Westbound Track 2 is jointed rail; Eastbound Track 1 is heavy, welded mainline rail. The trail is crushed limestone for just under 4 miles from Weirton to the Pennsylvania state line, where Washington County has recently competed blacktopping their section of the trail. 40 miles before re-filling water. The Northern Panhandle Rail Trail, located in the city of Weirton and Brooke County, is a part of the West Virginia and U.S. Federal rails to trails program. I was interested in seeing some old RR history so made it out before the trees filled in. The Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail maintains the approximately 2.4 miles of the Panhandle Trail from Walkers Mill Entrance to Gregg Station. Just west of the short, flat straight spot just west of Trail Milepost 29 (which is also the railroad mileage from Pittsburgh Union Station), observe the deep cut running the length of that first curve. The only highlights on this trail from Rennerdale to Oakdale were some of the different bird species that we saw. Although there are a few things to see on this section of trail, mostly it is not that interesting, and it really hurts the body to ride 8 miles on big, hard rocks. i can't understand why. We parked near the fire department in Midway, PA. Top Florida Panhandle Off-Road & ATV Trails: See reviews and photos of off-road & atv trails in Florida Panhandle, Florida on Tripadvisor. Otherwise the trail is great to ride. Panhandle Trail is 2.4 miles from Walkers Mill Entrance to Gregg Station. The WV part of the trail is so rocky and bumpy and has so much broken glass on it I’ll never ride there again. Surprising elevation changes-not enough to gas you but when you do the whole trail from Carnegie to Wierton on a sunny, humid day (57.7miles) it is challenging. Although there are a few things to see on this section of trail, mostly it is not that interesting, and it really hurts the body to ride 8 miles on big, hard rocks. You'd be looking at "CO"s westward signal from the east side of the grade crossing at the Colliers trail parking lot. This is a CLASSIC Pennsy multi-track signaling structure, once ubiquitous over its 10,000 mile system. One complained about the pavement in Washington County and I have to conclude the author was off his meds. The Florida Panhandle offers some of the most exciting horseback riding trails in the South, featuring beach horseback riding and forest horse trails with tree canopies shading the trail. Me and my dog hiked from Burgettstown to the trailhead at Harmons Creek today. Lots of open space with little tree cover. Restaurant for lunch. Also note there is heavy ATV and dirt bike use in the Washington county section. If you start in W.V. It had poured rain on my car ride to the trail but had stopped and the sun came out. well maintained. To get there, simply take the Harmon Creek Road exit, which I believe is the last exit before crossing the big bridge into Steubenville (heading west towards Ohio). I can find little to not like about the Panhandle Trail. Nice place to stop and rest.Mile 17 - Burgettstown - Small town with a Restaurant (The Pennsy) and Convienience Store right next to the trail. Note the wide right-of-way, which was occupied by two main tracks and a center siding. I highly recommend riding. The grade here was a gentle uphill from "WC" at less than 1% eastward to Mile 33.5, where it gets STEEP! Enjoy the ride! !Mile 8.21 - McDonald Trestle. There is a small section of the trail that is loose gravel, but otherwise it is largely paved and a well-maintained trail. This is a really great trail and I'm sure the crews will be fixing what needs worked on before too long, but proceed with caution going west from Fort Cherry for the time being. Parking. Others complained that it was not very scenic. It was private yet you could see the biker/pedestrian traffic on the main trail! Inlet Beach Access. I have bicycled the entire length of this trail, and for the most part it can be divided into three sections. I only encountered a few of these during my ride, and they were adequately spaced such that I didn't have to gear down. Those trail groups should inquire with the trail leaders in the city of Newark and Licking County, Ohio how they were able to successfully create this trail. The trail is part of the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition’s developing 1,500-mile trail network through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and New York. "Stumbled across this place on route to Fort Walton, the boardwalk is a mile long lovely walk shame weather wasn’t very warm and tubing