Steel Valley Trail - Great Allegheny Passage

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The Steel Valley Trail follows the shores of the Monongahela River, through historic battlefields and former steel mill sites in Homestead, Braddock, Duquesne, McKeesport, Glassport and Clairton. Massive industrial furnaces from the Homestead Steel Works stand along with smaller artifacts, such as a ladle car. These industrial artifacts and interpretive signage add interest to both the trail and the retail area called The Waterfront. The district is now a modern retail center with offices, restaurants and entertainment, all rebuilt to reflect early 20th century charm and its industrial past.

The Steel Valley Trail is a crucial link in the 335-mile Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. corridor that is made up of the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath. Currently, the Steel Valley Trail runs between Glen Hazel and Clairton.

Following the waterfront, the trail continues to the refurbished Hot Metal Bridge, which provides a connection to the Eliza Furnace Trail section of the Three Rivers Trail system. In addition, at the Clairton end (near State Street/SR 837) the Steel Valley Trail links to the Montour Trail.

For more information and updates on the Steel Valley Trail, visit the Steel Valley Trail Council; for more information on the Great Allegheny Passage, visit the Allegheny Trail Alliance.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking can be found near where the Montour Trail and Steel Valley Trail meet in Clairton, just off State Route 837. Parking is also available on Water Street near 5th Avenue in McKeesport and in Duquesne at SR 837 and Library Place, one block south of Grant Avenue. The best parking is found along Waterfront Drive in the shopping area in Homestead.

Reviews

First real ride of the year...

   March, 2014 by gtbeamer

The Mrs. and I rode from the Pumphouse in Homestead up the Mon to McKeesport and turned around where the trail shares the road. There are two bridges that the trail uses to cross over the active tracks, one just before McKeesport, and one just after the ...read more

Homestead to McKeesport [inc. Montour Connector]

   July, 2013 by gingercyclist

In June, whilst on holiday from the UK, I read that the trail had finally been completed linking Downton to the rest of the Great Allegheny Passage. In my rash old age I decided to hire a bike from Golden Triangle Bikes and embark on what most people ...read more

The Rest of the Story - McKeesport's West "Loop" Route

   December, 2011 by rich ballash

It was a pleasure to return to the south end of this trail for a third and final time to close the "GAP" (pun intended!) on this trail which I began my rail-trail adventures on some four years ago. Yes, the third time was a charm. Fellow local historian ...read more