This paved trail carves through some of the most remote and spectacular countryside in northwestern Pennsylvania. Beginning in Van, it descends for eight miles, following Sandy Creek to the Allegheny River. You will cross numerous railroad trestles, which provide scenic views. At about mile seven you will go through the cool Sandy Creek rail tunnel. Where the trail meets the river you can pick up the Allegheny River and Samuel Justus trails. To continue on the Sandy Creek Trail, cross the stunning 1,385-foot Belmar railroad bridge, and head southwest, following the river downstream for four miles through the peaceful river valley.