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Ernst Recreational Trail

Located just 3 miles away from Allegheny College's campus, this converted Rails-to-Trails is a local favorite for hikers and bikers.


Length: 6.1 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 3 miles

Type: Out and back

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running, Bicycling, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Cross Country Skiing

Trail Surface: Asphalt

Originally a rail line driven out of business by automobiles in 1934, this Rails-to-Trails now runs along the biologically diverse French Creek Valley. It’s named after the last owner of the Meadville-Linesville Railroad Corridor, Calvin Ernst, who later donated it in 1996 to become the recreational trail it is today.

Sources/ Learn more at:

Shaw, M., & Weil, R. (1999). Freewheeling Easy in Western Pennsylvania (3rd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA:

Shaw-Weil Associates.

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