The North Clarion Loop Trail

July 03, 2018

The North Clarion Loop Trail

In the most successful spaces, you don't see everything at once. The more time you spend in them, the more you discover. They open up like flowers. -Vincente Wolf

A grand adventure is waiting for you right here in your own backyard! A new 3-mile path, the Clarion Loop Trail, beautifully connects Clarion to the Clarion River. Part of the North Country National Scenic Trail, this path is marked by white slashes on trees and runs through "second growth forests" on land owned by Clarion University. Developed over the past four years, the trail is open to the public and usable to those of all fitness levels.

The Clarion Loop Trail begins at the corner of the Clarion University parking lot behind the CUP suites on Route 322 and winds downward until reaching the Clarion River. It's a mile and a half down to the river and a mile and a half back up to your starting point.

Much credit for the impetus to build the trail goes to three Clarion University students.Sara Lander from Fryburg, Chelsea Lanigan from Stroudsburg, and Bridget Klein from Butler each received a Civic Engagement Scholarship. To fulfill the requirements needed to receive the award, the young women diligently worked with the trail group and the CUP Foundation to establish the trail.

Information signs along the trail were constructed by Clarion County Career Center's welding shop under the direction of Mr. Hoover.

The North Country Trail is one of only eleven National Scenic trails in the US. More than 100 miles of the North Country Trail run through Clarion and Forest counties as it passes through the PA Great Outdoors region on its 4,600-mile route from New York to North Dakota.

The staff of FL Crooks highly and enthusiastically recommends the Clarion Loop Trail! Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone involved in bringing it to fruition!

So if you haven't already checked out this gorgeous space, it is waiting for you to discover and explore. No special clothing or equipment is required. The trail can be completed easily in 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how fast you want to go. You may want to stop and linger though at the incredible beauty right here in your neighborhood






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