For several decades near the turn of the century, railroads provided the primary means for America’s industrial expansion.
By the mid-1860’s the residents of isolated Clearfield County knew that the health of their economy was inexorably tied to the railroad. If the area’s abundant coal was to reach far away metropolitan markets, their dependence on wagons and shallow rivers had to shift. The Tyrone & Clearfield Railroad reached the county’s border in 1863, but it wasn’t until the Pennsylvania Railroad acquired TCR in 1866 that a connection seemed possible. An association of 75 volunteers was formed to try to extend the railroad to the county seat. In three years the association raised $77,000 and in January 1869 the first train arrived in Clearfield. By Christmas Day 1874, similar efforts in Curwensville brought train service westward. It took 18 more years for the railroad to reach Grampian. This railroad operated continually as a commercial and passenger train until March 16, 1988 when the last train reached Clearfield. Clearfield County Rails to Trails obtained ownership on October 1, 1992.
“The Golden Age of Railroading” grew out of this need for reliable transportation network, and many of Clearfield County’s historical attractions and resources relate to this historical preservation.
Clearfield County is renowned for the incredible diversity and variety wildlife and is a famous destination point for outdoor enthusiasts of all types! The Clearfield-Grampian Trail is an amazing place to enjoy this natural beauty and we encourage those using the trail to enjoy and cherish this choice venue from which to observe many species of flora and fauna that are indigenous to Central PA. A member of our organization recently identified (by sight and sound) 32 species of birds and 10 species of butterflies during their 5 mile hike! We hope that you engage in birdwatching and other activities of the like and will help us continue to preserve to protect and preserve our trail.
The Clearfield to Grampian Trail belongs to you the people that use it. It is up to all of us to keep misuse from damaging our trail. Motorized vehicles and even horses will cause substantial damage. If you see any misuse please report to the local Police Department at 911, or if you wish to be anonymous call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (1-800-376-4700). You need not give your name.
GETTING HERE: Google Map of the AreaUse this interactive tool to help you map your trip to Clearfield County!
THE RIDE: Training Ride on Clearfield Rails to TrailsPage contains comprehensive map, elevation gain, distance, times and even the calories you may burn!
Click for a larger version which shows the entire trail with blue blocks designating parking access.
UPDATE-Additional Parking Areas Noted:
First the trail offers two additional parking areas not shown on the map. The first is across Route 879 from Croft’s Market just outside of Clearfield. The second is where the trail crosses Rustic Road. This is across from Elleta’s Market on the other side of Curwensville. Space is limited, but each spot offers parking for three - - maybe four vehicles.
The Clearfield Trail Head is Located On Chester St. Near the Family Dollar on Old Town Rd (State Rt. 879)
Access to the Trail is also available in Curwensville:
You can also access the trail via the other Trailhead located in Grampian PA.
Phone: (814)765-5595. Fax (814)765-6662. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 130, Clearfield, PA 16830GET ONLINE CONTACT INFO HERE