Mahoning Shadow Trail

The Mahoning Shadow Trail follows the path of the Mahoning Creek in the Pennsylvania counties of Jefferson and Indiana.

photo: Part of the trail runs along a series of well-preserved coke ovens.

Length: 15.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway, Nature Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

     Punxsutawney Phil

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Location: Punxsutawney, Bell Twp., Young., Perry Twp., Jefferson Co., PA
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Jefferson, Indiana
Longitude: -79.0391
Latitude: 40.91388

Driving Directions

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The trail provides an alternate route that connects several small communities located on either side of the Borough of Punxsutawney. Its many entrances give users easy access to the trail. People of all ages and all levels of fitness enjoy hiking, walking, and naming on the trail in more temperate weather and snow-shoeing and cross-country-skiing when wintry conditions prevail. Because of its proximity to several elementary schools, teachers have been able to use the Mahoning Shadow Trail for lessons ranging from geometry to physical fitness. The trail provides an excellent view of the historic coke ovens that remind Trail users of the area's coal-mining and railroad heritage.

The wildlife found on the trail include deer, rabbits, squirrels, and relatives of Punxsutawney's most famous citizen, the weather-forecasting groundhog Phil. The flora features numerous species of trees and abundant wild flowers, including the rare pink lady-slipper. On cliffs and hillsides that overlook the trail can be found waterfalls and intriguing rock formations. The beauty and tranquility of the Mahoning Shadow Trail guarantee that its visitors will return again and again.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Maximum Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 1,200
Elevation High Point: 1,600
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce
102 W. Mahoning St.
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
(814) 938-7700

Trail Management:
Craig Coon
Jefferson Co. Dept. of Development
155 Main St., 2nd floor
Brookville, PA 15825
(814) 849-3047
[email protected]



Inside a Coke Oven. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Inside a Coke Oven. Photo by Mary Shaw.


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