Summary: In the 1880's, the PA RR made this a bustling corridor and there were plenty of small communities along the Little Toby Creek. Even though trains kept running until 1968, most of the communities were abandoned around the turn of the century. Little remains of these "ghost towns" but the land has well returned to wilderness and is now State Game Lands. (Orange is recommended during hunting seasons).
The rail-trail conversion is crushed limestone for a single track width.
Extention of the trail 8 miles south to Falls Creek is under development and there is a proposal to extend another spur west 17 miles to Brookville.
Trailhead: The southern terminus of the Clairion-Little Toby Trail is at Taylor Memorial Park in Brockway. Turn north on 7th Avenue off of Route 28. There is parking just to the left of the picnic pavilion after the stadium entrance. (N41 15.154 W78 47.677) The pavilion before that has a water fountain. Continue up Twp.Rd. 570 to Jenkins Run and you will find another parking area for the PA State Game Lands. (N41 16.692 W78 49.010)
The middle parking area at Carmen is just to the east of where PA Route 949 crosses Little Toby Creek. (N41 22.015 W78 49.266) The short distance from the parking area to the trail itself is not suitable for bikes so bikers might want to continue south on Twp.Rd. 318 to park at the State Game Lands parking area at Croyland. (N41 21.362 W78 49.080)
There are no amenities along the trail except a "rest room" in Carrier. (N41 17.442 W78 50.113) Since it's so prominently labled, I assume it is for public use. Carrier also has a spring.
Trail Guides for Clarion-Little Toby Trail-South:
Pennsylvanias Rail Trails (9th Edition)
by Tom Sexton & Patricia Tomes (Rails To Trails Conservancy)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: TriCounty Rails to Trails Association 814-772-7657
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Geiselman, who has posted 96 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Joe on 11/8/2007
I came down from Toronto Ontario to cycle on the trail and was really glad that I did so. While I have been on longer trails, the sceanery, local history and good condition of the trial make it very special. I would strongly advise this trail for family, seniors or first time cyclists. This is a very good introduction to what "rail trails" are all about. I was also very pleased with the small towns that I found at both ends of the trial. You can find nice motels, good restaurants and a generally friendly atmosphere. I also found the local people on the trail to be friendly and sociable. While no true "ghost towns" remain, there is an old ore crusher and other reminders of the area's history on the trail worth noting.
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