Clarion County Chapter

About the Chapter:

The Clarion Chapter of the North Country Trail Association is responsible for developing, promoting and maintaining the North Country National Scenic Trail’s pathway in and around Clarion County, Pennsylvania.  Clarion Chapter’s section of the NCT offers 96 miles of adventure into the PA countryside

The Clarion Chapter has monthly hikes with a good turnout. We also have a group workday once a month. We have canoe/kayak trips on the Clarion River, and we organize picnics and cookouts at our shelters.

We would love to have you join us for one or any of our monthly events.We also are always in great need of people who want to get out and help build and maintain this national treasure.  Working on the North Country National Scenic Trail is an excellent opportunity for students, church groups and scouts looking for community service opportunities or projects.  If interested in helping out, please contact us using the links below to learn more!


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

Maps & Guides:


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Trail Overview:

The Eastern portion of Clarion Chapter’s section of the North Country National Scenic Trail starts at the Southern border of the Allegheny National Forest and ends near the Clarion County Airport outside of the city of Clarion, Pennsylvania.   This 35 miles of back-county trail features hikes along the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River and the scenic Toby Creek watershed as one travels through two tracts of Clear Creek State Forest, Cook Forest State Park and multiple State Game Lands.  Highlights of this section of the trail include: majestic old growth forests, the National Wild & Scenic Clarion River,  multiple opportunities for wildlife viewing and cascades and waterfalls on beautiful wooded streams.

The Western portion of Clarion Chapter’s section of the North Country National Scenic Trail starts on State Game Lands 63 near the Clarion County Airport, just outside of the city of Clarion, Pennsylvania and ends at the trail s crossing of the Allegheny River in the town of Parker, Pennsylvania.  Along most of this 50 miles of trail, the NCT shares a pathway with the Allegheny Valley Trails Association’s Clarion Highlands, Game Lands 45, Sandy Creek and Allegheny River Trails.  Along this back-country and gentle gradient Rails-to-Trails hike, one can soak in the serenity of the countryside and get a taste of the local culture and history as the trail briefly visits the villages of Emlenton, Foxburg and Parker.  Highlights of this section of the trail include: multiple opportunities for wildlife viewing,  pleasant strolls along scenic Sandy Creek and the historic Allegheny River, views of gently flowing streams from pedestrian safe railway bridges, and several long old railway tunnels.

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Suggested Hikes:

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Highland /Gravel Lick Hike

Distance: 6 miles

Why hike this section: This hike has overlook views of the Clarion River and goes past the Highland shelter. There are several  elevation changes.
Directions: The Highland trail head is on Highland Drive. Take Miola road about 8 miles north of Clarion to Highland Drive

Clarion River/Doe Run hike

Distance:  3 miles

Why hike this section:  This hike is easily accessed from Clarion.There is a scenic loop along Doe run.

Directions:  The trail head is on RT 322 at the west end of the bridge on the Clarion River which has spectacular cascading water falls.

Gravel Lick to Cook Forest In June

Why hike this section: Immerse yourself in the mountain laurel.

Directions: The trailhead is on Gravel Lick road off Miola road 10 miles north of Clarion.