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.

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 Cowanshannock¬† Creek
  • 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.

Brookville                                                                                      
8 Summerville                                                                                    
21 13 New Bethlehem                                                                                    
25 17 4 Climax Tunnel                                                                                    
36 28 15 11 Lawsonham                                                                                    
51 43 30 26 15 Templeton                                                                                    
61 53 40 36 25 10 Kittanning                                                                                    
66 58 45 41 30 15 5 Crooked Creek                                                                                    

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.