Mahoning Shadow Trail
ATTENTION: Groups or individuals wishing to use the Mahoning Shadow Trail for special events need to submit the Special Event Request Form 60 days prior to the event. To download the form, click here.
The Mahoning Shadow Trail is a 15.5-mile trail that follows the Mahoning Creek for most of its course throughout the Punxsutawney area. The trail is designed for non-motorized recreational usage including bicyclists, walkers, runners, and cross-country skiers.
Visitors will notice several interesting features as they follow the trail. The western section of the trail winds along the Mahoning Creek to Fordham, crossing over a re-decked railroad trestle bridge and passing a group of coke ovens, once used for burning coal to produce coke, which was used by the steel industry. The eastern section runs along the tranquil Mahoning to the village of Cloe and from there strays from the waterway to climb through the scenic highlands until it reaches "Devil's Elbow" Road near the village of Hudson. This portion of the trail also boasts its own waterfall!
The Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association, Inc. a non-profit corporation formed to develop the abandoned railroad corridors in the Puxsutawney Area for recreational use, named the trail after the creek that it parallels and Punxsutawney's famous resident, Phil.
Maps of the trail are available at the Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Punxsutawney. For more information, e-mail Mahoningshadowtrail@hotmail.com or write to:
Punxsutawney Area Rails to Trails Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 16
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Or, telephone 1-800-752-PHIL.
Click here to see an overview map from Valier to Indiana Street.
Click here to see an overview map from the Skate Park to Winslow.