Allegheny Gorge

Franklin, Pennsylvania 16323

Allegheny Gorge

Allegheny Gorge Professional Guide

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"The highlight of this hike is a viewing platform 480 feet above the Allegheny River. The trail follows an old wagon road to the ruins of a nineteenth-century iron ore furnace and then leads you across a plateau to the viewing platform. From there it descends another gorge to a stream with four cable bridges.

The hike begins easily enough on two relatively level state game land access roads, but in less than half an hour, you’re headed down a steep gorge on a washed-out road alongside Bullion Run to the Bullion Run Iron Ore Furnace. That’s right; this road was once considered the best and easiest way to ship materials. Workers back in the 1800s used this route to transport dense iron ore and massive logs to the Bullion Run Furnace. Remember this road the next time you feel like complaining about your job."

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Best Hikes Pittsburgh - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bob Frye
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"The Kennerdell Tract of Clear Creek State Forest hugs the Allegheny River where it twists and turns through Venango County. This particular hike follows trails that begin on a state game lands and continue through the tract’s southernmost section. They’re open only to hikers (as opposed to bikers, too), so it’s a nice, relatively quiet walk. There’s some wonderful scenery, especially in winter when there’s snow on the hemlocks, but there are some climbs, too. This area is open to hunting, so wear orange during the spring and fall hunting seasons." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,214 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Spring, summer, fall
Additional Use
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, 158 S. Second Ave., Clarion; (814) 226-1901; Pennsylvania Game Commission, Northwest Region, PO Box 31, Franklin 16323; (814) 432-3187
Local Contacts
USGS Kennerdell, PA
Local Maps

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Dec 2018