Sandy Creek Trail is 12 Miles of Beautiful Views

Exploring scenic bike routes less than two hours from Pittsburgh.
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The Sandy Creek Trail, located near Franklin in rural Venango County, mirrors a Pittsburgh commute. No matter which way you are going, you’re likely to cross a bridge or go through a tunnel.

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The big difference, the asphalt path had no potholes during a recent ride on a steamy summer afternoon.  The 12-mile route that follows the Allegheny River and East Sandy Creek crosses seven bridges and goes through one tunnel.

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The highlight is the Belmar Bridge, the trail’s longest at 1,385 feet, which crosses the Allegheny River. It’s impossible to resist the urge to stop and take in the view.

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Five other bridges that traverse East Sandy Creek offer similar views. There also are long, cool stretches of the trail through a forest that provide relief from the sun. 

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There are four primary options for accessing the trail:

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Good to Know

  • From west to east, the trail gains 271 feet in elevation at an average grade of 1 percent.  If you start at the west-end trailhead, it’s a slow, steady but manageable climb for 12 miles. The return trip is a breeze.
  • There are no bathroom facilities on the trail nor places to buy food and drinks. However, there are a few benches and picnic tables if you bring your own refreshments.
  • There are reflectors in the tunnel but no lights so a flashlight comes in handy.

Go here to learn more.

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