.2 mile hiking trail along the banks of the scenic Tunungawant Creek, located just north of the City of Bradford. From the north travel PA 219 to Foster Brook Exit, turn right, turn right at the light, 1 mile on the right. The trail head is located at the Crook Farm Homestead, a heritage site that features a one-room school house and restored farm house from the 19th century. This trail is rated easy in difficulty.
This ¾-mile long trail loops along the banks of Marvin Creek in Hamlin Lake Park in Smethport. Named for the Canada geese that have frequented the lake, the trail skirts the habitats of many wetland creatures, including water fowl. Access is from the northeastern corn of the Guidance Center/Smethport Wellness Center parking lot. Difficulty level is rated easy.
Hidden Valley Passage
This 1.5 mile section is a railroad grade dating back to the 1800s. Part of the Marilla Trail network, the lower end of the trail begins directly behind the Indian Pipe trail head kiosk, five miles west of Bradford along Rt. 346. Difficulty level is rated easy to moderate.
Indian Pipe Trail
This 7.4 mile non-motorized trail crosses 4,000 acres of Allegheny Northern Hardwood forest under the stewardship of the Bradford Water Authority. A multitude of flora and fauna species can be observed from this trail including the Indian Pipe Flower (Monotropa Uniflora) after which it is named. This is a good trail for bicycling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing as well as hiking, as it is mostly on roads and is wide and smooth. Travel PA 346 west of Bradford five miles, trail head access is to the right. Difficulty level is moderate.
Kinzua Bridge State Park
A distinctive hike from the parking area to the new pedestrian walkway-the Kinzua Sky Walk-will provide views of the Kinzua Gorge from a height of over 300 feet. The General Kane Trail named after Thomas Leiper Kane, is a 1-mile loop hiking trail. It leads people through forested areas that were ravished by the tornado, as well as those that remained unharmed. The trail head is located at 41 45, 420N 078 35.133 W. Difficulty level is moderate.
Kinzua Valley Trail
A 7-mile trail for hiking, biking: in winter you can experience the solitude and beauty of this trail for cross-country skiing. Located along the banks of the scenic Kinzua Creek, the surface is crushed limestone. The trail head is accessed from the village of Westline. From Rt. 6, travel north on Rt. 219, turn left onto Westline Road. A second trailhead for this linear trail is located at Red Bridge Campground in the Allegheny National Forest along Rt. 321 north of Kane, Pennsylvania. Difficulty level is moderate.
Knox & Kane Rail Trail – Mt. Jewett to Kinzua Bridge State Park
A 3.89-mile crushed limestone surface trail open for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. Trailhead parking in Mt.Jewett is behind the Borough office building, at the intersection of Center Street and Peterson Street, and at the Kinzua Bridge State Park. Handicapped accessible. Difficulty level is easy.
Knox & Kane Rail Trail Trail
Currently under construction, with portions already completed for hiking, cross-country skiing, biking, mountain biking, equestrian, and snowmobiling in the section of trail from the Kinzua Bridge State Park to Lantz Corners, which will have trail connections to the Allegheny National Forest snowmobile trails in the future. When fully completed the Knox & Kane Rail Trail will be 85.3 miles in length. The rail corridor is under the ownership of Headwaters Charitable Trust.
Marilla Bridges Trail
A 1 mile loop trail with forest and water vistas. Highlights include the Erik Benjamin Covered Bridge which spans the spillway of the Marilla Reservoir, three rustic wooden trestle bridges, and a delightful gazebo located at the southwest corner of the trail. Non-motorized use only. The trail head is located along Rt. 346, five miles west of the City of Bradford. Difficulty is rated easy.
Marilla Springs Trail
This 3.6 mile trail is a slightly more aggressive trail experience fro the avid hiker and mountain biker. The trail begins at the southwest corner of the Marilla Bridges Trail. The limestone surfaced trail offers progressive changes in direction and elevation paralleling Marilla Springs at its point of origin. Difficulty level is rated moderate to difficult.
Richard McDowell Community Trail
A 1.4 mile 10-ft wide paved surface trail meanders along the west branch of the Tunungwant Creek. The trail features include three bridges, five raised walkways and a variety of natural vistas. Trail access is via Campus Drive, close to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Difficulty level is easy.
White Pine Trail
3-mile loop, past towering, old growth white pines. Entrance to the trail is at the confluence of Marilla Brook and Lean-to-Run from the Marilla Bridges Trail, follow the run upstream to the white pines. Difficulty level is rated moderate.
Wolfinger Trail System
A system of trails, close to the village of Smethport, are available for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Many loops can be made, from a short half hour stroll along Sandy Lane to several hours’ worth of vigorous hiking on the North Trail. Begin at the main trail head, located on Rt. 46 north, 1.1 miles from the Rt. 6 intersections, on the left side of the gate. Maps are available at the trail head. Difficulty level is rated easy to moderate.
Rock City Park
A .75-mile trail that features gigantic rock formations of quartz conglomerate, the world’s largest, several stories high with huge crevices. Stunning vistas that overlook 1,000 square miles are part of the trail. Highlights include Three Sisters, Balancing Rock, a 1000-ton boulder and Indian Face Rock, all natural rock formations. Rock City Park is believed to have been a Seneca Nation fortress at one time. Driving north from Bradford, turn onto PA Rt. 346 east, left turn onto PA Rt. 646. Park entrance is on the left approximately 20 minutes driving time. The park is open May through October, 9 AM to 6 PM daily, trail tickets are sold until 5 PM. Rock City Park is closed during inclement weather. Groups are welcome with advance notice. Entrance Fee. Trail difficulty is rated moderate.
Bradford National Historic District
A self-guided audio walking tour of Main Street in Bradford highlights the eclectic architecture built by the early oil barons. The largest number of structures, primarily commercial buildings, featuring Neo-Classical, Colonial Revival, Romanesque and Art Deco architecture were built between 1880 and 1920. Brochures and audio tour equipment are available at the Main Street Mercantile, 96 Main Street.
Kane Historic District
Kane is truly a “Star” in the forest – the five highways of Rt. 6, Rt. 321 North, Rt. 321 South, and Rt. 66 appear as a five-pointed star on road maps when they meet in Kane, Pennsylvania. ArtWorks at the Depot, an artisan co-op, and the McCleery Discovery Center, with displays on the Lobo Wolves, are both located within the historic Kane Depot.
Smethport Mansion District
A self-guided walking tour along scenic Rt. 6 in Victorian Smethport showcases a piece of Americana. Stroll past the Victorian mansions that line Smethport’s Main Street. Tour the Old Jail Museum, allow time to visit the quaint shops and the historic Route 6 Diner. A detailed brochure with map is available in Smethport at the outdoor kiosk in front of the McKean County Courthouse at 500 West Main Street.
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