Pittsburgh to Cumberland Trail

The following information is providedMap of Pittsburgh to Cumberland Trail
by the
Allegheny Trail Alliance.
 

The Allegheny Trial Alliance is a unique group of seven trail organizations who have joined together to bring this trail to completion.  Each trail group is as different as the section of trail they're building.  Click on the picture to the right for trail maps and facilities.

  Click on the picture for trail maps and facilities
MEMBERS OF THE ALLEGHENY TRAIL ALLIANCE

Youghiogheny River Trail North
At the beginning of this century, coal mining and Coke making ruled the Yough from Connellsville to McKeesport; the trail is punctuated with traces of the mines and thousands of coke ovens whose smoke once blackened this now green valley.  From the mansions of the mine owners to the company houses where the miners lived, there is literally a surprise around every corner.
The Yough River Trail North is being built by the Regional Trail Corporation and maintained by volunteers of the Mon/Yough Trail Council, the Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter, the Yough River Trail Council, the Fayette County Horse Owners Association and the Whitsett Yough Trail Chapter, totaling over 1,000 volunteers.

 

Allegheny Highlands Trail (MD)
From the C&O Canal Towpath at Cumberland, Maryland to the Mason - Dixon Line, the Allegheny Highlands Trail Maryland Section climbs the escarpment of the Allegheny Front.  From Cumberland to Frostburg, the trail will be rails-with-trail project, running alongside the western Maryland Scenic Railroad.  When this section of the trail is completed, trail users will be able to ride the train up the mountain and their bikes back down.
This Section of the trail will be built and maintained by the Allegany Highlands Trail Association of Maryland in conjunction with the State of Maryland, Allegany County, and the cities of Cumberland and Frostburg.

Allegheny Highlands Trail (PA)
Scenic Somerset County is the setting for the Pennsylvania segment of the Allegheny Highlands Trail.  The trail is now open along the Casselman River from Garrett through Rockwood to Pinkerton Neck and features friendly small towns and spectacular scenery.  The trail will cross the Eastern Continental Divide near the tiny settlement of Deal - from there it's all down hill to Pittsburgh!
The Allegheny Highlands Trail is a joint project of the Somerset County Commissioners, the Somerset County Planning Commission and the Somerset County Rails to Trails Association, a volunteer organization of about 400 members.

Steel Heritage Trail
Just as its name implies, the Steel Heritage Trail will run through what once was the steel producing capital of the world.  Many of the old mill sites and railroad yards are now returning to nature or are being redeveloped, but the trail user will see plenty of working mills, bustling railroad lines and strings of working barges on the Monongahela River.  The trail passes by several historic sites, including the Pinkerton's Landing from the Homestead Strike of 1892.
The Steel Heritage Trail is a joint project of the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, developer of the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area and the Steel Heritage Trail Council, a growing organization of over 100 volunteer members.  Five miles of trail from McKeesport to Clairton are scheduled to be opened in 1997.

Youghiogheny River Trail South
It's pronounced "YOCK-a-GAIN-ee" and from Confluence where the Yough (Yock) joins the Casselman down to Connellsville, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular.  Centerpiece of the trail is popular Ohiopyle State Park with its white water rafting, camping, mature forests and breathtaking views of the Yough Gorge.  Visitors can be assured of excellent services in Confluence, Ohiopyle and Connesville.
The Yough River Trail South is owned and maintained as part of Ohiopyle State Park by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail
From the water amusement park at Sandcastle to the Carnegie Science Center with its World War II submarine, from Three Rivers stadium where the Steelers and Pirates play, to the Heinz plant where the world-famous ketchup is made, the Three Rivers Heritage Trails offer the trail user a thrilling kaleidoscope of city life with the beautiful skyline of downtown Pittsburgh always in view.  The western end of the Pittsburgh to Cumberland Trail will be at Station Square, an old railroad station complex given new life as a restaurant, shopping and entertainment center.
The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a project of the Friends of the River front, a volunteer organization of 400 members, in association with the City of Pittsburgh.

Montour Trail
Turn right at McKeesport and you'll go down the Monongahela River to Pittsburgh; turn left and you'll come to the Montour Trail at Clairton.  The old Montour Railroad that the trail follows was built to follow the mines of the Pittsburgh Coal Seam and it rolls over the hills in a semicircle around the city of Pittsburgh.  Sometimes rural, sometimes suburban, sometimes wooded and isolated, the Montour Trail is a constantly changing treat.
The Montour Trail is being built by the Montour Trail Council, and all-volunteer organization of over 800 members.  It is maintained by the Three Friends of the Trail groups.

The above information is provided by the Allegheny Trail Alliance.

 

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