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FreeWheeling Easy in Western Pennsylvania

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Mary Shaw and Roy Weil

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Trails for the Rest of Us

If you like to bicycle but you don't like to ride in automobile traffic or on rough, steep, undeveloped tracks, these trails are for you. They are: easy to ride or walk, off-limits to automobile traffic, reasonably level

Depending on their history, these routes are variously called rail-trails, bike paths, greenways, towpaths, and linear parks. Some are paved, some dirt or crushed stone; a few have short excursions onto roads with very little (and very slow) traffic. All are suitable for touring bikes with medium to wide tires and for hybrid or mountain bikes. They provide opportunities for short family outings and for multi-day touring. If you like to walk on wide smooth gentle paths, you will also enjoy them.

Book Status

FreeWheeling Easy, the book, has been out of print for some time. The information in the book is out of date. Trail builders just keep building trails. We are in the process of updating the information. This web site will have the latest draft of the Guide. It is draft so the image resolution is not great. If you see some errors, or know of addtional information, feel free to use the feedback form.

We are currently (Summer 2014) concentrating on the trails north of Pittsburgh, that comprise the Eire to Pittsburgh effort. Real soon now we will publish this section as a seperate guide.
Copyright 2014 Shaw-weil Associates - All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

 
Last Updated
  Write-up ] Allegheny Highlands Trail 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Allegheny River TrailApr 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Armstrong TrailOct 2012
Map ]  Write-up ] Bayfront BikewaySep 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Beaver River Rails to to TrailsDec 2011
  Write-up ] Brooke Pioneer Trail, Yankee TrailAug 2012
Map ]  Write-up ] Butler-Freeport Community TrailAug 2012
Map ]  Write-up ] Buzzard SwampJan 2011
  Write-up ] Chautauqua Rails to TrailsApr 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Chautauqua Rails to TrailsApr 2011
  Write-up ] Cheat Haven Trail2002
  Write-up ] Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Clarion-Little Toby Bike and Hike TrailApr 2011
  Write-up ] Clearfield to Grampian Trail2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Coal and Coke TrailAug 2010
Map ]  Write-up ] Corry Junction Greenway TrailApr 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Deckers CreekApr 2009
Map ]  Write-up ] Duck Hollow Trail2002
Map ]  Write-up ] East Branch TrailApr 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Emerald Necklace2002
  Write-up ] Erie to Pittsburgh2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Ernst Bicycle TrailOct 2012
Map ]  Write-up ] Five Star TrailApr 2012
  Write-up ] Forbes State Forest, Mountain Streams II Trail System2002
  Write-up ] Ghost Town Trail2002
  Write-up ] Great Lakes Seaway TrailApr 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Great Lakes Seaway Trail2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Great Shamokin PathJan 2011
  Write-up ] Greene River Trail2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Greenville - Jamestown Trail2002
  Write-up ] Harmony TrailNov 2011
  Write-up ] Hoodlebug Trail2002
  Write-up ] Houtzdale Line Trail2002
  Write-up ] Indian Creek Valley Hiking and Biking Trail2002
  Write-up ] James Mayer Riverwalk TrailJan 2011
  Write-up ] Kellettville to Nebraska Trace No Write-up2002
  Write-up ] Lake Willhelm TrailJan 2012
Map ]  Write-up ] Little Beaver Creek GreenwaySep 2013
Map ]  Write-up ] Little Beaver GreenWay TrailApr 2012
  Write-up ] Lower Trail (Juniata River Corridor)2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Mahoning Shadow TrailJan 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] McClintock Trail17 May 2014
Map ]  Write-up ] McKeesport the Loop2002
  Write-up ] McPack Trail2002
  Write-up ] Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail (to Kent and Stow OH)2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Mill Creek2002
  Write-up ] Mon River and Gasper Caperton TrailsNov 2013
Map ]  Write-up ] Moraine State Park (Lake Arthur) Bike TrailJan 2011
  Write-up ] Mountain Maryland Trails2002
  Write-up ] North Bend Rail-Trail2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Ohio River Trail2002
  Write-up ] Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Oil City Trail17 May 2014
Map ]  Write-up ] Oil Creek State Park TrailApr 2011
  Write-up ] PW&S Railroad Bike Trail2002
Map ]  Write-up ] PanhandleAug 2012
  Write-up ] ParkingPoints2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Path of Flood TrailAug 2008
Map ]  Write-up ] Presque Isle State Park BikepathDec 1969
Map ]  Write-up ] Pymatuning State Park Trail2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Queen City TrailJan 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Redbank Valley TrailJul 2012
  Write-up ] Roaring RunJul 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Samuel Justus Recreational TrailMar 2013
Map ]  Write-up ] Sandy Creek TrailOct 2013
  Write-up ] Sheepskin Rail-TrailSep 2011
  Write-up ] Shenango River Trail2002
  Write-up ] Shorter Trails and Bike Lanes near Pittsburgh2002
  Write-up ] Staple Bend TrailSep 2001
Map ]  Write-up ] Stavich Bicycle TrailDec 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Steel Valley TrailAug 2007
Map ]  Write-up ] Three Rivers Heritage TrailAug 2006
  [ No Write-up ]Tidioute Riverside Rec Trek Trail
Map ]  Write-up ] Trout Island Trail11 Jan 2014
Map ]  Write-up ] Warren/North Warren TrailNov 2010
  Write-up ] West Fork River Trail2002
  Write-up ] West Penn TrailSep 2007
  Write-up ] Western Maryland Rail Trail2002
Map ]  [ No Write-up ]Western Reserve Greenway
Map ]  Write-up ] Westland Branch (Montour Trail)Dec 1969
Map ]  Write-up ] Westland Branch (Montour Trail) Dec 1969
  Write-up ] Westmoreland Heritage TrailDec 1969
  Write-up ] Wheeling Heritage TrailsJan 2013
Map ]  Write-up ] Wynn and Clara Tredway Riverfront ParkApr 2009
  Write-up ] Youghiogheny River Trail, Northern Section2002
  Write-up ] Youghiogheny River Trail, Southern Section2002

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FreeWheeling Easy, the book, has been out of print for some time. The information in the book is out of date. Trail builders just keep building trails. We are in the process of updating the information. This web site will have the latest draft of the Guide.

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As always we have made a serious effort to present accurate descriptions.  However we are human, trails change with time, and we occasionally receive incorrect information.  Therefore we can not be responsible for discrepancies between these descriptions and actual trail conditions.   Use common sense, judgment and be careful out there.

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