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Council on Greenways & Trails Members

The Council on Greenways & Trails is a partnership of non-profit organizations and municipalities working across three county lines.  Throughout Venango, Clarion and parts of Crawford Counties members are working together to create and enhance a regional identity through trails and greenways that connect us to this unique place.

Click on each groups to learn more about them. 

AVC was formed in 2002 by a small group of conservation-minded people in Venango County to protect the beautiful natural areas of the watersheds of French Creek and the Allegheny River.  They assist landowners in exploring appropriate means of preserving the natural value of their property.

As the County Seat of Venango County, has a rich history, dating back to colonial times as the strategic setting of four different frontier forts.  The well-preserved downtown, the charming Victorian neighborhoods, the standout festivals and the community spirit invite you to visit.

This charming university town maintains a high quality of rural living and is just minutes from the nationally-recognized Cook Forest State Park. Clarion is located on the banks of the “Wild and Scenic” Clarion River and is regarded as the "Autumn Leaf Capital of the World".

is an all volunteer, non-profit organization which was founded in 1990. The AVTA's mission is the acquisition of abandoned railways in the Allegheny River watershed and their rehabilitation into multipurpose, non-motorized recreational trails.

First settled in 1803 and chartered as a city in 1871, Oil City is a remarkable place with a rich heritage based upon the beginnings and growth of the oil industry. Oil City has an amazing cultural and diverse ethnic heritage.  Recreational activities abound as well as a thriving artists community.

CCTA is established for the purpose of developing, maintaining, and promoting public recreational trails in and around Clarion County, PA. They assist established trail groups or government agencies with the maintenance, development, and promotion of their public recreational and works to make tourists and members of our communities aware of them.

In 1988 the Clear Lake Authority was established and purchased the 15.4 mile abandoned rail corridor in order to provide public access to Clear Lake in Spartansburg.  A borough of 300 people in the northeastern corner of Crawford County PA it is surrounded by wooded areas, farms, and Amish communities.

Cranberry Township, was laid out in 1806 and officially organized in 1830.  The name was inspired by the cranberry bogs located in the vicinity.  Today the Township is home to a broad range of business and industry and a hub of shopping, dining and entertainment.  In addition, it is the home to the area's regional hospital, UPMC Northwest.

FICDA is the proud owner and operator of the Venango Area Industrial Complex (VAIC) and the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) and is also an industrial and commercial incubator.  The incubator promotes economic development and assists in the manufacturing and commercial activity in the Franklin area.

Settled in 1795, incorporated in 1833, the name Cornplanter was derived from a prominent Seneca Indian Chief.  The Township is home to Oil Creek State Park and the historic Pithole City, one of the original oil boom towns.  The rest of the township is lightly settled with residential neighborhoods plus areas of commercial and industrial development.

On February 6th, 1930, Foxburg officially incorporated as a Borough; however, the town dates back to 1871.  It is a small community located along the Allegheny River in Clarion County offering outdoor recreation, entertainment, fine dining and overnight accommodations.

FCRT owns and operates the Ernst Trail.  Traversing terrain with imprints of ice-age glaciation, the trail passes through the lush bottom lands of French Creek Valley.  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.  They are an all volunteer, non-profit organization

FOCSP was formed to provide the already active volunteers of Oil Creek State Park (OCSP) additional facets through which to contribute to the conservation and preservation of the land and waters of the Commonwealth within the park and to encourage Oil Region residents and others to support the parks mission.

Venango County was formed March 12, 1800.  A pivitol site of the French and Indian War, then the site of the British built Fort Venango at the confluence of French Creek and the Allegheny River in 1760.   Lumbering, farming and later iron furnaces were the main industry.  In the summer of 1859, the world's first successful commercial oil well was completed in the northern part of the county.  Today business and industry is enhanced by outdoor recreation opportunities of every kind.

ORA is the lead economic development agency and the official tourist promotion agency serving the Oil Heritage Region, as well as the administrator for the Oil Region National Heritage Area.  They entice people to live, work, and play in “the valley that changed the world” through the preservation, promotion, development and support of historical, educational, natural, recreational, residential, commercial and industrial destinations.