Propless Retreat Guidebook

Meghan

Propless Retreat Guidebook

Food scene
Local dive bar with some of the best food. Follow them on Facebook for their different daily specials. Outdoor seating available. We highly recommend checking out their burger night on Tuesdays!
Otto's Tavern
611 River Ave
Local dive bar with some of the best food. Follow them on Facebook for their different daily specials. Outdoor seating available. We highly recommend checking out their burger night on Tuesdays!
New brewery in town with a German vibe. Restored duck pin bowling available, very neat atmosphere.
Emlenton Brew Haus
610 Main Street
New brewery in town with a German vibe. Restored duck pin bowling available, very neat atmosphere.
Local pizza and Italian cuisine.
Little It Deli
615 Main St
Local pizza and Italian cuisine.
Good food, outdoor space, non-smoking bar/restaurant
The Blue Collar Tavern
2862 Pennsylvania 38
Good food, outdoor space, non-smoking bar/restaurant
Great pizza, riverfront (can stop while floating from Emlenton to Parker)
Foxburg Pizza
12 Main Street
Great pizza, riverfront (can stop while floating from Emlenton to Parker)
Riverfront, upscale restaurant - waterfront outdoor dining
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locals recommend
Allegheny Grille
40 Main Street
8
locals recommend
Riverfront, upscale restaurant - waterfront outdoor dining
Go into their old barn for a tasting, buy a bottle and go out back on a hike to their private waterfall
August Falls Winery
2931 Lime Plant Road
Go into their old barn for a tasting, buy a bottle and go out back on a hike to their private waterfall
Truck stop with food - good option for breakfast
Plaza Restaurant
6406 Emlenton Clintonville Road
Truck stop with food - good option for breakfast
Stop in for a great wine selection, free tastings, and a pergola covered patio to enjoy a bottle.
Foxburg Wine Cellars
65 Main Street
Stop in for a great wine selection, free tastings, and a pergola covered patio to enjoy a bottle.
New bakery in town with all the delicious goodies. Follow them on Facebook for updates! Hours are Thursday-Sunday 7a-2p.
The Crow's Cupboard
219 South Farren Avenue
New bakery in town with all the delicious goodies. Follow them on Facebook for updates! Hours are Thursday-Sunday 7a-2p.
Sightseeing
The Allegheny River Trail Emlenton Trailhead can be found in the western end of town, just past the post office. The trail offers a scenic ride along the beautiful Allegheny River with numerous places to stop and enjoy the view at a picnic table or bench. 6 miles north of Emlenton you'll find the first of two railroad tunnels, the Rockland Station Tunnel. A short hike from the bike trail is a beautiful waterfall and one of the areas historic iron furnaces.
Allegheny River Trail
The Allegheny River Trail Emlenton Trailhead can be found in the western end of town, just past the post office. The trail offers a scenic ride along the beautiful Allegheny River with numerous places to stop and enjoy the view at a picnic table or bench. 6 miles north of Emlenton you'll find the first of two railroad tunnels, the Rockland Station Tunnel. A short hike from the bike trail is a beautiful waterfall and one of the areas historic iron furnaces.
Mineral Springs is one of two parks in Emlenton and has one of the oldest oil wells in the world still producing crude oil at its original depth. Crawford #3 was drilled in 1867, and is located within the park. You can own a 8oz. bottle of this crude by visiting The Pumping Jack Museum in Emlenton. This park also has picnic groves, fishing and trail access along creek. To inquire about camping at Mineral Springs Park, please contact the Borough Office at 724-867-8611.
Mineral Springs Park
Mineral Springs is one of two parks in Emlenton and has one of the oldest oil wells in the world still producing crude oil at its original depth. Crawford #3 was drilled in 1867, and is located within the park. You can own a 8oz. bottle of this crude by visiting The Pumping Jack Museum in Emlenton. This park also has picnic groves, fishing and trail access along creek. To inquire about camping at Mineral Springs Park, please contact the Borough Office at 724-867-8611.
Local State Park located 40 minutes North, great hiking, kayaking, sightseeing available
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locals recommend
Cook Forest State Park Indian Cabin Office
113 River Rd
15
locals recommend
Local State Park located 40 minutes North, great hiking, kayaking, sightseeing available
Allegheny River Access The Allegheny River as well as the many local creeks and streams are located right in our backyard. They offer endless possibilities for fun. You can fish for trout, bass, walleye, musky and other native species or enjoy other water activities like canoeing or kayaking. A public access to the Allegheny River can be found under the Main Street bridge.
Allegheny River
Allegheny River Access The Allegheny River as well as the many local creeks and streams are located right in our backyard. They offer endless possibilities for fun. You can fish for trout, bass, walleye, musky and other native species or enjoy other water activities like canoeing or kayaking. A public access to the Allegheny River can be found under the Main Street bridge.
Located just 5 miles north of Emlenton, Kahle Lake also offers great fishing all year long. Come out during the summer and fish from your electric powered or motorless boat, or fish right from shore. Kahle lake offers largemouth bass, walleye, perch, musky and more! And don't let snow and ice stop you - Kahle Lake is also a popular ice-fishing lake.
Kahle Lake
Located just 5 miles north of Emlenton, Kahle Lake also offers great fishing all year long. Come out during the summer and fish from your electric powered or motorless boat, or fish right from shore. Kahle lake offers largemouth bass, walleye, perch, musky and more! And don't let snow and ice stop you - Kahle Lake is also a popular ice-fishing lake.
Oldest operating golf course in the USA. Come visit and play a quick 9!
Foxburg Country Club
369 Harvey Road
Oldest operating golf course in the USA. Come visit and play a quick 9!
Find out how Emlenton was established and the history of oil that made our 1800s town.
Pumping Jack Museum
511 Hill St
Find out how Emlenton was established and the history of oil that made our 1800s town.
Beautiful waterfall just a short hike off of a dirt road.
Freedom Falls
835 Rockland Station Rd
Beautiful waterfall just a short hike off of a dirt road.
Rockland Furnace is a historic iron furnace located at Rockland Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania. It was built 1832, and is a stone structure approximately 25 feet tall. It has an 11 feet wide, 10 feet tall casting arch and 9 feet wide, 9 feet tall tuyere arch. Also on the property are the wheel pit and mill race. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Rockland Furnace
Rockland Furnace is a historic iron furnace located at Rockland Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania. It was built 1832, and is a stone structure approximately 25 feet tall. It has an 11 feet wide, 10 feet tall casting arch and 9 feet wide, 9 feet tall tuyere arch. Also on the property are the wheel pit and mill race. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
Canoe/Kayak rentals up river (cannot get to our camp via river in 1 day trip)
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locals recommend
Outdoor Allegheny River Services
250 Elk St
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locals recommend
Canoe/Kayak rentals up river (cannot get to our camp via river in 1 day trip)
Local canoe/kayak rental
Riverview Canoe & Kayak
613 Main St
Local canoe/kayak rental
Absolutely beautiful local made wood furniture - worth a walk through their incredible showroom.
The Hardwood Mall
537 Squaw Valley Rd
Absolutely beautiful local made wood furniture - worth a walk through their incredible showroom.
Souvenirs
Local drugstore who has expanded into local apparel and gifts. Check them out for your local souvenir! Also available on their Facebook shop if you can’t make it into the store.
Linmas Drugs Inc
603 Main Street
Local drugstore who has expanded into local apparel and gifts. Check them out for your local souvenir! Also available on their Facebook shop if you can’t make it into the store.
Grocery
Nearest grocery store
EMLENTON IGA
514 River Ave
Nearest grocery store
Nearest DG
Dollar General
610 River Avenue
Nearest DG
Great owners, great selection
Butcherine's Distributor
2319 West Sunbury Road
Great owners, great selection
Tobacco
Cool new place in town - features a humidor with a large cigar selection and a small back patio to enjoy your chosen cigar with complimentary coffee. Check them out!
Neffy's Cigar
607 Main Street
Cool new place in town - features a humidor with a large cigar selection and a small back patio to enjoy your chosen cigar with complimentary coffee. Check them out!

