Cedar Run Loops
Distances: 20 miles, 23 miles, and 29
For this ride the rider can choose from three loops. Each ride goes north along the West Rim Road from the Village of Blackwell, takes a connecting road over to the Cedar Run Road, then returns to Blackwell via the Cedar Run Road and the Pine Creek Bike Trail. The highlights of the ride are the big and deep woods of the West Rim Road, a four to five mile downhill into Cedar Run Canyon, a couple of good swimming holes on Cedar Run and Pine Creek, and the Villages of Cedar Run and Blackwell.
From Wellsboro go south 12 miles on Rt. 287 to the Village of Morris. Turn right on Rt. 414 at the upper end of the village and continue 5 miles to the Village of Blackwell. You will see the parking area for the bike trail on the left just before you cross Pine Creek. Be careful coming into Blackwell. There is a one lane bridge over Babbs Creek with a right angle turn on the other side. Then the road is very narrow for a bit. This is not a problem if everyone takes it slow.
|Swimming hole on Cedar Run north of the Fahneystock Road
|Village of Cedar Run on the Pine Creek Bike Trail
Mine Hole Road Loop
Take Rt. 414 south across Pine Creek. The West Rim Road is .6 miles from the bridge. Turn right on the West Rim Road and begin a long uphill climb to the top of the plateau. At the top the road levels off which is followed by a long stretch of rolling terrain. After 6 miles you come to Mine Hole Road. Turn left on the Mine Hole Road and begin a 5.0 mile downhill run. When you come to the Cedar Run Road, turn left and continue 2.3 miles to Rt. 414. At Rt. 414 turn right for .3 miles, then turn left to cross Pine Creek and go through the Village of Cedar Run. You will see the Pine Creek Bike Trail next to the Cedar Run Inn. Turn left on the bike trail and continue five miles up the trail to the access area at Blackwell to complete the ride.
Fahneystock Road Loop
Follow the route for the Mine Hole Road Loop described above to the Mine Hole Road. Continue on the West Rim Road another 3.0 miles past the Mine Hole Road to the Fahneystock Road. Turn left on the Fahneystock Road and begin a 4.0 mile downhill run to the Cedar Run Road. There is a very nice swimming hole and picnic area just upstream from thisintersection. To continue with the loop turn left on the Cedar Run Road and continue 1.8 miles to the Mine Hole Road, then continue 2.3 miles to Rt. 414. At Rt. 414 follow the route described for the Mine Hole Road Loop back to the car.
Painter Leetonia Road Loop
Follow the route for the Fahneystock Road Loop described above until you get to the Fahneystock Road. Continue on the West Rim Road another 2.9 miles past the Fahneystock Road to the Painter Leetonia Road. Turn left and begin a 4.0 mile downhill run to the Village of Leetonia. Turn left on Cedar Run Road. In 2.2 miles you come to the Fahneystock Road. There is a very nice swimming hole and picnic place just before you get to the Fahneystock Road. Continue on the Cedar Run Road 1.8 miles to the Mine Hole Road, then 2.3 miles to Rt. 414. At Rt. 414 follow the route described for the Mine Hole Road Loop back to the car.