The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural resources (DCNR) announced the opening of voting for the 2024 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year.
Nominations can be made online between now and the November 10 deadline.
In anticipation of the new round of Trail of the Year voting, we’re taking a look back at the 2023 winner: The Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail (affectionately known as the MJ2KB) in McKean County.
Fun facts about the MJ2KB:
- The Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail is a 7.8-mile-long section of the larger Knox and Kane Rail Trail in McKean County.
- The former rail line now provides a level trail for walking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding. In winter months, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also popular.
- The state park uses the Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail’s section of trail for nature walks and naturalist events throughout the year.
- The trail highlights the environmental and historical aspects of the area in a series of interpretive signs placed along the 7.8 miles.
- The trail offers amenities, such as pavilions, focused artwork, railroad trestles, and dining options within close proximity of the rail trail. The Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail is also important to the community, which has used the trail for events like senior citizen rides, special hikes, bike races, and marathons.
Check out this highlight video made to showcase the MJ2KB as well.