As Franklin is centered along the trails of the Oil Region, you can travel to your day’s destination, stop anywhere along the day’s ride and enjoy the local amenities, or turn around and return to Franklin at any point.
Camping for the event will be in the playground area behind Central Elementary School, 1276 Otter Street, Franklin, PA 16323.
An Information / Registration Check-In Tent will be located at the corner of West Park and Elk Street in Franklin beginning Thursday evening, June 15th, at 5pm.
Download the Event Brochure.
Friday, June 16, 2017:
The ride will be supported from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. Minor bike maintenance will be available at the supported rest stops located along the trail at Brandon Acres Rockland Springs and in Emlenton, as well as by Sag riders on the trail.
Franklin to Emlenton – Starting in Franklin and traveling south on the Allegheny River Trail, passing under the Belmar Bridge through the village of Brandon, riding the unpaved section of Sunny Slopes, then through the Kennerdell and Rockland Tunnels* before arriving in Emlenton, a distance of 28 miles. Emlenton Details.
Sunny Slopes Connector Road – Approximately 15 miles south of Franklin along the Allegheny River Trail, just before the Kennerdell Tunnel* or 13 miles north of Emlenton, there is a connector road off of the paved trail onto North Kent Road. This is a rural, dirt road that is shared by the camps and houses in the area. The connector is about 1/2 mile long with some small hills.
*Riding through the Kennerdell and Rockland Tunnels will require the use of headlights to safely pass through the tunnels.
Saturday, June 17, 2017:
Franklin through Oil City then on to Titusville – Starting in Franklin and traveling north on the Samuel Justus Trail to the city of Oil City, traveling through Oil City to the McClintock Trail, then to Rynd Farm and State Park Road* to Petroleum Center where you will join the Oil Creek State Park Trail, and traveling the Queen City Trail arriving in Titusville, a distance of 23 miles. Titusville Details.
*There is a short but steep hill on the road to Petroleum Centre. This hill has a grade of approximately 11 – 12% in places.
An option for the trip back to Franklin will be riding the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad to Rynd Farm “through the valley that changed the world”. The OC&T leaves Titusville at 1:00 pm and will take approximately 1 1/2 hours. Riders should plan their trip accordingly to be at the station by 12:00 Noon. The cost for riding the OC&T back to Petroleum Centre is $13 for those aged 13 and up, $11 for those age 2 – 12 years, and $5 to transport your bike. If you are interested in riding the OC&T, you should go to the OC&T website and make your reservation as it may sell out quickly.
Sunday, June 18, 2017:
Franklin to Sandy Creek / Van – Starting in Franklin and traveling south on the Allegheny River Trail to Belmar, where you will climb the stairs to the Belmar Bridge and the Sandy Creek Trail, and have the options of traveling East to Van (a distance of 12.7 miles), West to Fisherman’s Cove (a distance of 9.7 miles), or ride both sections of the trail.
Another option, in conjunction with O.A.R.S, will be the O.A.R.S. Paddle and Pedal. This option will allow you to float the 9-miles down the Allegheny River to Fisherman’s Cove, then bike back to Franklin on the Sandy Creek and Allegheny River Trails. The cost for the Paddle and Pedal is $40 for canoes and tandem kayaks, $35 for single kayak, and $5 to deliver your bike to Fisherman’s Cove. You should reserve your ride through the O.A.R.S. website, but we ask that you indicate your interest on your registration form so we have an idea of how many of our riders wish to take advantage of this opportunity. Day 3 Options.
An added option for the weekend is Geocaching, for those who might have an interest in learning about this activity. The Oil Region in part of the Allegheny Geo Trail, composed of 10 counties located in northwest Pennsylvania. For those interested, there will be information available at the Information Tent throughout the weekend.