Potato Creek Trail Association

Enjoy Smethport’s Four-Season Trail System

In the Pennsylvania Wilds

Potato Creek Trail Association - Smethport, PA

Potato Creek Trail Association – Smethport, PA

Located in central McKean County, this series of land and water trails, provide four-seasons of fun and excitement in the Smethport area of Trail Central located within the Pennsylvania Wilds. Hike, bike, equestrian, cross-country ski, snowmobile, canoe or kayak these water trails.

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Goosechaser Trail
This ¾-mile long trail loops along the banks of Marvin Creek in Hamlin Lake Park in Smethport and is named for the Canada geese that frequent the lake. The trail skirts the habitats of many wetland creatures, including water fowl. Access is from the northeastern corner of the Guidance Center in the Smethport Wellness Center parking lot. Difficulty level is rated easy.

Wolfinger Trail System
A system of trails, close to the village of Smethport, 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.

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Shawmut Trail – Handicap Accessible
This 2 mile trail begins at the trail head off Route 6 near Marvin Creek Bridge in Smethport and travels south to the rear of the historic Poor Farm and County Home. Keep going straight towards the tree line, then hike up the hill where the trail joins the old roadway of the Bradford, Bordell & Kinzua narrow gauge railroad, which was abandoned early in the 20th century. As the trail loops back to the paved area you will pass the historic orchard and the Poor Farm Cemetary. It is a beautiful trail that partially follows Marvin Creek and traverses wooded settings, open meadows and farm land. This all-season trail is open to hiking, bicycle riding, skiing and snowshoeing. The trail offers ADA parking and is handicapped accessible. Difficulty level is rated easy.

Equestrian Trails
Take a horseback ride through the idyllic forests and creeks of Smethport and surrounding areas. You can park your trailer by the Wolfinger Trail Head off Route 46, 1.1 miles from the Rt. 6 intersection. Parking is located behind the black gate.

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Water Trails

Potato Creek Trail Association - Smethport, PA

Potato Creek Trail Association – Smethport, PA

Potato Creek Water Trail – You can choose between 3 canoe and kayak launch areas. Unload your canoe behind the ball field in Crosby on Route 46 (41.748614N –78.393427W) to float 6.4 miles on the Potato Creek to the East Smethport Bridge on Route 6. From there float 10.9 miles to Coryville off Champlin Hill Road towards Turtle Point (41.88187N –78.389500W). From Coryville you can float another 2.7 miles to reach the Larabee Y (41.901384N –78.384720W), which is on the Allegheny River. Difficulty level is rated easy.

Potato Creek Trail Association
201 W. Main Street
Smethport, PA 16749

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