Armstrong, Redbank Ride

A Longer Ride along the Armstrong, Redbank Trails

This route of about 66 miles covers most of the Armstrong and Redbank trails. It runs from Crooked Creek/Roston (5 miles south of Kittanning) to Brookville. The first 12 miles are very populated as it passes through Kittanning and its nearby communities. After leaving Kittanning the trail follows the Allegheny River and Redbank Creek with river on one side of the trail and typically hillside on the other with occasional small towns and summer home/trailer park communities. To see more detail about these two trails check out the write-up in the book FreeWheeling Easy in Western Pennsylvania, Volume NE. page 90, and page 118.

There are three side trails for a total of 161 if you do it all, out and back. :

  • A 4.5 mile side spur leads to East Brady with its restaurants and coffee shops.
  • short 1 mile to a small falls on CowanshannockCreek
  • A 1 to 9 mile spur to Sligo (mileage depends on how much trail gets built this winter/spring,

A sample 4 day itinerary would be to drive to Kittanning the night before. The next day ride north to the Climax Tunnel and stay at Hunters Lodge (40 mile day). The following day continue north to Brookville with a side trip on the Sligo spur (35 mile day). Return the next two days.

For a higher mileage two day trip go Kittanning to Brookville (61 miles) and return the next day. adding the side trips would give you 80 mile days.

The Industrial Heart Lands Coalition (IHTC) has published a one page sheet write-up on this section of trail called Trail Tips (PDF 3.4MB)



  Brookville
6   Moore Road
8 2   Summerville
18 12 10   Hawthorn
21 15 14 4   New Bethlehem
25 19 17 7 3   Climax Tunnel
36 30 28 18 15 11   Lawsonham
43 37 35 25 22 18 7   Redbank Parking
47 41 39 29 25 22 11 4   Rimer
52 47 45 35 31 28 17 9 6   Templeton
55 49 47 37 33 30 19 12 8 2   Lock and Dam 8
59 53 51 41 38 34 23 16 12 6 4   Canfield
63 57 55 45 41 38 27 19 16 10 8 4   Kittanning
66 60 59 48 45 42 30 23 19 14 11 7 4   Ford City
67 61 60 50 46 43 31 24 21 15 13 8 5 1   Crooked Creek
78 72 70 60 56 53 42 34 31 25 23 19 15 11 10   Kiskiminetas RIver Bridge


To find the mileage for your trip: Select starting and ending points, read down from the northern end and left from the southern end. At the intersection read the distance to nearest mile between those two points.