We decided to check out the Sandy Creek Trail today. It's up Route 8, just before Franklin. We started in Belmar and rode to Van. 7.8 miles one way.
The scenery was great and I can't wait to go back when there are leaves on the trees and there is less brown. The trail is paved and had a lot of bridges. Most are small, but the one going over the Allegheny River is pretty long. There is also a tunnel on this trail. It's almost 1,000 feet long and isn't nearly as dark as the tunnels on the Allegheny River Trail. We made it through just fine without any lights.
We ended up riding about 15.5 miles. It was a great first ride of the year! I do have to admit that I am very thankful we started in Belmar because it is slightly uphill from there to Van. If I had to go uphill on the way back instead of downhill, I might not have made it... thanks to a winter of sitting on the couch watching Netflix and crocheting.
I'm looking forward to many more rides in our near future.
I did not mean to coordinate so well! I looked at this picture after taking it and laughed. That's a lot of pink and blue all matchy matchy. Total accident!
From Belmar you can go either way on the Sandy Creek Trail, or you can cross the first bridge and jump on the Allegheny River Trail. This map is old... the proposed trails are now finished.