Butler County Chapter

About the Chapter:

Butler Chapter North Country TrailOur Butler Chapter has a planning meeting the second Wednesday of each month at the Butler YMCA trustees meeting room. We hold monthly hikes and special events such as the annual Cherry Pie Hike commemorating George Washington and his guide Christopher Gist’s journey through Butler County in 1753. This event is held at Jennings EEC and has re-enactors, history hikes, nature hikes and a 4 mile long hike along the NCT. Chapter volunteers maintain the historic Davis Hollow Cabin in Moraine State Park. Our chapter assigns trail adopters to each section of our trail and each spring hosts a weeklong trailcare event with the Keystone Trails Association to tackle larger trail projects.

Connect:

Please contact us to find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities:

E-mail: but@northcountrytrail.org

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NCTAButlerChapter/

Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/ButlerCountyNCTA/

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/North-Country-Trail-Hikers-of-PA/

Join our Chapter! Become a member of the NCTA, join a Chapter and select Butler Chapter here: northcountrytrail.org/membership

View and Download our Chapter Brochure here.

Davis Hollow Cabin (Available for rent): northcountrytrail.org/trail/pennsylvania/davis-hollow-cabin/

Maps:

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Butler County Map (PDF)

Events:

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Trail Overview:

Cherry Pie Hike North Country Trail

Cherry Pie Hike

The 57 mile Butler Chapter segment of the North Country Trail begins at Alpha Pass in McConnell’s Mill State Park and ends crossing the Parker Bridge over the Allegheny River at Parker, Pa. The trail in Butler County winds through the forested hills of the Allegheny Plateau in Western Pennsylvania.

The trail skirts Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park passing by the Muddy Creek Dam, the Owlet Gift Shop (Maps, brochures, snacks), the Link Rd Adirondack Shelters, and the historic Davis Hollow Cabin (camping is permitted). The trail then follows an old Indian path which follows the high ground north through hardwood and pine forests past the Jennings Environmental Education Center (gift shop, restrooms, remnant prairie) to the historic Old Stone House(1882), a restored inn on the stage coach route from Pittsburgh to Erie.

The trail passes by West Sunbury, PA and through 13 miles of trail in the forested PA State Gamelands 95 in northern Butler County. Another 4mile segment passes remnants of the early oil industry along Bear Creek and crosses the mouth of Bear Creek on the way to the trail town of Parker, PA.

Parker – Trail Town

Parker–America’s smallest city–is located along the scenic Allegheny River in Western Pennsylvania.  The forested hills and clear streams and the natural beauty of the surrounding area provide residents and visitors alike with year-round outdoor recreation. Learn more about the Trail Town of Parker here.

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Suggested Hikes:

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Hidden River Bridge to Burnside Road Hike

Length: 6 miles easy to moderate

This out and back hike in Moraine State Park passes by a butterfly trail, the Owlet Gift Shop and picnic pavilions, the 30ft Muddy Creek Bridge, the Muddy Creek Dam for Lake Arthur, the scenic Lake Arthur shoreline, under the Rt 422 Bridge, through hardwood and pine forests.

Driving Directions: From Butler PA travel Rt 422 west and exit to the right at North Shore Drive; follow North Shore Drive east to the second Bicycle Rental Parking area and begin at the NCT trailhead kiosk. Hike west a short ways to the Hidden River Bridge then hike back past the Bicycle Rental and restrooms building east towards Burnside Rd.

From other directions travel on Rt 19 to Burnside Rd. Travel East 2 miles to West Park Rd. Travel north to North Shore Drive, then east to the Bicycle Rental Parking Area.

Rt 528 Bridge to Jennings Prairie Hike

Length: 7 miles Moderate to difficult

This hike begins along Lake Arthur west of the 528 bridge and travels along the shore of Lake Arthur for a mile, then connects with the NCT climbing a ridge through hardwood forests, dropping down to the Rt 528 trailhead, crossing 528 and north along the ridges to the Jennings Prairie with summer blooms of blazing stars and other prairie flowers. Stop by the Education Center at Jennings and see displays of local wildlife, stop by their gift shop and use the restrooms.

Hike back 7 miles to your car, or drive back in the car you left at Jennings before the hike.

Driving directions:  From Rt 422 drive north along RT 528, cross the 528 bridge over Lake Arthur and turn right to the boat launch sign, park in the shade under the bridge and then begin your hike west along the shore.

Parker area State Gamelands 95 hike

Length: 4-8 mile easy to moderate hike

Begin at the Rt 256 trailhead and cross Rt 268 and hike north 2 miles to El Dorado Rd in State Gamelands 295. The trail passes through oil industry remnants, the scenic Bear Creek valley, past rock formations and hemlock covered hills. Return 2 miles back to your car and then you can hike south to the Main Bear Creek Gorge 2 miles to the trailtown of Parker, along the Allegheny River.

Have a picnic lunch at the community park along the river or stop to eat in a local restaurant, then return 2 miles to your car. Wear orange and bright clothing in the fall or hike on Sundays.

Driving directions: From Butler, drive Rt 68 north to Rt 268 just north of Chicora, PA, then pass through Karns City and Bruin stopping at the Rt 268 trailhead on your left about a mile north of Parker, PA