The section of the "rails-to-trails" Panhandle Trail in Collier Township has proved to be such an immensely popular resource that more recently, a bridge was built to join it with a trails system on conserved land adjacent to the Panhandle Trail.

bridge across Robinson Run near the Rennerdale entrance to the Panhandle Trail linking it to a system of rugged hillside trails

On April 28, 2005, the Panhandle/Collier Pedestrian Bridge was officially opened. This bridge across Robinson Run near the Rennerdale entrance to the Trail is the result of a $41,000 grant given to Collier Township by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Township has budgeted about $30,000. Nevertheless, there still remains about a $35,000 gap between these funds and the actual cost. The Panhandle Trail Association has contributed $5,000 and entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Collier Twp. to help in a joint fundraising effort for the rest.

hillside trails kiosk and trail markers thanks to Eagle Scout Adam Gagorik & former CNC board member Susan Primm

The bridge leads directly to a network of hiking trails on the Chartiers Nature Conservancy property and more challenging woods and primitive paths on Collier Township-owned property. 

marked trail thru Neville's Woods on Collier hillside

We hope everyone will enjoy the old growth forest and rare, exquisite wildflowers on this beautiful hillside.

may apples
old growth grape vines