Welcome

About The Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail

defaul1The Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail maintains the approximately 2.4 miles of the Panhandle Trail from Walkers Mill Entrance to Gregg Station.

The Panhandle Trail is named after the Panhandle Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the abandoned rail line upon which it is built.

The Panhandle Trail stretches for 29 miles from Walkers Mill in Collier Township, PA to Colliers, WV.

As of August 2008, the entire trail is complete from Collier Township, PA to Colliers WV.

Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail is powered by dedicated volunteers and always welcomes new board members to help in planning annual events and in keeping up with regular trail maintenance. Visit our Contact page for information about volunteering and joining the board, as well as open positions as officers on the board.

About This Website

DSC_0225This website pertains to the portion of the Panhandle Trail maintained by the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail.

For portions of the Panhandle Trail located outside of Collier, click on the “Links” button above or search the Internet.

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18 Responses to Welcome

  1. Cassie says:

    Where is the trail head located in Colliers WV?

  2. Kerry says:

    I love that the trail is NOT paved. Most hybrid bikes and any mountain bike can handle the gravel. As a runner, I prefer softer landing and seek the trail for its beauty and the cushion on my joints. Please keep it the way it is!

    • Greg says:

      does anyone know of the fishing along the trail?

      • admin says:

        Visitors do fish in Robinson Run, which you’ll see all along the trail, criss-crossing from side to side. There aren’t any designated fishing areas because the creek is pretty shallow, but you can walk along the stream on the trail or through the woods and look it over for good spots.

      • admin says:

        Greg, here’s a little more information from other board members. Are you familiar with the area around the trail, and Chartiers Creek? If not, just ask.

        “There is some native trout/previously stocked trout further downstream closer to BFI that have migrated up from Chartiers Creek within the past couple of years. Not sure if they made it up to the trail potion of the Creek. Maybe some carp as well.

        There have been some inquiries about petitioning the State to consider stocking Robinson Run. It would be a lengthy process, but might be worth looking into while getting the right organizations and local leaders involved.”

  3. Lynne says:

    Is there a picnic area with parking close by? We would like to have a family outing, but one member is elderly and uses a walker. I was hoping that some people could hike, and others hang out at a picnic area

    • admin says:

      Lynne, I’m so sorry we missed your question back in September. I hope you came to investigate, but if you didn’t get a chance this past year maybe next year. We do have shelters with picnic tables situated near every entrance to the trail. Because the trailhead at Walker’s Mill is pretty parked up early and someone with a walker may have to cross Walker’s Mill Road, the Sunnyside entrance in Rennerdale might be better. Parking is much closer to the shelter, and access for bikers and hikers is up and down the trail and then also across a footbridge and up into the woods in one direction and pretty level off toward Fossils Cliff in the other. There is a map page on this site so you can see where the entrances are.

  4. Robin Anthony says:

    Yup, its a bike trail now, not a nature and wildflower and hiking trail anymore! They’ve mowed all the wildflowers along the trail that brought the butterflies and birds and you bikers may not like the gravel, but it IS stormwater friendly.

    • Dave says:

      Plenty of flowers, butterflies, grasshoppers and other wildlife every day. Gravel that washes out and us I’ll maintained is not a pleasant thing for bikers or walkers.

  5. Dave says:

    Paved to Burgettstown, at least. Very nice 10-Miles from Sturgeon to Btown. Worth the extra drive from Carnegie to Sturgeon. What’s difference paving makes. Hoping they pave from Walker’s Mill soon

  6. Matthew Fish says:

    paved into Burgettstown -also a petition to asphalt pave Weirton,WV to Pa state line has been circulated and soon to be submitted.

  7. Dave Rocco says:

    Yesterday I noticed that part of the Panhandle trail is now paved, starting about 6.5 miles west of the Carnegie trailhead and going westward. Don’t know how far they paved, as I turned around at the Montour trail spur.

    Questions:
    Are there plans to pave all the way up to the Carnegie trailhead ?
    How far does the paving go currently?

    Dave

    • Charlie says:

      Hi Dave, I just found out about the paved trail today. It is paved from McDonald to Burgettstown. I have not heard anything about it going any futher but then I didn’t hear about this being paved either.

    • Jim says:

      It is paved for about a half mile west of Burgettstown.

  8. Jan Daschbach says:

    Will you please tell me the date of the Halloween night activities on Panhandle Trail? I want to schedule a family get-together to coincide with that night. Thank you.

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