The Montour Trail follows a portion of the old Montour Railroad, which was built between 1877 and 1914 to link the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad with the region's many coal mines. Forming a semi-circle around Pittsburgh, the Montour Railroad also connected other railroads, including the Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh & West Virginia, the Baltimore & Ohio, and the Union.
Both the trail and the railroad are named for the creek that runs alongside; you'll follow the waterway for the trail's first 8 miles beginning in Coraopolis. Views will primarily be of leafy green neighborhoods sprinkled with wildflowers. Highlights of the trip include Enlow Tunnel, which stretches 500 feet, in Findlay Township and the impressive McDonald Trestle, spanning more than 900 feet, on the outskirts of McDonald. Continuing south of McDonald, the trail offers beautiful rural landscapes.
At the eastern end of the trail, you'll find the paved Arrowhead Trail in Peters Township. This section opened in 1985 and is now part of the Montour Trail. The township planted 500 trees along the 4-mile route, which passes among a wooded corridor in suburbia, linking neighborhoods with parks.
Most of the Montour Trail is crushed limestone, but note that there are three short on-road sections clustered near this eastern end of the trail.
Parking and Trail Access
Trailhead parking is available at either end of the trail (along Montour Coketown at the northern end of the trail and off N. State Street at the trail's southern end), as well as many points in-between. Check the TrailLink map for parking areas and directions.
The trail has completed the bridges over Morganza Rd and Georgetown Rd. There is a bike rental shop Tandeum Connection at the Morganza brigde. You can rent a bike, get refreshments and they also have bike parts if you run into trouble. This part of the ...
Montour is a hot trail!
We rode on the Montour Trail on an August Sunday afternoon from Imperial to McDonald and back. The trail is somewhat bumpy and I got a flat on this trip. Alot of the trail is in the sun, so have water and be prepared to be hot! We had trouble finding ...