Trail users, railroad buffs, history fans, and architecture aficionados have an intriguing new destination to explore in southern Clarion County.
Just across Redbank Creek from the tiny community of Climax, the Allegheny Valley Railroad built the Climax Tunnel from 1873 to 1876, and nearly 150 years later it has reopened for recreational use as part of the Redbank Valley Trail.
The Climax Tunnel’s restoration included installation of an extensive reinforcement structure to bolster the tunnel’s ceiling. Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.
Using grants from the federal Transportation Assistance Program and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Redbank Valley Trails Association extended the 528-foot-long tunnel to 608 feet, reinforced the ceiling structure, and added surfacing at ground level…