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Road Connection between Ft Hill and Confluence

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OBSOLETE

This detour no longer necessary.

Trail is complete between Ft Hill and Confluence

However this page remains, in case there is a future trail disruption that requires the detour.

There is an official Allegheny Trail Alliance pageexternal link for Open and Closed sections.

The Allegheny Highlands Trail between Ft Hill and Confluence is now complete. If for some reason the trail is blocked  between Ft Hill and Confluence. In addition, you may want to drive between Ft Hill and Confluence on the east side of the Casselman River instead of the usual and obvious route via PA281 on the west side of the river. Here are a map and cue sheets for this route. We road-checked these directions on May 13, 2000.

Warning: The detour has hills. .//BIG\\._.//HILLS\\. Really big hills. Especially headed northeast.

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The bad news for cyclists is that we can't find a way to make this detour without hills. The roads identified as more suitable for bicycles have less traffic and gentler gradients than the options identified as more suitable for cars. Even those are steep, as shown by the profile view at the bottom of the page. From Confluence to Ft Hill, there is no way to avoid climbing -- Confluence is at elevation 1320', Harnedsville is at 1400', and you must climb at least once to 2000' (north of the intersection of SR3001 and High Point Rd) before descending to the Ft Hill trailhead at 1540'. Although the route from Ft Hill to Confluence is largely downhill, there's a 220' climb on Sechler Rd, another 220' climb just south of Ft Hill Church, and a couple of smaller hills.

Getting from Ft Hill to Confluence

The short form for cars: Leave the Ft Hill trailhead headed away from the river, turning left on SR3001 where Sechler Rd goes right. Follow SR3001 for 5.6 miles until it ends at PA523. Turn right on PA523 and continue 3.3 miles to Confluence.

On a Bike   In a Car
Cum. dist Seg. dist Action Description   Cum. dist Seg. dist Action Description
0.0 -- -- Leave Ft Hill parking area headed away from Casselman River   0.0 -- -- Leave Ft Hill parking area headed away from Casselman River
0.0 0.0 right Just as you leave the parking area, turn right on Sechler Rd (TR368). It's mostly shady, packed dirt with some gravel.   0.0 0.0 left Just as you leave the parking area, turn left on SR3001. It's paved, but it climbs very steeply
0.5 0.5 left Turn sharply left to avoid entering a private drive   0.8 0.8 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when Fire Clay Rd enters from left
2.1 1.6 right When Sechler's Rd ends at SR3001, turn right on SR3001. You will soon pass Ft Hill Church on left.   1.2 0.4 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when Sechler's Rd enters from right, then pass Ft Hill Church on left
3.3 1.2 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when High Point Rd (TR330) enters from left.   2.4 1.2 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when High Point Rd (TR330) enters from left.
4.4 1.1 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when Holiday Rd enters from left   3.5 1.1 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when Holiday Rd enters from left
4.8 0.4 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when Green Rd enters from left   3.9 0.4 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when Green Rd enters from left
4.9 0.1 straight Pass Silbaugh United Methodist Church on right   4.0 0.1 straight Pass Silbaugh United Methodist Church on right
5.0 0.1 right Bear right when Pumpkin Center Rd enters from left   4.1 0.1 right Bear right when Pumpkin Center Rd enters from left
5.0 0.0 right Almost immediately take another right on Coon Hollow Rd. (Pavement, traffic, and gradient are better on this road than on SR3001)   4.1 0.0 straight Almost immediately take go straight where Coon Hollow Rd enters from right
5.5 0.5 right Turn right to stay on pavement when driveway enters from left   5.6 1.5 right Turn right when SR3001 ends at PA523. You will be descending steeply.
6.7 2.2 right Turn right when Coon Hollow Rd ends at PA523. You will immediately cross the Casselman River   6.5 0.9 straight Continue straight on PA523 when Coon Hollow Rd enters from right. Immediately cross Casselman River
10.1 2.4 stay on PA523 Remain on PA523. You will be at the edge of Confluence when you join PA 281 at the intersection of Casselman Rd (PA281) and Oden Rd (PA523)   8.9 2.4 stay on PA523 Remain on PA523. You will be at the edge of Confluence when you join PA 281 at the intersection of Casselman Rd (PA281) and Oden Rd (PA523)

Getting from Confluence to Ft Hill

The short form for cars: Leave Confluence headed south toward Harnedsville on PA523. In 3.3 miles, at the sign for Ft Hill, turn left on SR3001. Follow SR3001 for 5.6 miles until it crosses the trail. This is the Ft Hill trailhead.

On a Bike   In a Car
Cum. dist Seg. dist Action Description   Cum. dist Seg. dist Action Description
0.0 -- -- Begin in Confluence at the intersection of Casselman Rd (PA281) and Oden Rd (PA523). Head south on PA523 where PA281 turns to cross the river   0.0 -- -- Begin in Confluence at the intersection of Casselman Rd (PA281) and Oden Rd (PA523). Head south on PA523 where PA281 turns to cross the river
2.4 2.4 left Just after crossing Casselman river, turn left on Coon Hollow Rd   2.4 2.4 straight Just after crossing Casselman River, continue straight on PA523 when Coon Hollow Rd enters from left.
4.6 2.2 left Turn left to remain on pavement when driveway enters from right   3.3 0.9 left Turn left on SR3001. This turn is marked by a sign, "Ft Hill 6 mi".
5.1 0.5 left When Coon Hollow Rd ends at SR3001, turn left on SR3001.   4.8 1.5 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when Coon Hollow Rd enters from left
5.1 0.0 bear left Bear left when Pumpkin Center Rd enters from right   4.8 0.0 bear left Bear left when Pumpkin Center Rd enters from right
5.2 0.1 straight Pass Silbaugh United Methodist Church on left   4.9 0.1 straight Pass Silbaugh United Methodist Church on left
5.3 0.1 bear left Bear left to remain on SR3001 when Green Rd enters from right   5.0 0.1 bear left Bear left to remain on SR3001 when Green Rd enters from right
5.7 0.4 straight Contnue straight on SR3001 when Holiday Rd enters from right   5.4 0.4 straight Contnue straight on SR3001 when Holiday Rd enters from right
6.8 1.1 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when High Point Rd enters from right   6.5 1.1 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when High Point Rd enters from right
8.0 1.2 left Pass Ft Hill Church on right, then turn left on Sechler's Rd   7.7 1.2 straight Pass Ft Hill Church on right, then continue straight on SR3001 when Sechler's Rd enters from left
9.6 1.6 right Turn sharply right to remain on township road   8.1 0.4 straight Continue straight on SR3001 when Fire Clay Rd enters from right
10.1 0.5 left When Sechler Rd ends at SR3001, turn left on SR3001. Trail parking is immediately after the turn, on the left   8.9 0.8 right Turn right to remain on SR3001. Trail parking is immediately after the turn, on the left

To be clear about the hills, here's a profile view of the bike option from Confluence to Ft Hill. DeLorme doesn't get these exactly correct, but this conveys the right general idea. The road option is even steeper.

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Mapping and cue sheets by Mary Shaw

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