National Wild and Scenic Rivers

Wild and scenic

One may only appreciate what we mean by “wild and scenic” from the vantage point of a canoe or kayak, gently yet resolutely moving with current along our Nationally Designated Wild & Scenic Allegheny and the Clarion Rivers, and state designated water trails. The views are stunning from land though as well.

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Allegheny River

With 86.6 miles of recreational use, the National Wild & Scenic Allegheny River flows through forest valleys, wilderness islands and rural landscapes.

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Clarion River

Explore the federally designated National Wild & Scenic Clarion River. A 13-mile stretch of the Clarion River flows through Cook Forest State Park and is popular for both land and water recreation. (Clarion River Photo by Kyle Yates)

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Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail

The Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail meanders along the scenic Clarion River Trail and Little Toby Creek. Hike or bike past lofty shale formations and waterfalls and natural spreads of Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron. Wetlands and wildflowers abound, and visitors may see wildlife. Bring a camera! Both waterways are popular trout streams.

About National Wild & Scenic Rivers

One may only appreciate what we mean by “wild and scenic” from the vantage point of a canoe or kayak, gently yet resolutely moving with current along our Nationally Designated Wild & Scenic Allegheny and the Clarion Rivers, and state designated water trails. The views are stunning from land though as well.

 

Our rivers are known for some of the best flat water paddling in the United States. Voted Pennsylvania’s 2017 River of the Year, the Allegheny River annually hosts the American Canoe Association’s national canoe races.

 

The Clarion River winds for 115 miles through narrow valleys and forests. Adjacent public lands provide opportunities for riverside picnicking, camping, hiking, and bicycling. Keep an eye out for eagles and osprey as you explore extensive wildlife and forest areas.

 

Ready to get on the water? Here we go! Plan your canoe or kayak river adventure well in advance, with designated water trail maps available on national forest and state forest and park websites. Or, go with a pro! Outfitters and river experts are also available throughout the region for supplies, and to help you plan your water trip safely.

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