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Length
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Brooke Pioneer Trail

6.7 mi
State: WV
Asphalt

Browns Run Trail

0.9 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Caperton Trail

6 mi
State: WV
Asphalt

Clearview Park Trail

0.76 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Woodchips

Conotton Creek Trail

11.2 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

East Wetzel Rail-Trail

1.5 mi
State: WV
Asphalt, Dirt, Sand

Glen Dale to Moundsville Rail-Trail

3.4 mi
State: WV
Asphalt

Great Allegheny Passage

150 mi
State: MD, PA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Great Guernsey Trail

7 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Greene River Trail

5.2 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Joel McCann Memorial Trail

1.1 mi
State: WV
Crushed Stone

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail

12.5 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

McKeesport-Versailles Loop Trail

1.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt

Mon River Trail

23.7 mi
State: WV
Crushed Stone

Montour Trail

61.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Montour Trail - Airport Connector

6.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

National Road Bikeway

2.6 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Panhandle Passage Trail

1.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Panhandle Trail

29.2 mi
State: PA, WV
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Accordion

Sheepskin Rail-Trail

6.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

33 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Washington's Landing Trail

2.1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Wellsburg Yankee Trail

2.2 mi
State: WV
Asphalt

West Fork River Trail

14 mi
State: WV
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Wheeling Heritage Trails

16.5 mi
State: WV
Asphalt

Zeisberger Trail

0.66 mi
State: OH
Woodchips

Zoar Valley Trail

20.1 mi
State: OH
Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Grass
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Closure Notice: As of March 2021, portions of the northern end of the trail south of Wellsburg are closed due to the construction of a new bridge across the Ohio River; once finished, the bridge will...
WV 6.7 mi Asphalt
One mile of the proposed 4-mile Browns Run Trail is currently open near Masontown in German Township, Fayette County. The trail follows the former Monongahela and B&O lines from Lardin House, a local...
PA 0.9 mi Crushed Stone
The central point of the Caperton Trail is located in Morgantown, known as the home of West Virginia University, the inspiration for a Joni Mitchell song and the birthplace of Don Knotts. Morgantown...
WV 6 mi Asphalt
A short, but sweet, unassuming trail which runs on former trolley right-of-way while flanked by Clearview Avenue above and Crafton Boulevard below. Provides a traffic-free alternative to busy Crafton...
PA 0.76 mi Crushed Stone, Woodchips
Once the corridor of the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway, today the 11.2-mile Conotton Creek Trail offers complete immersion in a bucolic setting in northeastern Ohio. Situated in the rolling...
OH 11.2 mi Asphalt
The East Wetzel Rail-trail is a 1.5 mile pathway that runs through the town of Hundred in West Virginia. The trail provides connectivity to various local destinations including the high school, the...
WV 1.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Sand
The Glen Dale to Moundsville Rail-Trail runs for 3.4 paved miles between Glen Dale City Park and Moundsville Riverview Park. The trail parallels the Ohio River behind shopping plazas and...
WV 3.4 mi Asphalt
The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is an iconic rail-trail that runs 150 miles from Cumberland, Maryland, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was built in partnership between state agencies and many local...
MD, PA 150 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Great Guernsey Trail runs for 7 miles from the eastern edge of Cambridge to Lore City. The paved trail occupies a former CSX railroad corridor through rural wooded countryside. Because it...
OH 7 mi Asphalt
The Greene River Trail provides an up close tour of riverside communities whose histories are steeped in the coal industry. You can see remnants of coal mining along the trail, as well as chipmunks,...
PA 5.2 mi Crushed Stone
The Joel McCann Memorial Trail is part of what will one day be a 16-mile rail-trail from Barrackville to Mannington following the former Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad. Currently, a 1-mile section of...
WV 1.1 mi Crushed Stone
Mile marker 0 for the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail can be found at its southern in Lisbon. Located in a former railroad depot, the Lisbon trailhead is about a quarter mile from the actual start...
OH 12.5 mi Asphalt
The Loop Trail provides an alternate route to the Great Allegheny Passage between Boston and McKeesport. The route separates from the Great Allegheny Passage at Boston, crosses the Boston Bridge over...
PA 1.6 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Morgantown is known as the home of West Virginia University, the inspiration for a Joni Mitchell song and the birthplace of Don Knotts. But it’s also known for its extensive rail-trail system along...
WV 23.7 mi Crushed Stone
The 61.5-mile Montour Trail follows most of the former Montour Railroad’s main line west and south of Pittsburgh. This little short line was incorporated during the late 19th century and, despite its...
PA 61.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Airport Connector is a spur off the impressive Montour Trail that circles the western outskirts of Pittsburgh. The paved pathway begins just off the extended-term parking lot on the western end of...
PA 6.5 mi Asphalt
Though only 2.5 miles, the National Road Bikeway features an impressive below-grade tunnel, which was built in 1902. The narrow tunnel is 532 feet long and is lighted but still gives you the...
OH 2.6 mi Asphalt
Don't let the Panhandle Passage Trail's small stature fool you, it is just the start of an incredible adventure that awaits you in Tuscarawas County and one that you will remember for years to come....
OH 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Panhandle Trail offers the most direct and scenic route for self-propelled travel between the Pittsburgh suburbs and West Virginia. Although the trail follows an old railroad grade through the...
PA, WV 29.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Accordion
The Sheepskin Rail-Trail is a developing pathway located in rural Fayette County, Pennsylvania. As of 2018, the trail is open in three disconnected segments, totaling nearly 6 miles. Eventually, the...
PA 6.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Three Rivers Heritage Trail features the best that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer, connecting major cultural venues, the downtown area, historical sites, and some of the city’s most well-known...
PA 33 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Washington's Landing, a 42-acre island in the Allegheny River, is now home to a thriving mixed-use community after a successful brownfield reclamation. The Washington's Landing Trail forms almost a...
PA 2.1 mi Crushed Stone
The Wellsburg Yankee Trail is a short, paved rail-trail that spans the entire length of Wellsburg, a small city on the Ohio River in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. The community trail runs...
WV 2.2 mi Asphalt
West Virginia's West Fork River Trail provides a snapshot of some of the most beautiful scenery in this region. Its official name is the West Fork River Ralph S. Larue Trail in honor of the director...
WV 14 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Closure Notice: Starting February 2021, a section of the Wheeling Creek Trail will be closed for an estimated nine months. The trail by the Hempfield Viaduct/Tunnel west of Rock Point Road will be...
WV 16.5 mi Asphalt
Zeisberger Trail and Parks group (ZTAP) is working to connect the village of Tuscarawas (Tusky) to the surrounding communities and larger regional and state recreational trails. ZTAP has already...
OH 0.66 mi Woodchips
The Zoar Valley Trail winds along the Tuscarawas River between the village of Schoenbrunn in the south and Fort Laurens State Memorial in Bolivar in the north. The path offers a mixture of rolling...
OH 20.1 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Dirt, Grass

