Ridgway is the gateway to the Allegheny National forest and the perfect base camp for all of your outdoor adventures. From canoeing and kayaking to rail trails and mountain biking, Ridgway has it all! A National Historic Register District, Ridgway is also home to some of Pennsylania's finest examples of late 19th and early 20th-century architecture. Take a stroll along our tree-lined streets or spend the night in a historic mansion before exploring the ancient forests that surround our valley.
Walking Tour of
Ridgway's "Lily of the Valley" National Historic Register District is an outstanding example of the lumber heritage that abounds in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The homes on this tour were built between 1855 and 1917. The tour is an outdoor tour, as the homes are all private residences or businesses. Take the tour by foot or car. Tour maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center.
See wonderful, fun wood animal sculptures, carved with chainsaws all around Ridgway's downtown shopping area and residential neighborhoods. Map of the Woodlins trail is available in the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center.
Canoeing and Kyaking
Sixty miles of wilderness adventure on the Clarion River begins in Ridgway for the best experience in safe family canoeing.
Lazy River Canoe Rentals at
The Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail
This 18 mile stretch runs from
Ridgway to Brockway, PA. The flat, smooth trail follows along the Clarion River on what used to be a railroad line. Well maintained all year, it's perfect for hiking, biking or just taking a stroll in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. No motorized vehicles, please!
Little Toby Rail Trail Brochure
19 N. Michael Street
St. Marys PA
Family owned and operated first run movie theatre in historic downtown St. Marys PA
Open seven days a week.
Laurel Mill Cross Country Ski Trail
Allegheny National Forest
Located three miles west of Ridgway on Township Road 307, often called Spring Creek Road. Great for cross country skiing and hiking.
Just 20 miles Southeast of Ridgway you'll find the heart of the Pennsylvania elk range. Home to over 800 wild elk from Weedville to Driftwood along the scenic Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek, passing through small towns like Caledonia, Medix Run, Benezette and Dents Run, 555 is known for fantastic elk viewing.Various elk viewing brochures are available at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center.
The Allegheny National Forest Region
The always inviting Allegheny National Forest lures visitors for backpacking, mountain biking, orienteering, horseback riding, outlooks and nature attractions, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ATV riding and camping. Ridgway is on the Southeast corner of the ANF. fs.fed.us/r9/allegheny
Laurel Mill Golf Course
Located two miles West of Ridgway. Mountaintop location and scenic views surround this public, nine-hole course with driving range and lounge. For more information, call
Sandy Beach Park
Spend the day at the park having fun with your entire family. Located just three miles west of Ridgway. Sandy Beach offers four picnic pavilions for rent, baseball and softball fields with dugouts, playgrounds and fishing.
Volley ball courts, Frisbee (Disc) golf and swimming. An observation deck with handicap accessibility, electric, water and grill are available. The park also has a bill board for rent. For more information please call 814-773-5625.
Frank Clark Memorial Basketball Courts.
Two full sized basketball courts are free and open to the public. There is a pavilion and picnic tables close by. This is also free and open to the public
On Route 219 South of Ridgway you'll find Appalacian Arts which offers an array of chainsaw
art and other works by local artisans. They offer classes in pottery, essential oils, carvings, printmaking and soapmaking. The gallery includes all of this and more.
The Elk County Council on the Arts - ECCOTA
A sales gallery and gift shop featuring local, regional and PA Wilds artists, classes, concerts and theater performances.
Handmade hardwood furniture and wood products, with a sales room offering gift items including custom laser engraving.
Elk County Historical Society & The Robinson Museum
"Preserving the Past for the Future", the Elk County Historical Society has resources for genealogical and historical research and offers a museum and book store.