40th ANNUAL TONY DOLAN MEMORIAL SKI FOR CANCER.
DATE: JANUARY 26th 2019
WHERE: WESTLINE, PA
Hike, bike, or ski the beautiful Kinzua Valley Trail in Northwestern Pennsylvania! Travel along the banks of the Kinzua Creek through vibrant forest and marshland bounding with wildlife. Just bring your boots, bike, or skis and take to the trail for serenity or adventure.
Snowshoeing is gaining popularity on the trail, and sections of the trail will soon be open for Equestrian Use.
With grant funding and the tireless effort of dedicated volunteers, the Kinzua Valley Trail Club added 4 miles to the trail in 2016 -- and they continue to Blaze the Trail! Presently, the KVT spans 7 miles, starting at the trailhead in the Village of Westline and continuing to Red Bridge Recreation Area of the Allegheny Reservoir. But, work is ongoing to extend the trail all the way to Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mount Jewett for a total of 21 miles!
2017 was another busy and productive year for the Kinzua Valley Trail Club.
As always trail maintenance is a major part of our overall effort to keep over 7 miles of trail in top shape. it is time consuming and takes many volunteer hours to achieve. Last year we were able to utilize our flail mower which we purchased with a grant in 2016. It works great and saves a lot of time and effort grooming the trail.
Covering 7 miles of trail, hauling volunteers and equipment, using personal vehicles and ATV's for years is finally over thanks to generous donations and a grant applied for in 2017 and received from the Pittsburgh Foundation. we were able to purchase a used AWD Crew-Cab side-by-side UTV with a dump box. In addition to being our maintenance vehicle, it will be available for search and rescue in the Kinzua Valley and surrounding areas if necessary.
Continuing negotiations and discussion with the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) regarding repairing the camp run road section of our trail, has resulted in a commitment from ANF to totally redo this road; including replacing culverts, ditching and other improvements. this work is scheduled for 2018. (UPDATE 9/18/18) - THIS WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED.)
as we continue onward toward u.s. route 219, we cleared, grubbed and installed culverts on nearly 1 mile of new trail.
the kinzua valley trail club is anxiously waiting decisions on grants, properties and right-of-ways in 2018 to continue our quest, moving forward to the Kinzua Bridge State Park.
As always, we thank all of our dedicated Board Members for their hard work, foresight and commitment to building a first class trail that will benefit individuals of all ages and activities for generations to come. special thanks to all of our members, supporters, sponsors and friends of the trail for consistently supporting our vision.
best wishes for a happy and productive new year. - don cummins, KVTC President
The Kinzua Valley Trail Club, a non-profit organization formed in 1999, maintains the trail with the goal of providing accessible outdoor experiences through all four seasons. Dedicated volunteers put in the heavy lifting to keep the KVT in top shape, but none of it would be possible without the financial support of memberships, donations, grants and fundraising events.