Youghiogheny River Trail (North) - Great Allegheny Passage

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For up-to-date information on the Great Allegheny Passage, visit the Allegheny Trail Alliance Web site and to discover Trail Towns along the Great Allegheny Passage, visit the Trail Town Program Web site

The YRT North Section is a 43-mile limestone surfaced trail built along the "railbanked" right-of-way of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad between McKeesport and Connellsville. The north section of trail has been completed from just north of Boston down to Connellsville and is open and free to the public!

The trail continues to Confluence for 66 continuous miles of one of the most beautiful trails in the country. The trail is designed as a non-motorized, shared-use, recreational trail for bicycling, walking, fishing and canoe access, hiking, nature study, historic appreciation, cross country skiing, picnicking, and horseback riding.

The smooth surfaced trail is accessible to people of all ages and all physical abilities. The trail parallels the West Side of the Youghiogheny River and connects many small towns and rural open spaces along the entire river valley.

This trail is part of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 152 mile bicycle and walking trail that will eventually connect Pittsburgh with the C&O Canal in Cumberland, MD, on non-motorized trails.

Parking and Trail Access

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Not perfect, but not bad.

   March, 2014 by gtbeamer

The Mrs. and I decided to ride the YRT from Little Boston towards West Newton, going upriver and then back to Little Boston. The trail starting out from Little Boston headed up the Yough isn't bad, but the winter has been unkind, especially given that more

P&LE-Washington Run to Smithville 11/9-16-21-25/2013

   December, 2013 by rich ballash

I've consolidated four trip surveys here, as I continued northward toward Pittsburgh from Washington Run (Layton) to Smithville, 3 miles north of West Newton. The almost continuous string of those beautiful concrete ex-P&LE mileposts continue over this more

P&LE - Dickerson Run to Washington Run

   November, 2013 by rich ballash

My tour of the old P&LE continued northward from the obviously once massive Dickerson Run Yard. The railroad property width here is astounding. The span of continuous P&LE concrete mileposts continues, with MP52 near the west end of the yard. Google P&LE more