Traveler advice

Getting around

No public transportation or ride sharing

Will need to use your own transportation, most places in Emlenton are accessible via bike.
Customs & culture

Leave it the way you found it or in better condition

We treasure what nature provides us and don't want to ruin it, we hope you'll help us commit to that culture.
What to pack

If utilizing the river:

Bring beach towels, sunscreen, chapstick w/ SPF, cooler and whatever your flotation device of choice is. The river can be very dangerous and should not be taken lightly. We highly recommend you have a PFD before entering the water. You do have access in front of the house, however most times during the summer season it can be muddy and weedy as the water level changes frequently.
Don't miss

Bike Trail Tips and Map

The Allegheny River Trail in Emlenton will take you the entire way to Franklin, PA. Headlights are recommended as there are 2 tunnels you will need to ride through in which there is no light at the end of the tunnel (see what I did there). But really, it's pitch black because there is a bend in the tunnel, so you can't even see your hand in front of your face. At this time, the Emlenton trail does NOT connect to the trail in Foxburg. If you wish to ride the trail from Foxburg to Parker, you will need to transport your bike there. https://www.avta-trails.org/documents/maps/AVTA-Map.pdf
Book before you go

Keystone Connection Fishing Guide

Local fishing guide will take you out on the Allegheny River - find their page on Facebook!