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Ernst Bike Trail, Meadville

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History of Ernst Trail

The Meadville-Linesville Railroad was built from 1880-1892 by a group of Meadville entrepreneurs to gain access to the Pennsylvania Railroad at Linesville. Despite the involvement of some of Meadville’s best-known citizens, the railroad did not flourish.

In 1891, the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad Co. leased the right-of-way and for a time it’s most profitable use was as a passenger line, transporting visitors to Exposition Park (renamed Conneaut Lake Park in 1920). With the rise of the automobile, passenger service declined, and in 1934, rail service to the park was discontinued. The Bessemer abandoned the line in 1976. In 1996, Calvin Ernst, the right-of-way’s owner, donated the property to French Creek Recreational Trails and the Ernst Bike Trail was born.
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  • July 19, 2017
    You will have the opportunity to walk, run,bike ride or rollerblade along paved scenic trails. It can be a reflective quiet time or interactive time with others. You get a behind the scenes look at be...  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    I went for a walk on the trail with both my teenagers and my 3 yr old. It was a good walk to get away from the sun for a bit. We didn't make the whole trail but my baby loved the blackberries on the t...  more »
  • February 16, 2017
    We discovered a lovely walkway that led to interesting spots. The first attraction on that trail was a wooden covered bridge over a river. It looked quite new and quite modern and it was very attracti...  more »

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