Allegheny River Water Trail

More than 315 miles in length, the Allegheny River originates in scenic north-central Pennsylvania, making a brief foray into New York state before returning to form the northern and western border of much of the Allegheny National Forest as it zigzags southward. In 2017, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers named the Allegheny River Pennsylvania’s “River of the Year” for its biologically diverse watershed, scenic beauty, historical significance, and variety of recreational offerings.

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System contains roughly one-quarter of one percent of the nation’s rivers, highlighting the very best of America’s most natural and picturesque waterways, and 86.6 miles of the Allegheny River have been designated and protected as recreational in this nationwide network. Like the neighboring Clarion River, also protected by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Allegheny has rebounded dramatically from a heavily used industrial past to become an inspiring example of successful restoration.

The Allegheny River Water Trail offers many recreational opportunities to visitors seeking adventure on its waters and banks. Its deeper waters allow outdoor enthusiasts of all types to flock to the river with power boats, kayaks, and canoes virtually any time of the year.

Paddling, Boating, Fishing

The section of the Allegheny flowing through the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region has a variety of access points. Starting in the north in Forest County near East Hickory, the river offers excellent paddling and fishing, and the West Hickory launch provides a popular starting point for paddlers. Downstream, the Tionesta and Lighthouse Island access sites include boat launch ramps, and visitors can also find lodging, shopping, and dining in Tionesta, a charming town surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest. The stretch of river from Tionesta to Hunter’s Station is one of the most beautiful on the Allegheny, and here, you can even spend the night on one of the many remote wilderness islands in the middle of the river. Make sure to have a camera on hand, as you may see eagle, osprey, river otter, and other wildlife along the river, and bring a fishing pole to catch musky, walleye, and trout.

Downriver, the beautiful resort town of Foxburg in Clarion County provides the perfect place to relax and watch the water flow as you enjoy the town’s winery, inn, shops, restaurants, and lively art scene.

At the southwest tip of Clarion County, Brady’s Bend on Pool 9 grants access to the northernmost deepwater pool on the river. Wide and scenic deepwater riverbends around the town of East Brady welcome power boaters and water skiers, and the area hosts a number of fishing contests each summer. The Brady’s Bend Overlook offers a spectacular view and prime eagle and hawk watching as the elegant kings of the air glide on thermal waves rising above the steep cliffs.

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Events

august

2018wed15aug(aug 15)12:00 amsat18(aug 18)11:59 pmFeaturedKnox Horse Thief Days12:00 am - 11:59 pm (18) EST Downtown Knox and surrounding area Knox PA 16232Counties:ClarionCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured

2018thu16aug(aug 16)12:00 amsun19(aug 19)11:59 pmFeaturedTionesta Indian Festival12:00 am - 11:59 pm (19) EST TionestaCounties:ForestCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Music

2018sat18aug(aug 18)8:00 amsun19(aug 19)8:00 pmFeaturedElk Expo8:00 am - 8:00 pm (19) EST Elk Country Visitor Center, 950 Winslow Hill Rd, Benezette, PACounties:ElkCategory:Children’s Events,Fairs & Festivals,Featured,Music,Nature & Wildlife,Outdoor Adventure,State Parks: Events & Programs

2018sun26aug1:00 pmsun5:00 pmFeaturedSt. Mary's Airport Drag Races1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST St. Mary's Airport, 159 Cessna Road, St. Marys, PACounties:ElkCategory:Featured,Outdoor Adventure,Sports

september

2018sat08sep10:00 amsat3:00 pmFeaturedWojack Weekend in Punxsutawney10:00 am - 3:00 pm EST Weather Discovery Center, 201 N. Findley St, Punxsutawney, PACounties:JeffersonCategory:Children’s Events,Featured,Other

2018fri14sep(sep 14)11:00 amsun16(sep 16)5:00 pmFeaturedBavarian Fall Fest11:00 am - 5:00 pm (16) EST St. Mary's Chamber, 53 S. St. Marys St, St. Mary's, PACounties:ElkCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured

2018sat15sep(sep 15)10:00 amsun16(sep 16)5:00 pmFeaturedCoolspring Power Museum Open Day10:00 am - 5:00 pm (16) EST Coolspring Power Museum, 179 Coolspring Rd., Coolspring, 179 Coolspring RdCounties:JeffersonCategory:Featured,History & Heritage

2018thu27sep(sep 27)7:00 pmsat29(sep 29)4:00 pmFeaturedMarienville Oktoberfest7:00 pm - 4:00 pm (29) EST Marienville, Main St, Marienville, PACounties:ForestCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured

2018sat29sep(sep 29)12:00 amsun07oct(oct 7)11:59 pmFeaturedAutumn Leaf Festival12:00 am - (october 7) 11:59 pm EST Clarion, Main St, Clarion, PACounties:ClarionCategory:Arts,Children’s Events,Crafts & Markets,Fairs & Festivals,Featured,Food & Wine

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