Media Mentions

Crawford County commissioners are expected to act next week on potential support of the federal grant application to fund more work on the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail. Commissioners would support a letter of intent for funding to help develop more of the proposed hiking and biking trail that runs in eastern Crawford County. The Meadville Tribune March 5, 2020

Less than three months after work began, construction on Phase I of the Brady Tunnel renovation project is nearly complete.
“They’re on track,” Allegheny Valley Land Trust (AVLT) executive director Chris Ziegler said last week of the progress construction crews from Francis J. Palo Inc. of Clarion have made at the northern portal of the tunnel. “They said they would be done before Christmas, and they’ll be done just before Christmas.” Leader-Vindicator December 19, 2019

The state Bureau of Parks is looking to “close the gap” in the bike and walking trail that winds through the Oil Region, much of it along the Allegheny River. The Derick, December 13, 2019

This section of the trail is part of the 270-mile Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail (EPT). When complete, the EPT will connect the Bayfront in Erie with the Point in Pittsburgh, with the Oil Region serving as the central hub. The Derick December 13, 2019

New director at Friends of the Riverfront brings environmental, legal background to the job. Specific projects the organization is working on include extending the Three Rivers Heritage Trail north along the Allegheny River from Millvale to Freeport, Butler County, and eventually to Erie; and developing a trail extension beyond the city’s North Side along the Ohio River. Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 19, 2019

IA Construction Corp. of Franklin paved a section of the bike/walking trail in Oil City’s West End on Wednesday. The paving was done in conjunction with moving the current recreation trail off a section of West First Street, from Darr to Osborne streets, and onto an unused railroad right-of-way. The newly paved section connects the Oil City Marina to the Justus Trail, Oil City Derrick November 21, 2019

A trip on the Great Allegheny Passage is a tour through Pennsylvania history.
From its terminus in downtown Pittsburgh, the biking and walking trail follows rivers and railways through industrial hubs, tiny coal towns, and peaceful forests.
The GAP connects Pittsburgh with Cumberland, Md., spanning 148 miles. It was completed in 2013 after more than 35 years of work and attracts about 1 million bikers and hikers every year. Pittsburgh Trib Live September 21,2019

Work on the next leg of the Wynn and Clara Tredway Trail could begin by the end of April.
The goal is to have the project done by late August. The project is being funded using a $327,000 grant from the state’s Transportation Alternatives Program, which is managed by PennDOT. The 10-foot-wide trail extension will be from the River Forest marina to an area under the Freeport Bridge. Pittsburgh Trib Live April 9, 2019

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has joined local riverfront communities to improve the parks and trails along the Allegheny River with the goal of closing gaps on the trail that prevent bikers and hikers from enjoying a full ride. Cindy Dunn, DCNR secretary, recently discussed this goal with local officials as they walked part of the trail between Sharpsburg and Aspinwall. She said because the site is considered a former brownfield, it qualifies for proposed state funding called Restore Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Post Gazette April 4, 2019

Erie County Council voted  to approved a resolution in support of efforts by the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance and other groups to complete a 270-mile multi-use trail system that links Erie to Pittsburgh. About 95 miles of trail needs to be completed. Erie is one of seven counties along the trail, the completion of which is a goal of the Northwest Pennsylvania Greenways Plan. Go Erie March 19, 2019

Each year, businesses get a chance to write a plan for the creation of a business to enhance the experience of those using the region’s hiking, biking, water and other recreational trails. It’s a concept the Oil Region Alliance puts forth in its annual Get on the Trail Entrepreneurial Business Plan Contest, ….. According to ORA President John Phillips, the trail system … has brought in $7 million worth of economic impact per year to the area. Those statistics come from a 2013 Rails to Trails Conservancy study. The study looked at the central leg of the developing 270-mile Erie to Pittsburgh Trail. The Derick February 28, 2019

Light at the end of the Brady Tunnel, because of the efforts of the Allegheny Valley Land Trust and the combination of $1.3 million in grants from the DCNR and Pennvest. Construction to begin this spring. Explore Clarion November 28, 2018

