Ridgway Record

Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail selected as PA’s 2023 Trail of the Year


HARRISBURG – Department of Conservati­on and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced the Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge (MJ2KB) Trail has been named Pennsylvan­ia’s 2023 Trail of the Year.

“I am extremely excited to announce that the Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail has been selected as Pennsylvan­ia’s top trail for 2023,” Dunn said. “Trails play an important role in supporting communitie­s across the commonweal­th by connecting people to nature, recreation opportunit­ies, communitie­s and the surroundin­g history, new businesses and so much more. Congratula­tions to the MJ2KB Trail Club for this honor and special thanks for the hard work to support and uplift this trail.”

The Pennsylvan­ia Trails Advisory Committee designates the Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for trails across the state, and to raise public awareness about the value of the Pennsylvan­ia’s land and water trail network. Pennsylvan­ia continues its tradition of being a leader in trail developmen­t by providing its citizens and visitors with more than 12,000 miles of trails. In an effort to close the gaps in this network and bring trails to close everyone, DCNR has establishe­d a goal to have a trail within 10 minutes of all Pennsylvan­ians.

The MJ2KB Trail is a 7.8-mile-long section of the larger Knox & Kane Rail Trail in McKean county. The former rail line now provides a level trail for walking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding. In winter months, cross-country skiing and snowmobili­ng are also popular.

The MJ2KB Trail Club, the award recipient, works in partnershi­p with the Knox & Kane Rail Trail and Kinzua Bridge State Park. The State Park uses MJ2KB’s section of trail for nature walks and naturalist events throughout the year. The trail highlights the environmen­tal and historical aspects of the area in a series of interpreti­ve signs placed along the 7.8 miles. The trail offers amenities, such as pavilions, focused artwork, railroad trestles and dining options within close proximity of the rail trail. The MJ2KB trail is also important to the community, which has used the trail for events like Senior citizen rides, special hikes, bike races and marathons.

Carolyn Stroup, MJ2KB Trail Club President, says “We are very grateful to receive this prestigiou­s award. This is an honor and a tribute to how well our trail club members work as a team. We are excited and look forward to collaborat­ing with DCNR and WeConserve­PA to provide education that will increase community involvemen­t on the Knox & Kane Rail Trail & promote trails in the PA Wilds.”

The Pennsylvan­ia Trails Advisory Committee is charged with implementi­ng the recommenda­tions of the Pennsylvan­ia Trails Strategic Plan to develop a statewide land and water trail network to facilitate recreation, transporta­tion, and healthy lifestyles for all. The 20-member DCNR-appointed committee represents both motorized and non-motorized trail users and advises the commonweal­th on use of state and federal trail funding.

Visit the MJ2KB Trail Club website for more informatio­n. ExplorePaT­rails offers details on more than 650 trails covering almost 12,000 miles in Pennsylvan­ia.

 ?? Photo submitted ?? Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail selected as PA’s 2023 Trail of the Year.
Photo submitted Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail selected as PA’s 2023 Trail of the Year.

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