Samuel Justus Recreation Trail

This afternoon we went for a bicycle ride on the Samuel Justus Recreational Trail. 

Samuel Justus Recreational Trail

We rode the portion of the trail that runs between the Franklin and Oil City trailheads.  We began our ride at the Salt Box Visitor Center, located at the Franklin Trailhead.  We ended our ride at the water treatment facility, located at the Oil City trailhead.  Total distance between the two trailheads is 5.3 miles.  

Franklin Trailhead

There is a seamless transition to the Allegheny River Trail from the Franklin trailhead.  The Allegheny River trail extends from the Samuel Justus Recreation Trail in Franklin south to Emlenton. Farther south, a disconnected segment of the trail stretches 3 miles between Foxburg and Parker.  The total length of this trail is 32 miles, but there are several jumping on locations along the trail, which means you can ride this trail in segments.  We hope to ride the Allegheny River Trail some day, most probably in segments.

There are picturesque views of the Allegheny River all along the Samuel Justus Recreation Trail.
There are benches along the trail that invite you to sit and soak in the picturesque view.
Joseph Sibley’s River Ridge

The stone gate for River Ridge Farm was built in 1913 for Joseph C. Sibley, who made his money in the oil refining and animal breeding businesses. He later became a five-term congressman, first as a Democrat and then as a Republican.

Joseph Sibley’s Mansion
Oil City Trailhead

The Samuel Justus Recreational Trail does continue into Oil City, ending at the Oil City Marina. We turned around at the Oil City Trailhead and returned to Franklin.

Bob had an epiphany today.  Motorcycle riding doesn’t hold the interest to him as it has in the past.  He is enjoying riding a bicycle much more.  The pace is slower, and the health benefits are great.  I am enjoying bicycle riding for the same reasons, plus I get to participate in the activity rather than just be a passenger.


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Linda G.

My name is Linda. I am happily married to Bob, whom I married in September 1998. We have a daughter (my stepdaughter), who blessed Bob and me with twin granddaughters in May 2012. My interests include spending time with my family and friends, riding the motorcycle with my husband, bowling, bicycling, walking, attending festivals, photography and travel. I love taking photographs. I am a hobbyist photographer. My camera of choice is a mirrorless interchangeable lens Olympus camera. I love to travel as well. I lived in Germany for almost 3 years, while in the Army, and visited many European countries. I have toured Europe two additional times since returning stateside. I lived in Australia for 3 months. I vacationed in the Bahamas (Nassau) one time. I would like to see more of the U.S., as well as return to Europe. I wouldn’t mind seeing the world! FAVORITE MOVIES: I like all types of movies — comedy, romance, action, thriller and horror. FAVORITE MUSIC: My favorite type of music would have to be country, judging by the fact that my CD collection contains mostly country artists such as Alabama, Clint Black, Garth Brooks, George Strait and more. I like music by Green Day, 3 Doors Down, and Matchbox 20 too. FAVORITE BOOKS: I tend to read romance novels, although I enjoy a good horror every now and then. My favorite romance writers include Belva Plain, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel, Robert James Waller, and Phyliss A. Whitney. My favorite horror writers are Stephen King and John Saul.

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