Originally started to save the historic B and O Railroad Station, the Jenks Township Supervisors purchased the station and nearly 5 acres surrounding it. The station was purchased from the Kovalchick Corporation with a plan to develop a Four Seasons Trail and Recreational Hub. The Hub will provide parking, handicap accessible restrooms and information for recreational activities to include walking, bicycling, ATV, snowmobile, cross country skiing, and equestrian use.
The plan is to connect the Trail Hub to the Chipps Memorial Park (MACA) that provides swimming, a ball field, a basketball court and a building that can be rented for parties and reunions, etc. The Hub will also connect with the Marienville Area Library and will have at the Library location a community garden for locals and educational use.
The railroad right of way is being purchased by Headwaters Charitable Group of Curwensville and will allow winter motorized, non-motorized and equestrian travel on portions of the old rail line. From Marienville to the old Goat Farm Road will be used by equestrians to access the Kelly Pines area of the Allegheny National Forest and snowmobilers to other trails in the ANF. The railroad ROW will connect users to Cooks Forest area via the Baker Trail, the North Country Trail to the south and the Kinzua Bridge State Park to the North. There will be a large parking area for winter motorized and equestrian trailers and a separate area for non-motorized users. Snowmobiles will be able to park at the hub and ride as far as Kinzua Dam or Allegheny State Park in New York on the extensive ANF trail system. A pavilion, picnic tables and benches will also be available at the Hub, all within walking distance of several restaurants, lodging and fuel.
A new ATV trail is being developed by the Allegheny National Forest and Jenks Township that will connect the Hub to the main ATV trail north of Marienville as ATV’s will not be permitted on the old rail line in Forest County. This connection will give the community four seasons of recreational opportunities starting from one location and all having their own trail. Recreation has always been a large part of the local economy and with the addition of this trail hub the Supervisors hope to give entrepreneurs opportunities to develop new businesses or expand businesses already here. There are opportunities for rental shops, overnight accommodations, food and recreational outfitters. Additional plans for the Hub include a market village and a historical center.