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McKean Trail named PA 2023 Trail of the year…Slippery road blamed for Elk County accident…speed blamed for Tioga County crash….

McKean County

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces the Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail has been named Pennsylvania’s 2023 Trail of the Year

The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee designates the Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for trails across the state, and to raise public awareness about the value of the Pennsylvania’s land and water trail network.

Pennsylvania continues its tradition of being a leader in trail development by providing its citizens and visitors with more than 12,000 miles of trails.

In an effort to close the gaps in this network and bring trails to close everyone, DCNR has established a goal to have a trail within 10 minutes of all Pennsylvanians. The Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail is a 7.8-mile-long section of the larger Knox and Kane Rail Trail in McKean County. The former rail line now provides a level trail for walking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding. In winter months, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also popular.

The Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail Club, the award recipient, works in partnership with the Knox and Kane Rail Trail and Kinzua Bridge State Park.

The state park uses the Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail’s section of trail for nature walks and naturalist events throughout the year.

The trail highlights the environmental and historical aspects of the area in a series of interpretive signs placed along the 7.8 miles.

The trail offers amenities, such as pavilions, focused artwork, railroad trestles, and dining options within close proximity of the rail trail.

The Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail is also important to the community, which has used the trail for events like senior citizen rides, special hikes, bike races, and marathons.

The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee is charged with implementing the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Trails Strategic Plan to develop a statewide land and water trail network to facilitate recreation, transportation, and healthy lifestyles for all.

The 20-member DCNR-appointed committee represents both motorized and non-motorized trail users and advises the commonwealth on use of state and federal trail funding.

Visit the Mount Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail Club website for more information. The ExplorePaTrails website offers details on more than 650 trails covering almost 12,000 miles in Pennsylvania.

Elk County

A Ridgway teenager  escaped injury in a weather-related accident Monday evening in Fox Township. State police said 18 year old  Abigail Macafee was going west on Shelvey Summit Road when her Jeep Grand Cherokee drifted of the ice covered road and struck a tree head on.

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating another ID theft. Someone tried to file an unemployment claim in the name of a 36 year old Johnsonburg woman Tuesday.

Cameron County

A 27 year old Pittsburgh woman was arrested for DUI by state police at Emporium early Sunday morning. Troopers claim the suspect, whose name was withheld, was pulled over on Route 120 for moving violations just after 3:00 am and was allegedly found to be driving her 2016 Kia Sportage under the influence of alcohol.

Tioga County

Mansfield state police did not release the name of a driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee which overturned on the Hilboldt Road in Charleston  Township early Tuesday morning. Troopers said the driver was speeding when the Jeep traveled off the road while headed south, struck a tree and rolled over onto the passenger side.