Organizers of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail to be opened in Blawnox next month have announced the name and a dedicated course. Dubbed the Allegheny Valley Trail, the section will primarily use Pine Street to make its way through Blawnox. Sharrows denoting the street is for cars, bikers and walkers will be painted for safety, said Courtney Mahronich, director of trail development for Friends of the Riverfront. Trib Live July 3, 2017

A recently awarded pair of grants will fund the hiring of a firm to determine roadway bike routes that will connect Titusville to a statewide network and an extension of the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail into Hydetown. Titusville Harold February 14, 2017

Concerns over a proposal to close a gap in the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail expressed by the company that owns and operates the railroad tracks from Hydetown, through Titusville, to the southern end of Oil Creek State Park, have sent the process back to square one.Titusville Harold October 27, 2016

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry, and Tourism has recognized the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance as its 2015 Partner of the Year. The award was presented during the ORA’s annual membership meeting in Reno. October 21, 2016

The Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance will be honored as Partner of the Year at the Oil Region Alliance’s annual meeting Sept. 22. The Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance, which includes members of the Oil Region Alliance, advocates for the acquisition, development and maintenance of nonmotorized trails from Pittsburgh to Erie’s bayfront. September 9, 2016

What do an Easter Island head, a wise owl and a stack of inspirational toy blocks have in common? If you’re walking along the Redbank Valley Trail in the near future, you might just run into one or all of these things in the New Bethlehem and surrounding areas. As their efforts of the trail, beautification continues, the Redbank Valley Trails Association (RVTA) recently gave the green light for three larger than life steel welded sculptures — an Easter Island head, “Hoot” the owl and a stack of inspirational toy blocks — to be placed in various locations along the trail. The Leader Vindicator April 6, 2016

Ed Talone, a cross-country hiker who estimated he has hiked about 60,000 miles during the past 30 years, the Silver Spring, Maryland resident left from Erie along the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail at the beginning of June and arrived in Kittanning yesterday afternoon. He awoke Tuesday near Mile Post No. 59 north of Hook Station. The Kittanning Paper January 2016.

The Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance ( has made great progress in converting the dream of a trail connecting the Perry Monument in Erie to the Point in Pittsburgh into reality. Roughly two-thirds of this trail is completed. Local individual trail groups invented ways to convert the liabilities left from the Industrial Revolution into regional assets that are enjoyed by locals and are drawing out-of-state trail users. NW Passage Magazine January 2016.

There have always been plenty of reasons for local folks and out-of-towners to visit the Armstrong Trail.  But now, with an uptick in wildlife activity — and an offering of dog-sled rides — visitors have more of a reason to hit the trail. Trib  Live 26 Dec 2015

A group in East Brady wants to rally residents and visitors around the borough’s recreational assets. They will have a chance to do just that starting in January, when East Brady Area Development Corp.’s Trail and River Town Action Team hosts a walking tour of the borough next month. Trib Live 19 Dec 2015

The Mercer County Trails Association (MCTA) has commenced the first phase of construction of the Shenango River Bicycle Trail. This trail was formerly New York Central’s trackbed. The rails-to-trails project will run from Greenville to Jamestown in Mercer County, following the Shenango River, then continue past Pymatuning State Park to Ohio. NW Passage November 2016

The National Park service featured a photo from a trail ride by the Erie Pittsburgh Board members at their quarterly meeting. The photo caption reads: “Friends find their way along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail in Pittsburgh PA — a National Recreation Trail and an NPS RTCA partner project to link shared-use paths from Erie to Pittsburgh.” National Park Service Web Site October 2015.

The Armstrong Trail is near the heart of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, a coalition of trail organizations, municipalities, and individuals dedicated to the promotion, acquisition, development & maintenance of a safe, non-motorized trail network connecting western Pennsylvania from Erie to Pittsburgh.NW Passage October 2015.

The Redbank Valley Trail, which was voted the 2014 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year, travels 41 scenic miles along Redbank Creek in southern Clarion County, leading to the Allegheny River in East Brady, Armstrong County. There, the RVT connects with the Armstrong Trail to Brookville, Jefferson County.
The Redbank Valley Trail serves as an important connector to the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, providing an east-west route into the PA Wilds. The RVT also forms a part of the much larger north-south EPT network, which connects Erie to Pittsburgh, then onto Washington, D.C. via the Great Allegheny Passage. NW Passage September 2015.

