Pine Creek Rail Extension-Marsh Creek Greenway Trail

Project Overview

The Pine Creek Rail Trail Extension (PCRTE) project (formerly Marsh Creek Greenway) is a 3.2-mile non-motorized trail linking the current northern terminus of the Pine Creek Rail Trail (PCRT) to downtown Wellsboro. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has identified this project as a priority gap in the 2020-2024 Pennsylvania Trail Network Strategic Plan. Along with DCNR’s identification, the local communities, regional planning organization and Tioga County have also determined that connecting Wellsboro to the Pine Creek Rail trail is a priority. The interconnectivity of PCRT and Wellsboro improves the quality of life, encourages residents to participate in active recreation, provides an alternative means of transportation, and enhances the connective tissue between communities throughout the PA Wilds region.

Along with the 3.2 miles of trail a trailhead building with a visitor’s center and a downtown connection to the trail are in the planning phases. The trailhead building will feature trail resources, a historic railroad exhibit, and information about the other attractions in the area. The downtown connection will encompass a safe mode of travel for pedestrians to make their way from the trail to the shops, restaurants, and hotels of downtown Wellsboro.  

Trailhead facility

Trail Map

Community Impact

An economic impact study was completed in 2019 to quantify the impact this trail extension will have on our community and local businesses. This study observed spending patterns, current trail use, population, demographics and other factors to predict the impact the trail extension will have on the area. It is predicted that the trail extension will increase tourism, workforce development, quality of life, increased property values, and healthy active lifestyles. We know that economic development will be realized by the investment in assets like the Pine Creek Rail Trail Extension- Marsh Creek Greenway.

 Highlights of the study: Click here

The entire Impact Analysis can be accessed here: Click Here

Timeline for Construction

2021- Project shifts to begin design on an on- rail alignment and planning begins with the following components:

Phase 1 – Hilboldt Road to Pine Creek Rail Trail (Northern Section)

  • 2021
    1. Preliminary Designs Established 
  • 2022
    1. Establish Final Design 
  • 2023
    1. Construction Package Ready for Bid

 
Phase 2 – Hilboldt Road to Charleston Street Trailhead

  • Hilboldt Road to Charleston Street Trailhead (Southern Section)
  • 2021
    1. Preliminary Designs Established
  • 2022
    1. Final Design and Construction Package
  • 2023
    1. Ground Breaking- Construction of the Southern Section

 
Patterson Trailhead Facility – Charleston Street; 5000 sq. ft building

  • 2018
    1. Preliminary Designs Established
  • 2019
    1. Property Acquired
  • 2021
    1.  Site development began
  • 2022
    1. Secure funding for final design

 
Downtown Connection – Patterson Trailhead- Downtown Wellsboro

  • 2021
    1.  Feasibility study with public input
    2. Preliminary design began
  • 2022
    1. Secure Final Design and Funding for connection from The Patterson Trailhead to Charleston Rd.