would be perfect here, saw a woodpecker, couple snakes and some lovely turtles." . The surface is mostly railroad ballast made of large rocks. PLEASE don't try that! It just needs to be graded and more gravel spread around I think I'll start my ride in McDonald until this is remedied. I go on this trial when I get the chance too. take the Harmon Creek Road exit, turn right off exit, then go to trail parking as described above. I will definitely be back to this trail, and kudos to the person/crew that maintains it. Covered approx. . Rode the panhandle trial from McDonald to Burgettstown and wanted to give an updated review of what I discovered: - Trial consists of crushed stone very similar to Montour trial. if your close it is a good warm up / training ride! This trail is so nice! Ride this section at your own risk. Starting at the old Walkers Mill station about 10 miles west of Pittsburgh, the trail passes through a succession of small towns that become farther apart as you head west. This is a very nice section that has lots of interesting things to see, along with many amenities. Landing strip not far from the trail, look for a windsock.Mile 13.5 - Bulger - Small village with an interesting veterans memorial and two artillery cannons. This morning we decided to do the short ride between Oakdale and Rennerdell and then head to McDonald. This is where the Montour Trail intersects with the Panhandle. The Panhandle Trail is recognized as a valuable resource and landmark for residents, becoming the 100th successful rail-trail project in Pennsylvania. The Panhandle Trail isn't named because there are a lot of beggars on the path! Not too many hills but a few steady grades to climb. Alot of old Pennsylvania RR artifacts litter the area if your into railroads and that type of things. Ideally you would want to bike the trail especially if you plan to complete the entire trail. Go 0.5 mile, and look for trailhead parking on the left. During a major forest fire in North Idaho in the late summer of 1910, “Big Ed” Pulaski’s firefighting crew got caught in the middle of a fire storm. The pedestrian subway for the station, complete with heavy, solid stairway railing, typical PRR yellow-gold bricks, and even the frame of what was glass block overhead lighting for the tunnel, is still there! Nearly a mile west of town, you’ll pass a small airfield and the highest point on the trail. . The WV side has been repaved this year so it's nice to ride that section now. Road end to end and back, starting at Walker Mills. Washington County portion is in excellent condition!!! Today the trail passes through rolling countryside and small towns where you can stop to explore or get a meal. Please note: parking at all trail entrances is in gravel lots. The trail is wide and well maintained. This trail is one of my favorites. The rail corridor has been transformed into a multi-use, non-motorized trail stretching nearly 29 miles, from Weirton, West Virginia, to Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Certainly a rough ride, but about what I expected given the flooding the area had been though just a couple days earlier. I am sure I will ride the Panhandle Trail again when I am visiting Pops. The Hanlin depot stood on the south side of the eastbound platform at Hanlin. (Actually, it was one leg of a cross-country trip: http://www.john.stechschulte.net . The Panhandle Trail connects to the Montour Trail between the Village of Primrose and the Town of McDonald and will eventually link to Washington, D.C. The 4th track stubbed, and the line narrowed to three tracks, at the West Virginia-Pennsylvania line marker (see photos), a beautiful and ultra rare type of classic Pennsy maintenance division marker. From the station, the Panhandle Trail’s 17-mile paved section extends west all the way to the West Virginia border. Section one runs from Walker Mill to the Village of Primrose. God Bless Washington County where I grew up, the trail is paved from the Allegheny County line to the West Virginia Line. Took the mountain bike up to the rail entrance in Weirton...Typically ride the Wheeling Heritage trail and this was a nice diversion. Just past the brewery there is a very rough spot. I noticed 2 separate bikes with flats. The Panhandle Trail presently stretches from Rennerdale, PA to Weirton, WV although the Rennerdale trail head has a Carnegie mailing address. excellent ride, great views, and wildlife. Someone has unsuccessfully tried prying off the marker's numerals, too! Trail was full of puddles but nonetheless I started out and could see that it was scenic and