|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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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