Parked at the parking lot in Blackwell which is 1.8 miles from the
southern terminus of the trail located at
Rattlesnake Rock. The rail trail is an old railroad bed that runs
through the PA Grand Canyon. It was resurfaced to be used as a biking/hiking
trail and has a very low grade.
Approximately 3 miles into the trail, you'll be able to spot an eagles
nest which is located across the creek. Camping is not permitted in this area to preserve
the eagle sanctuary. Around 9 miles we came into the picnic area. There is a road access into this area using a
parallel road to the rail trail.
The camp site has picnic
tables and facilities. It's a good docking spot for canoes looking
for a place to camp overnight.
All along the trail you will find folks hopping off their bikes and making
their way to the creeks' edge
wade in the water and cool off. There are several private cabins
located along the trail.
At 18 miles we reached the northern terminus of the trail at Ansonia. Rumor had it that
there was ice cream to be found somewhere in the area so we went looking.
We were on a mission...we took a left onto the road and at the stop sign
we turned right onto Rt. 6.
About a half
a mile down the highway we found a cute little ice cream stand! They had
one of my favorite
We then headed back along the highway and instead of picking up the trail
at the northern
we went up the highway a short distance and turned right into the Darling
Run access area.
We peddled up the mountain before we entered the parking area. Here
we picked up the trail again and headed back down the rail trail.
It's a good docking spot for canoes looking for a place to camp overnight.
We stopped at the Tiadaghton picnic area and took a break at
a picnic table (actually sprawled out and rested our sore butts) and
enjoyed the cool breeze coming off Pine Creek. Several tents were already
set up for the night.
We headed down towards the eagles area where we met up with some folks we
knew. After chatting a bit we continued on down the trail and back to the vehicle.
All-in-all it took about 5 hours. What a way to spend a day off! It was
nice to see lots of other folks on the trail enjoying a beautiful summer