fun. Now, connected with "WC" is that BEAUTIFUL old 4-track signal bridge 0.9 miles east, with the "Panhandle Trail" sign suspended from it. This is an extremely cool are rare vestige of passenger service that was curtailed at little stations like this way back in the early half of the last century. This was OK, but you can't ride as fast on it. My husband and I usually ride on the panhandle trail weekly and today when entering at the oakdale entrance i was surprised how bad that section of the trail has become. I ding it one gear as there is no outstanding feature that is a must see, so it gets 9 Gears (on a 10 gear cassette). beer bottles here & there.other then that it's clean. Then go 100 feet, and turn right onto McColl Road. I saw few to no bikes for 20 miles. Collier Girl Scouts and other volunteers will fill 500 treat bags, and carved jack o’ lanterns set up along a half-mile stretch of the Trail from the bridge near the Walkers Mill … The Panhandle Trail stretches 29 miles between Carnegie, Pennsylvania, and Weirton, West Virginia. This is where the Montour Trail intersects with the Panhandle. The Panhandle Pathway is a 22-mile rail-trail corridor running through Pulaski and Cass Counties, Indiana. Rode the panhandle today, just a couple days after some big rain storms hit the area. The only other highlight of the day were the surprisingly good pretzel sticks at the Rennerdale Corner Store. Some things you will see on this section are . The scenery is nice and the trail is not as crowded as the Montour Trail. Collier Yard expanded the line to SIX tracks between Mile 37.5 and 36.4. Have not yet done the full 58 mile “out and back”’to WV, but will someday! Stopped in Midway (10 miles) to fill my 2 water bottles and drink a water bottle before heading to WV. The lack of water is something I think needs to be looked into at some point. Very well kept up with and it’s beautiful when the sun shines. I look forward to going back to the trail soon. This final leg meanders through coal country to Weirton, West Virginia, once home to the giant Weirton Steel Corporation. This bridge held bi-directional "distant" (approach) position light signals at Mile 38.8 for "WC" to the west, and for the remote "CO" switches at Colliers, to the east. Now, east of Colliers, here's where the good stuff shows up. Don't forget to check out the cool PA/WV line marker! I witnessed a few riders getting off their bikes and walking through this section. This route was made famous by the merger of several railroads in the 1860s to create the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway (PCC&StL), or simply the Panhandle Route. I believe there are plans to connect this trail to the Wheeling/Heritage port system at some point in the future, headed up by Bob Skatterday, but I do not see evidence that this is doable at this point. took this trail from the starting point of trail. It's a great ride through small quiet towns. The substantial brick buildings in McDonald are evidence of the oil boom that struck in the late 1800s; coal is still mined in the area. section. The 29-mile trail is maintained by several communities and organizations along the way. The beginning 6 miles or so are very rough with big loose stones so you have to watch where you are going and even then you will hit the rocks. A TNT explosion near the rail line here in 1918 killed 200 people. Mile 10.5 - Midway - Small town with a convienience store and an air pump (Which you might need, since this trail is so rough).Mile 11 - Radio controlled airplane club - sometimes they are flying over the trail. There is a huge pile of gravel and on the opposite side of the pile are train tracks. Section three runs from Burgettstown to Weirton, and has a pretty decent trail surface for most of the way. By the time we got there, the sky was clearing and we were in for a beautiful, yet windy, day. Have fun and enjoy the ride! - Pennsys restaurant is now closed in Burgettstown. They also have lots of benches and an interesting use of an old signal bridge to hang the ""Panhandle Trail"" sign on.Mile 29.44 - Dead End - This is the real end of the trail. An important piece of the federal government-supported and highly acclaimed National Rails to Trails Program, the Panhandle Trail is a beautiful, 26-mile recreational trail which runs from Walker’s Mill in Allegheny County through McDonald and 16 beautiful miles of Washington County to Weirton, West Virginia. Too many access points to stop them effectively. Nice surface except one section that was really rough in spots. 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