Trails at Jakes Rocks Named PA’s 2024 Trail of the Year

The 35-mile Trails at Jakes Rocks has been named Pennsylvania’s 2024 Trail of the Year by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The trail is located in the Allegheny National Forest in Warren County and is primarily used for mountain biking, although other activities such as hiking, trail running, and cross-country skiing are also permitted.

The trail’s unique design as a stacked-loop system allows it to circumvent gaps that are common in point-to-point trail systems, offering users a much-to-stay experience. This design, in addition to the trail’s extensive network of trails, makes it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels.

A recent study found that the Trails at Jakes Rocks draws more than 25,000 users each year, generating an estimated $9 million in annual tourism spending in the region. The trail’s popularity also supports local economies, providing jobs and businesses for residents.

The Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee, which is made up of 20 members appointed by the DCNR, selected the Trail of the Year to promote and support trails across the state. The award aims to raise public awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles and recreation opportunities that can be found on Pennsylvania’s trails.

The DCNR is committed to providing high-quality trails for all Pennsylvanians, and the Trails at Jakes Rocks is an excellent example of this. The trail’s innovative design and extensive network make it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. With more than 12,000 miles of trails throughout Pennsylvania, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


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