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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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  • 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 »
  • Parked in the parking lot on 322 and started walking. Walking along the trail was enjoyable. The trail was shaded, and it was very quiet. The path was well paved and pretty level. There are benches ar...  more »
  • Always a good time, quiet and clean. A bit over five miles in each direction. We prefer to park at the Route 322 trailhead. The elevation climb is 100 feet to the other end of the trial. That makes fo...  more »