The Clearfield County Rails to Trails Association (CCRTA) is comprised of a group of volunteer citizens who are committed to converting abandoned railroad beds in Clearfield County to non-motorized, year round recreational trails. These safe and enjoyable trails provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to hike, bike, ride, jog, bird-watch or cross-country ski along this beautiful and historic trail.
The Clearfield to Grampian Trail was originally a railroad that gave Clearfield County an opportunity to prosper. In the 1860’s 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 Clearfield. In three years the association raised $77,000 and in January 1869 the first train arrived. 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. The 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 to 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.
Remember, The Clearfield to Grampian Trail is here for you to enjoy! If you see any misuse, including motorized vehicles or horses, on the trail please report it to the local police department at 911, or if you wish to be anonymous call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (1-800-376-4700). We hope that you enjoy your trail activities and will help us continue to preserve and to protect our trail.
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.
Click for a larger version of our entire map which shows the entire trail with blue blocks designating parking access click the image below.
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.
Phone: (724)255-9900. Fax (814)765-2684. Mailing Address: 512 Chester St, Clearfield, PA 16830GET ONLINE CONTACT INFO HERE