Located just minutes from I-80 in beautiful Northwestern Pennsylvania, Emlenton is a destination with limitless recreation and business opportunities.
The Allegheny River is a picturesque location offering water sports activities such as fishing, swimming, canoeing & kayaking. A public boat ramp is located on River Avenue. If you are looking to rent equipment for the day, check out one of the outfitters on our Local Directory.
Running alongside the river is our bike trail, a part of the Allegheny River and Samuel Justus Trail system which runs from Oil City to Emlenton. The trail is paved and flat, making it a suitable trail for all ages. The trailhead is located just past the Post Office at the western edge of town.
The Allegheny River Trail, utilizing the old railroad line, also serves as a portion of the North Country Trail, a hiking trail running 4600 miles from New York to North Dakota.
On top of the hill you’ll find tennis courts, ball fields, a basketball court and one of our two parks. Hughes Park has playground equipment for kids and a large pavilion for family get-togethers.
Our second park is located on Rt. 38 on the Eastern edge of town. Mineral Springs Park is the Emlenton Municipal Forest. Richey Run flows through the park and provides a picturesque location for picnics or just an afternoon stroll. It is a popular spot for dog-walking, and you’ll often see children playing in the cool water. You might notice a small building to the right of the road in the park. This building houses Crawford #3, the oldest oil well in the world still producing oil today.
Emlenton was first setted in 1810 by John Kerr, who spent his time here overseeing river shipments of stone to build the city of Pittsburgh. It was later incorporated in 1859 and named for Emlen, the wife of one of its founders, Joseph M. Fox, who was paramount in the development of Foxburg.
In February 2015, Emlenton lost a beloved landmark when the Emlenton Mill burned. The mill was one of the first steam-powered grist mills in the country. Over the years it was renovated and eventually housed a creamery, museum, bunkhouse and small shop.
Join us, during the 2nd weekend in July, for our annual Summer Festival.