Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Armstrong Trail Event Sept. 29

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Armstrong Trail Event Sept. 29

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If you haven't had the pleasure of bicycling or walking along the scenic Armstrong Trail that parallels the Allegheny River, you can do one or both Sept. 29 at an inaugural family-friendly event.

Bicyclists will start at 10 a.m. in Kittanning from the Church of God parking lot at 629 Woodward Ave.; walkers will step out at 10 a.m. from the Nautical Mile Campground at 530 Stone Ave. in Templeton.

The cyclists will pedal 9 miles along a crushed limestone trail to Templeton, enjoy a ribs and barbecue chicken lunch from Bonello's restaurant at noon in the campground pavilion and continue 6 more miles to Rimer or return to Kittanning for an 18- or 30-mile round trip.

Walkers will head to Grays Eddy, which has a short share-the- road section, and return to the campground, a 4-mile round trip. They also will have lunch in the pavilion.

Although the trail extends 35 miles from Rosston, a mile downstream of Ford City, to a point 7 miles above East Brady, the organizers wanted to highlight two popular segments of the trail for the rain-or-shine event.

"It will give riders and walkers a preview of what's to come as we continue to improve the trail," said Toni Henry of East Brady, president of the Armstrong Rails to Trails Association. The association and the Allegheny Valley Land Trust, which owns the trail, are hosting the fundraising event.

"We want people to have a good experience, enjoy the beautiful scenery and historic sites and come back again and again," Henry said.

Bicyclists will ride by Lock & Dam No. 7, the Cowanshannock Trail that leads to Buttermilk Falls, the Monticello Iron Furnace, the Mosgrove Trestle, the Pine Creek Underground Winery, Lock & Dam No. 8 and the Ore Hill Iron Furnace on their trip to Templeton.

Riders are asked to respect the property and privacy of residents who live along or near the trail, including the owners of mobile homes and recreational vehicles that overlook the river. …

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