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Houtzdale Line Trail

Location Houtzdale, Ramey, SmokeRun
State(s) Pennsylvania
Counties Clearfield
Type Rail Trail
Length 10.20 Miles / 16.42 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: photo by Charlie Maier
photo by Charlie Maier

The trail Corridor is nestled in the rolling meadows and green mountains of the Moshannon Valley, atop the Allegheny Plateau, extending over 10 miles through southern Clearfield County, from near the PA 53 crossing at Coal Run Junction west of Osceola Mills, to a point south of TR550 near Banian Junction. The roughly 7-mile center section of the trail is paved with fine packed crushed stone. The end sections of the trail, composed of cinders, sod, and ballast stone are recommended only for the more aggressive mountain biker and hikers.

Parking is available in lots at the BiLo supermarket east of Houtzdale and in Smoke Run, as well as on streets at crossings.

The Pennsylvania Railroad began building the tracks into the Moshannon Valley in 1860 to exploit the abundant timber and coal reserves of the area and reached the section that is now The Houtzdale Lines Rail Trail around 1870. The railroad was closely aligned with booms and busts during 130 years of the area economic history and contributed to dynamic social changes. President Benjamin Harrison was probably the most famous person to travel the line where, on a tour of the coal fields, he stopped to address the citizens of Houtzdale. Many current residents can trace the arrival of their less famous ancestors to the trail stations that sprang up with the towns along the line and provided the most dependable passenger transport until the advent of the automobile.

The Houtzdale Line Rail Trail is the (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Open 24 Hours


501 David St., HOUTZDALE, PA 16651-1451


Additional Information

Width: 96 inches.

Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted

Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 2%

Elevation Low Point: 1340

Elevation High Point: 1620

Year Designated: 2003

Date Last Updated: 03/06/2013


Contact Information

Trail management:
Dennis Kasubick
Houtzdale Line Rails to Trails Inc.
501 David St.
Houtzdale , PA 16651
(814) 378-7817

Information contact:
Charles Maier

(814) 378-5227


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