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Arboretum Trail

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: < 1 mile
County: Allegheny

Trail Description

One of Pennsylvania’s nine rail-with-trails, where trains and trail users share a corridor, the Arboretum Trail is a lovely landscaped trail through downtown Kittanning. The rail corridor has a dramatic history of use—and disuse. Between 1853 and 1856, the Allegheny Valley Railroad built a line that ran from Pittsburgh to Kittanning. In 1903, the Pennsylvania Railroad opened its Brilliant Cutoff, linking the Allegheny line with other sections of Kittanning. Declining rail traffic in the 1960s led then-owner Conrail to close one of the two tracks in the corridor. Then in 1995, the corridor was sold back to the Allegheny Valley Railroad, which reopened the rail line and sold the adjacent land for trail use. The Garden Club of Oakmont raised $3 million for trail construction, landscaping, corridor renovation, and long-term maintenance of the plantings.

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Difficulty: Moderate Length: < 1 mile
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