Our mission is to create and maintain rails-to-trails projects in Elk, Jefferson and Clearfield counties.
Tricounty Rails to Trails was founded in 1992 by a group of local citizens who understood the value of converting an abandoned railroad right-of-way that traversed Elk and Jefferson Counties, into what is now the “Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail”. Headwaters Charitable Trust was a major contributor of funding and personnel to make the magic happen, along with local foundations including the Stackpole-Hall Foundation and the Mengle Foundation. Over time, their efforts expanded to include the Five Bridges trail in Jefferson County and the Wolf Run trail in Clearfield County. We welcome you to enjoy these beautiful natural corridors!
In 2008 Tricounty Rails to Trails acquired the right-of-way for the Five Bridges Trail, which uses a portion of the former Shawmut and Pittsburgh Railroad corridor which ran from Brockway to Brookville. It starts out with several narrow cuts through shale hillsides and then it traverses a low swampy area as it runs along Mill Creek and crosses it with five bridges.