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