Butler-Freeport - TRAIL

Butler-Freeport - Trail, Butler, Pennsylvania

Rail Trail

User Reviews (7)

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MARK   Weekend Warrior [Jul 08, 2012]

STARTING AT BONIEBROOK ROAD HERMAN, THE TRAIL IS SLIGHTLY UPHILL FOR A MILE OR SO THEN SLIGHTLY DOWNHILL ALL THE WAY TO FREEPORT . I FOUND THIS TRAIL VERY PLEASANT AND SHADY A LOT OF THE WAY. NICE VIEWS AND COOL BY THE STEAMS EDGE. THE TRAIL IS NOT TO HARD FOR A BEGINNER OR TO EASY FOR MORE EXPERIENCED. ONE TIME I ROAD THE TRAIL ROUND TRIP IN THREE HOURS.

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3
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3
Paul0   Downhiller [May 23, 2005]

As of 5/2005: Trail length: 20 miles total. 16 miles are in good condition, but the 4 miles closest to Butler are very rough, muddy gravel with fallen trees. Trail surface: mostly crushed limestone. Some short stretches of gravel, sand, and asphalt. Easily doable with a road bike, though you need to be careful in the sandy spots. Web site: http://www.butlerfreeporttrail.org/ This is a rails-to-trails route, so the grades are very gradual. Contrary to some of the earlier comments, the surface between Freeport and Herman (the southerly 16 miles of the trail) is mostly quite good. Some of the earlier comments are now out-of-date. There was bad erosion between Monroe Road and Sarver in Sept 2004 due to Hurricane Ivan, but major repairs were done and that stretch is fine for bicycling today (even if there are long term erosion issues there). The scenery along Buffalo Creek and Little Buffalo Creek between Freeport and Cabot to is very beautiful - as pretty as the better known Allegheny Highlands trail along the Youghiogheny River. There are many nice places to stop and walk down to the stream for picnicking or fishing (easier accessibility than the Yough). The water looks pretty clean. North of Cabot you encounter residential areas, a golf course, and farms. [mtbr's "experience level" question is dumb, since it tries to pigeonhole me as "weekend warrior", "cross country rider", "downhiller", or "racer". I'm none of those. I picked one at random.]

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4
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2
JGlaister   Weekend Warrior [Aug 14, 2004]

As a cardiac patient, this trail can give me a pretty good workout. There are some rough places. The first few miles at the Laneville end are rough ballast, due to be updated this summer (2004). The trail surface is generally smoother but more narrow in places from Monroe Road to Sarver. The surface of the most frequently used portion of the trail is nice crushed limestone from Sarver through Cabot and Marwood to Keasey Road. From there it gets a little rough for a street bike. There is usually a lot of mud through the farm between Keasey Road and Jones Road, so I usually leave the trail, turning right to go up the hill on Keasey and left downhill on Jones Road to meet the trail again just past the turkey farm. The next mile or so on the trail can be rough, since the trail surface seems to get washed away quite often, but the downhill section to Great Belt is nice. It can be a little rough through the recently opened section from Summit to Bonniebrook Road at Herman. The crews are working beyond that point to extend the trail to Butler. Parking is limited at most railheads. Plenty of parking at Sarver and Cabot. Food is available at The Pit Stop in Cabot.

Customer Service

For easiest access, take Route 356 to 228 east and park at Sarver. I like to start at Monroe Road, head south to Laneville to warm up, then start my climb north until I get too tired to go on. After a rest, it's much easier coming back downhill.

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3
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3
CGMassart   Weekend Warrior [Oct 22, 2003]

Great smooth easy ride for bicycle riders of all ages. Beautiful scenery along the creeks.

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4
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1
Jon Erik Rathfon   [May 02, 2001]

nice family ride. the trails climbs out of sarver so you will have a nice return trip. looks like there may be some singletrack of the sides but I was pulling my two year old. will report back with details.

Customer Service

Park in Sarver head towards Butler

Similar Products Used: Mon Yough trail of course
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4
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Sean   [May 05, 2002]

This isn't a paved trail, it's crushed limestone. If you ride hard down and back it can be tough. I was there in april of 2002 and they had just done some major trail work since the time before when i was there. Trails were wider and more rough, cause of some construction machine used to clear out trees. It's an ok ride nothing to go crazy over. This trail is good for riders of all abilities. I'm a novice if I'm lucky and I don't find it super difficult. But if you hustle down and back by the last 2 - 3 miles it can be a challenge.

Customer Service

travel north on rt.8

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3
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locals   [Mar 28, 2003]

those trails are tiny you want real trails come to cowlamazoo. started 7 years ago, only for good riders. located beside the highlands mall on freeport road in natrona heights. the biggest baddest trails around

Similar Products Used: cowlamazoo
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5
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