The nonprofit Friends of the Riverfront has begun working with a consultant and Norfolk Southern Railroad to thread a 29-mile bike and pedestrian trail along the Allegheny River from Millvale to Schenley. About half of the 29-mile path through 17 communities passes through or near a live Norfolk Southern rail line, according to Tom Baxter, executive director of Friends of the Riverfront. Trib Live 21 Sept 2015

The Armstrong Trail is proud to be a part of the big picture, expanding the economic and health benefits to our communities by connecting our vast network of trails in western Pennsylvania. Our goal is to provide a first-class trail system connecting Lake Erie to Pittsburgh, utilizing many trail segments already in existence. NW Passage August 2015

Many hiking opportunities along and near PA Route 6. The PA Route 6 Alliance encourages travelers to get out of their cars as they travel the highway and take advantage of the trail systems that are accessible along the heritage corridor. Take a hike or a sojourn. The News Eagle May 6, 2015

Business owners, trail partners and community members along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail (EPT) have been invited to summit meetings for updates on their respective trails and the economic benefits they bring to their communities. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 25, 2015

The Greater Titusville Development Foundation emerged in late 2014 to connect charitable donations to key community improvements and Titusville completed two master plans. One to bolster the city’s identity as a Trail Town, a destination for cyclists and others touring the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail. Go April 20, 2015

The positive impact of trails on the communities through which they pass is about more than just recreation and exercise opportunities. Combining these bike/hike trails with businesses ready for new clientele creates Trail Towns. NW Passage April 2015

Jim Holden of Venango County, a longtime advocate of multi-use recreational trails, was a Visionary, conservationist, educator, leader, farmer, friend and much more. “The Erie to Pittsburgh Trail (EPT) began as a dream of many individuals but only one individual, Holden, had the courage to verbalize, organize and commit to transforming the dream into a reality,” said Ron Steffey, president of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 11, 2015

Converting rails to trails takes an army of volunteers. Volunteers are the lifeblood of rail-trail organizations and Jim Mayuric of Armstrong County, a 60-year-old avid biker and hiker, is the embodiment of a rail-trail volunteer.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 4, 2015

The idea of a non-motorized, multipurpose trail connecting the Perry Monument on Presque Isle State Park in Erie to The Point in Pittsburgh first surfaced decades ago. Although the highway distance between the two cities is 128 miles, the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail when completed years from now, is projected to be 270 miles.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 4, 2015

The Three Rivers Trail Survey said that annually about 800,000 people use the trail and have an economic impact of around $8.3 million — $6 million of that is from people buying goods and services right along the trail. Friends of the Riverfront is working to connect the trail throughout Allegheny County, and working to reach beyond Millvale as part of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail.
Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station March 27, 2015

Property along the South Branch of French Creek in Concord Township is open to the public and may one day be a link in a series of trails between Erie and Pittsburgh.
Erie Times-News March 8, 2015

Planners want the Ohio Towpath trail to link into a 1,600-mile, five-state trail system. A new west-east trail connection from Cleveland through Ashtabula to Erie, Pa. would connect with the north-south Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail that is partially built.
Akron Beacon Journal February 14, 2015

Another rails-to-trails route is being established. When completed, this hiking-biking trail will run from Pittsburgh to Erie, Pa. The route isn’t direct, however. It follows the Allegheny River northeast from Pittsburgh and then leaves the river at Oil City to wind up through Chautauqua County to Brockton, a few miles west of Dunkirk. From there it follows the Lake Erie shoreline west to Erie.
Buffalo Evening News August 25, 2013

The nonprofit Friends of the Riverfront will discuss more details of its plan to develop a 29-mile recreational trail from Pittsburgh to Freeport along the Allegheny River tomorrow in Harmar. The proposed extension of the Three River Heritage trail will travel through 17 communities along the river. When completed, it would connect to the existing 22 miles of trails along the shoreline of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers on one end, and the Butler-Freeport Community Trail on the other. Trib Live November 29, 2011

The next Great Allegheny Passage. That’s the goal of the Erie-Pittsburgh Trail Alliance, a consortium of 12 rail-trail groups working with state and national advocacy organizations toward connecting non-motorized trails between Pittsburgh and Lake Erie.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 14, 2009