southern tip trail

We recomment the ANF connect Kinzua Point to Kinzua Beach through a low impact, non-motorized interpretive walking/bicycling path around the entire southern tip of the Allegheny Reservoir.

Southern Tip TrailThe trails will serve as educational, historical, and environmentally friendly resources and will encourage a myriad of exciting outdoor activities. Current access to the various campgrounds on the ANF along the Southern tip requires either a trip, by motorized vehicle up Route 59, Route 321 or Longhouse Drive or via a somewhat hazardous hike through unmarked forest that can be utilized by only the most experienced hikers. Creation of this trail system will encourage family use and allow visitors to recreate on multiple locations from multiple staging areas along the route. Visitors will be able to migrate North and South among multiple locations with greater ease. Enhancing the camping experience in the area and supporting the efforts with a powerful marketing plan that promotes the area as a multi-day travel experience will boost this ailing sector.

This particular pathway has the potential to, eventually, evolve into a corridor for access to the North Country Trail, Kinzua Viaduct, Rimrock or other areas within Warren and neighboring counties.
In keeping with our fundamental mission, we recommend adherence to the guidelines and design
recommendations presented by National Geographic’s geotourism principles, PA Wilds’ Design Guide, and IMBA, where appropriate.

As is the case with mountain bicycling systems, PKP proposes liability and risk safeguards in our
recommendations. A sound risk management plan, implemented properly, will effectively reduce the risk associated with trail development for the ANF. The risk management plan addresses signage,
inspection, technical trail feature design, emergency access, and trail rating.

Interpretive signage will be positioned every quarter mile and will include GPS coordinates, a general map of the area with “you are here” indicators, distance and elevation indicators, information on flora, fauna, and warnings of potential dangers including animal encounters that may occur from time to time. There will be trail safety and general first aid tips. Signage will also provide historical and educational information for users.

We propose the ANF work closely with volunteer groups and local outdoor enthusiasts in allowing for
periodic, joint trail inspections to be performed on a systematic basis. These inspections will include a physical examination of the entire trail network as well as a review of the technical trail design features and trail ratings, and will compare those to that established by ANF guidelines.

This location was carefully selected for the proposed trail systems due to relative proximity to major
roadways (Route 59, Route 321, and Longhouse Drive) and a system of accessible, usable Forest Service roads. This connectivity will allow for immediate and timely access by emergency personnel if needed.

The segments are as follows:

• Kinzua Point to Dew Drop Segment (Approx. 2.0 miles)
• Dew Drop to Elijah Run Segment (Approx. 1.5 miles)
• Elijah Run to Kiasutha Segment (Approx. 4.6 miles)
• Kiasutha to Red Bridge Segment (Approx. 2.9 miles)
• Red Bridge to Morrison Segment (Approx. 3.7 miles)
• Morrison to Kinzua Beach Segment (Approx. 3.2 miles)

Total of System: Approximately 17.9 miles

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Read complete recommendation for this pathway on page 17 of the PKP findings report.