I recently had the pleasure of spending 3 days riding one of the most incredible rail-trails that I have ever encountered. Located about 150 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, deep in the "Pennsylvania Grand Canyon", lies a 61-mile slice of heaven known as the Pine Creek Rail Trail.
Driving from Pittsburgh, I stopped about halfway and rode the David S. Ammerman Trail in Clearfield, PA. It was a nice way to break up the 3-hour drive to Pine Creek Gorge.
I rented a cabin in Cammal, a small town located about 20 miles up Pine Creek. After checking in and unloading my gear, I quickly hopped on the trail (located right next to my cabin!) and headed south to the southern terminus in Jersey Shore.
I had been following the trail's awesome Facebook community and studying Linda Stager's , "The Pine Creek Rail Trail Guide Book" for a while, so I knew the trail was beautiful - but no words or pictures can possibly describe how spectacular this trail actually feels when you ride it. You need to start planning your own trip now!
I ended up seeing a wide variety of wildlife on this trip. In total I saw 2 black bears, 2 bald eagles, 2 grey foxes, a whole bunch of deer, herons, frogs, toads, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, and a rattlesnake!