Join us at a historic event. Armstrong Trails Celebrates the rehabilitation of the Kiski Bridge and an additional 10-miles of trail.
When: April 1st-11 am. Where: Schenley, PA parking at 114 Industrial Drive, Schenley. Event is rain or shine. Free event but please, register for planning purposes at armstrongtrailscelebrates.eventbrite.com
This 52.5-mile long, non-motorized rail trail located along the former Allegheny Valley Railroad corridor along the eastern bank of the Allegheny River in Armstrong, Clarion, and Westmoreland counties is on the main spine of the emerging 270-mile Erie to Pittsburgh Trail. Rich in local history, trail users will find remnants of villages, iron furnaces, train stations, a coaling tower, tunnels, an 1899 railroad bridge, and a railroad turntable along the trail. Flora and fauna blossom and bound along the trail, creating a colorful and lively show throughout the seasons.
Currently, 35.5 miles (31 continuous miles) are open for use and have been improved with crushed limestone or asphalt surfaces. Ongoing rehabilitation projects continue on the Brady Tunnel in 2024, which will connect the southern section of the trail to the northern five miles. Phase IIIb will start in January 2024 and continue to July, while Phase IIIc — the final phase — will start in May and wrap up in mid/late 2024.
Additionally, the newly acquired 14-mile stretch is under construction at the southern end of the trail. Armstrong Trails will be laying 10 miles of new trail surface material from our Crooked Creek Trailhead (MP 39) to our Schenley Trailhead (MP 29), along with a 4-mile section from MP 29 toward Leechburg. Anticipate completion Spring 2024.
As of early February 2023, construction on the trail has not begun due to efforts to salvage the rails and ties, and is currently closed to the public. The Kiskiminetas Bridge is also closed to the public at this time. Recent funding was awarded for the design and engineering of new decking and railing on the bridge. Construction will take place in mid-2023. Kiski Bridge is currently under construction. No trespassing and it is a federal offense to cross live railroad tracks.
Both of these MAJOR pieces of trail infrastructure are expected to be fully open and ready for trail users in early 2024.*