MST - Section 6
ElevationAscent: 169' 51 m
Descent: -267' -81 m
High: 867' 264 m
Low: 719' 219 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“A smooth passage through history beside the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River on an even-surfaced rail trail.”— Peter Fleszar
South to north is a gentle descent. The Mt. Etna furnace near the middle of the section offers historic displays, and can be a fun place to pause on your hike. Water Street near the north end was named for the way Native Americans and early settlers passed the gap in Tussey Mountain - by walking in the river. Two centuries of blasting opened the trail parallel to US 22.
When traveling along the trail, either by foot or bike, you can see many remnants of the canal era, including remains of locks and foundations of lock tenders' houses, as well as the historical Mt. Etna iron plantation area. There are a number of bridge crossings of the Juniata River and one covered bridge over the trace of a historic mill stream. Remains of tipples and massive concrete rock crushers from abandoned stone quarries along the trail hint of the once industrial nature of the now-unbroken forest beside the river.
Alfarata Station parking lot marks the north end of Section 6. The roadwalk along Alexandria Rd was eliminated, see the MST Guide for the most up to date information.