Forbes Trail

Forbes Trail

Following William Penn's land purchase of 1754, British General John Forbes began to build a 12-foot wide supply road from Philadelphia to Fort Duquesne (present day Pittsburgh) where the French were claiming territory. Along with Braddock's road, the Forbes Road was the colony's earliest land route to the great West. Portions of the old roadbed have been marked as a Boy Scout project. Route 522 from Fort Littleton to Burnt Cabins, south on Aughwick Road to Cowans Gap State Park parallel or coincide with the trail, which connected Fort Bedford, Fort Littleton, and Fort Loudon.