A spectacular hike awaits you at the Samuel Justus Trail, in the northwestern corner of the state of Pennsylvania. Beginning in Oil City and running to the town of Franklin, this 8-mile trail follows the old Allegheny Valley Railroad lines from the 1860’s. It is now converted to a hiking trail, or rail trail. Finishing this trail, you have completed a portion of a once used 30-mile railroad system that connected with the city of Pittsburgh.
This trail is paved the entire way which makes it perfect for all people and their pup-tastic pups! The terrain is almost level, with only a 1% grade along its length, so any fitness level pup will have no trouble enjoying the day outside with their owner! Wheelchair accessibility can be found here, making it suitable for service animals as well.
Running along the Allegheny River, the water a remarkable backdrop as you make your way through forests, past old oil wells and even a visitor’s center. Here you will find water fountains and restrooms, open to all. If you get tired and need to rest, or just want to relax near the river and enjoy the scenic beauty of the area, there are swing benches along the route. Plenty of parking at the beginning of the trail makes this an easy on and off location.
The trail is open year-round and is kept as snow-free as possible. There are no fees to access this multi-use trail which allows hikers, bicyclers and in-line skaters. It is advised to keep your pup on leash while using the trail for everyone’s safety.
Pack plenty of water and remember to bring clean up bags to keep this trail pup-friendly. Samuel Justus Trail is a must on your to-do list in Pennsylvania!