July 2017
Updated July 5

Hike or Bike Jakes Rocks Trails

Sunday, July 9

Bring your bike or boots and meet at Jakes Rocks at 2:00 p.m. Afterward we will have a picnic with lemonade, hot dogs and the fixings provided. Bring whatever else you wish to add to the feast. Leaders; John and Patricia Shinaberger, 814-598-9094(J), 814-598-4590(P).


Kayak-Canoe on Chapman Dam

Sunday, July 16

Boats need to be registered or have a launch permit. Bring your own picnic for after the float. Meet at the Chapman State Park Boat Launch at 4:00 p.m. Leader; John Young, 814-730-2915.


Bike Allegany State Park Area

Wednesday, July 19

Bicycle Bay State Road and trails in Red House Area. Bring water and a lunch for a picnic along the way. Meet at the trailhead parking lot at the Exit 19 entrance to ASP, on the left before toll house. Leader; Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331, evenings.


Bike Oil Creek Bike Path

Wednesday, July 26

Meet at the Petroleum Center Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m. Leader; Dennis Anderson, 716-969-9772.


Brokenstraw Splash Hike and Potluck Picnic

Friday, July 28

Meet at the Bike-Hike Trail Parking Lot at the north end of Poplar Street behind Youngsville High School at 11:00 a.m. Wear shoes and clothing appropriate for getting wet while walking in the stream and along the banks. Walk is about one hour duration. Bring dish to share and table service. Leader; Jonella Roundtree, 864-554-6463.


Bike Clymer to Finley Lake and Return

Wednesday, August 2

Meet across from the Dutch Village Restaurant in Clymer, NY at 10:00 a.m. Late lunch at Dutch Village upon return. Leader; Pat Spicer, 814-757-8331, evenings.


The Point in Pittsburgh

In the photo above boaters on the Monongahela River recently found people enjoying The Point, a park in Pittsburgh at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. Boaters there go cautiously - the photo was taken while limping back to the dock after damaging the propeller on an unseen object in the water.


All AOC events which include cross-country skiing, bicycling, and kayaking & canoeing, as well as hiking and sometimes overnight camping, are free and open to the public. Dues to join the AOC are $5 per person per year. The AOC also administers the 100-Mile Patch program for those hikers who complete the approximately 96.8 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail within the Allegheny National Forest. For more information about this and other local outdoors activities go to the Outdoor Subjects link above.


Neglected Bicycles

Tree grown around bicycles Here's an extreme case of, "I haven't been on my bike in a while." These two bicycles were left against a tree for so long the tree grew around them. They are on display at Bicycle Heaven in Pittsburgh.