Fort Alice and Oakland Town Trails
Description: Oakland’s fitness/walking trail includes a 1 mile loop that can be accessed at the Yough Glades development on Liberty Street. The trail follows part of the (Top) Youghiogheny River and connects to the Historic Oakland Train Station, the Pavilion and heads out Route 39.
A spur at the northwest corner of this trail follows the old B&O railroad line (now CSX) west to the site of a Civil War era fort, aka Fort Alice. This was the site of a Union troop blockhouse built to house troops protecting the 88 Bridge of the B&O railroad where it crosses the Youghiogheny River. The blockhouse was over-run by Confederate troops in 1863 as part of the James-Imboded Raid which burned the bridge and briefly occupied the nearby town of Oakland. Interpretive signs along the trail tell the story of this piece of local history.
Directions: Travel to Oakland from north or south on U.S. Route 219. The trail can be accessed at the Pavilion/Oakland town parking lot behind 2nd and Alder Streets or at the Yough Glades development, which is on your right as you leave Oakland on Liberty Street.
Directions to Town Parking Lot trailhead on Google Maps
Directions to Fort Alice trailhead on Google Maps