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March 2014 Monthly Hike

by Clarion Chapter on March 15, 2014

On Saturday, March 15th, the Clarion Chapter held its’ monthly hike for March.  12 eager hikers met at the Country Fair Convenience store in Shippenville at 9 AM.  We had originally planned a hike on the NCT, but the route that we had chosen was not safe for travels due to ice, so we made alternate plans.

We decided to head up the road and hike the new bike trail in Lucinda, PA.  This bike trail consists of a 4.2 mile section of tar and chipped railroad grade that parallels Route 66.  This section was completed by a private individual this past Summer/ Fall and a new group is forming to take what he did and expand upon it to include all of this railroad grade that exists in Clarion County.  The group that formed has named this trail the “Rail 66 Country Trail”.

The trail is very nice and the next few photos will give you an idea of the quality of the surface and the scenery around it.  Although the trail parallels Route 66, it leaves visibility of it as fast as it approaches it.  Surprisingly quiet and serene.

This is the start of the trail, and the closest that you come to Route 66, until you cross it about 3 miles ahead of this location.

Our hikers heading down the trail.

Heading away from Route 66 to the first bend in the trail.

A peaceful section of the trail.

Our hikers couldn’t just do the 4.2 mile section that was finished, many pushed on down the railroad grade to Leeper.

The “Rail 66 Country Trail” is going to be a gem when completed.  If completed as planned, it will end where the North Country Trail crosses Route 66 North of Vowinckel.  That will be good for both of our trails.  Something tells me there is a bike ride in the future.

See you all next month.

Devin Callihan, Clarion Chapter Communications


February 2014 Monthly Hike

February 16, 2014

For our monthly hike this month, we decided to make a winter excursion on The Radbank Valley Trail.  The Redbank Valley Trail was just recently announced as Pennsylvania’s 2014 Trail of The Year, so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  The weather couldn’t have been better either considering the Winter that we have had. [...]

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January 2014 Monthly Hike

January 25, 2014

And then…… there were 4. The Clarion Chapter of the North Country Trail Association had scheduled our monthly hike for January for today, January 25, 2014.  The weather today was, well…. pretty darn nasty.  A snow storm and wind chills below zero kept all but 4 of us, who also showed up late, away from [...]

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March 2013 Hike Recap

April 7, 2013

Clarion Chapter held it’s monthly hike for March on March 9, 2013.  27 brave souls headed onto what turned out to be a VERY ICY stretch of trail.  A picture of the hopeful hikers is below. Our hikers heading down White Oak Drive to the trail head to start the hike. For March, we chose [...]

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February 2013 Monthly Hike

February 24, 2013

Clarion Chapter held it’s monthly hike for February 2013 on Saturday, February 16, 2013.  We had decided to hike the section of trail from Gravel Lick to Highland Drive to get a glimpse of one the most scenic sections of trail in Clarion County in the wintertime.  After meeting at the gas station in Leeper, [...]

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January 2013 Monthly Hike Recap

January 20, 2013

Clarion Chapter kicked off the 2013 hiking year on Saturday, January 19th.  For January, we decided to hike from the Clarion River Hill trail head on Route 322 to Deer Creek.  After meeting up at the Country Fair convenience store in Shippenville at 11AM, we quickly shuttled cars and hikers around to get ready for [...]

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November 2012 Monthly Hike Recap

November 18, 2012

The Clarion County Chapter of the North Country Trail Association held it’s monthly hike for November on Saturday, November 17, 2012.  We hiked approximately 6 miles along the (hopefully not for too much longer) “Alternate” route along the Clarion Highlands Trail from Station Road to Stone House Road.  After shuttling most of the cars to [...]

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October Monthly Hike/Picnic/Shelter Grand Opening

October 13, 2012

The Clarion Chapter of the North Country Trail Association held it’s monthly hike for October of 2012 on Satuday, October 13th.  For our hike this month, we decided that it would be a good idea to not only hike, but hike past the new overnight hiking shelter that we recently constructed on the North Country [...]

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September Monthly Hike Recap

September 30, 2012

Ten hikers showed up on an overcast and slightly rainy Saturday morning for the Clarion Chapter of the North Country Trail Association’s monthly hike for September.  For September, we decided to travel off of the North Country Trail in Clarion County and travel into the Allegheny National Forest to hike the Minister Creek hiking trail. [...]

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August “Blue Moon” Hike Recap

September 4, 2012

The Clarion Chapter of the North Country Trail Association held it’s monthly hike for August on Friday, August 31st. Since last years “Full Moon Hike” was such a success, we decided to repeat it again this year.  However, we did not realize when we announced the hike that this “Full Moon Hike” was actually a [...]

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