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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 The information in the book is out of date.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 additional information, feel free to use the feedback form.

We are currently (Fall 2017) concentrating on the trails north of Pittsburgh, that comprise the Eire to Pittsburgh effort. Real soon now we will publish this section as a separate guide.
Copyright 2017 Shaw-weil Associates - All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

 
Last Updated.
  Write-up ] Allegheny Highlands Trail 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Allegheny River Trail Jul 2017
Map ]  Write-up ] Armstrong Trail Jul 2016
Map ]  Write-up ] Bayfront Bikeway Oct 2015
Map ]  Write-up ] Beaver River Rails to Trails Oct 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Blairsville River Trail Feb 2017
Map ]  Write-up ] Brooke Pioneer, Yankee Trail Dec 2014
Map ]  Write-up ] Butler-Freeport Community Trail Jul 2016
Map ]  Write-up ] Buzzard Swamp Jul 1998
Map ]  [ No Write-up ] C & O Canal
Map ]  Write-up ] Chautauqua Rails to Trails Aug 2010
  Write-up ] Cheat Haven Trail 2002
  Write-up ] Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Clarion-Little Toby Bike and Hike Trail Oct 2014
Map ]  Write-up ] Clearfield to Grampian Trail 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Coal and Coke Trail May 2017
Map ]  Write-up ] Corry Junction Greenway Trail 01 Jul 2018
Map ]  Write-up ] Deckers Creek Apr 2009
Map ]  Write-up ] Duck Hollow Trail 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] East Branch Trail 01 Apr 2018
Map ]  Write-up ] Emerald Necklace 2002
Map ]  [ No Write-up ] Erie to Pittsburgh
Map ]  Write-up ] Ernst Bicycle Trail Apr 2016
Map ]  Write-up ] Five Star Trail Mar 2012
  Write-up ] Forbes State Forest, Mountain Streams II Trail System 2002
Map ]  [ No Write-up ] FreeWheelingEast Region
Map ]  Write-up ] Ghost Town Trail Sep 2016
Map ]  Write-up ] Great Lakes Seaway Trail Aug 2010
Map ]  Write-up ] Great Shamokin Path Nov 2010
Map ]  Write-up ] Greene River Trail 01 Apr 2018
  Write-up ] Greene River Trail 01 Apr 2018
Map ]  [ No Write-up ] Greenville - Jamestown Trail
  Write-up ] Harmony Trail Jan 1980
Map ]  Write-up ] Hoodlebug Trail Nov 2015
  Write-up ] Houtzdale Line Trail 2002
  Write-up ] Indian Creek Valley Hiking and Biking Trail 2002
  Write-up ] James Mayer Riverwalk Trail Jun 2010
  [ No Write-up ] Kellettville to Nebraska Trace
Map ]  Write-up ] Lake Wilhelm Trail Dec 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Little Beaver Creek Greenway Nov 2016
  Write-up ] Lower Trail (Juniata River Corridor) 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Mahoning Shadow Trail 01 Jul 2018
Map ]  Write-up ] McClintock Trail Mar 2017
Map ]  [ No Write-up ] McKeesport the Loop
  Write-up ] McPark Trail 2002
  Write-up ] Metro Parks Bike and Hike Trail (to Kent and Stow OH) 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Mill Creek 2002
  Write-up ] Mon River and Gasper Caperton Trails Dec 2011
Map ]  Write-up ] Montour Trail 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Moraine State Park (Lake Arthur) Bike Trail Sep 2015
  Write-up ] Mountain Maryland Trails 2002
Map ]  [ No Write-up ] Mt Jewlett to Kinzua Bridge
Map ]  [ No Write-up ] Neville - Boundry St
  Write-up ] North Bend Rail-Trail 2002
Map ]  [ No Write-up ] Ohio River Trail
  Write-up ] Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Oil City Trail Mar 2017
Map ]  Write-up ] Oil Creek State Park Trail Mar 2017
  Write-up ] PW&S Railroad Bike Trail 2002
Map ]  [ No Write-up ] Panhandle
Map ]  Write-up ] Path of Flood Trail/Staple Bend Trail 01 May 2018
Map ]  Write-up ] Presque Isle State Park Bikepath Oct 2015
Map ]  Write-up ] Pymatuning State Park Trail 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Queen City Trail Aug 2017
Map ]  Write-up ] Rail 66 Trail 01 Apr 2018
Map ]  Write-up ] Redbank Valley Trail Sep 2015
Map ]  Write-up ] Roaring Run Trail Nov 2015
Map ]  Write-up ] Samuel Justus Recreational Trail Mar 2017
Map ]  Write-up ] Sandy Creek Trail Oct 2017
Map ]  Write-up ] Sheepskin Rail-Trail Aug 2011
  Write-up ] Shenango River Trail 2002
  Write-up ] Shorter Trails and Bike Lanes near Pittsburgh 2002
  Write-up ] Staple Bend Trail Oct 2001
Map ]  Write-up ] Stavich Bicycle Trail Feb 2016
Map ]  Write-up ] Steel Valley Trail Apr 2016
Map ]  Write-up ] Three Rivers Heritage Trail Aug 2006
  Write-up ] Three Rivers Heritage Trail Aug 2006
Map ]  Write-up ] Three Rivers Heritage Trail - Erie to Pittsburgh Aug 2006
  Write-up ] Tidioute Riverside Rec Trek Trail 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] Trout Island Trail Jan 2014
Map ]  Write-up ] Warren/North Warren Trail Sep 2015
  Write-up ] West Fork River Trail 2002
Map ]  Write-up ] West Penn Trail Sep 2015
  Write-up ] Western Maryland Rail Trail 2002
Map ]  [ No Write-up ] Western Reserve Greenway
Map ]  Write-up ] Westland Branch (Montour Trail) Sep 201
Map ]  Write-up ] Westmoreland Heritage Trail Aug 2017
Map ]  Write-up ] Wheeling Heritage Trails Dec 2014
Map ]  Write-up ] Wynn and Clara Tredway Riverfront Park Aug 2010
  Write-up ] Youghiogheny River Trail, Northern Section 2002
  Write-up ] Youghiogheny River Trail, Southern Section 2002

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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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