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Recent Trail Reviews

Montour Trail

Fantastic trail

July, 2021 by crsdws_tl

I visited this trail for the first time today. I had a fantastic experience. I parked in Hendersonville and rode the section in between Westland Branch junction and Library Junction. Three tunnels and many bridges. I saw two young bucks and a doe with two fawns. Trail was busy and must have passed nearly 150 other trail users or more. Trail was in great shape and beautiful. It was definitely worth the hour drive to get there and I will return again.

Great Allegheny Passage

Rode from Frostburg to Meyersdale

July, 2021 by garyv.email

My wife and I rode this portion of the trail on our recumbent tandem in June. It has been on of our favorites. The climb from Frostburg to the eastern continental divide was not too bad. It was great fun on the way down. ;-). The tunnels and the views are the big highlights. It was so cool how the lights came on as we rode through Borden tunnel. The cicadas were out in force as we rode through the woods. The Mason Dixon line is a great photo stop. We highly recommend the trail and will be back to ride more.

Panhandle Trail

Beautiful scenic and varied trail. Worth a look!

July, 2021 by ejbeckl

My Ride: Hardtail mountain bike with 26x2.2in tires. Did entire trail in 2 days. Avg Speed: 12mph

DAY 1: Started at the parking lot in WV by RT 22. Rode 15miles to the middle of the trail at the parking lot in Bulger PA and back to WV. Then drove to camp at the Montour Trail Boggs Campsite in the parking lot for that trail. Free and fine for one night. Total: 31miles

DAY 2: Drove to Bulger PA trail parking lot (15min drive) and rode 13 miles to the end of the trail that dead ends in Rennerdale. End of the trail is a parking lot and it appears like the trail continues but it takes you to someone's backyard..... I recommend turning around at the rock quarry with pavilion and firepit seating area. Afterwards I rode back 13 miles to the car in Bulger. Total: 26miles

CLIMB/DESCENT
Weirton-Bulger: 400ft Climb
Bulger-Rennerdale: 300ft Descent

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Weirton WV - PA line: 4miles Rough gravel, not packed well. Ideal for 1.75in tires and wider, road bikes will work, just won't be much fun. The trail follows a creek and has plenty of seating and port-a-john's along the way. One of the most scenic parts of the trail if you can get past the bad gravel....

PA line - Bulger: 11miles Trail becomes asphalt. Wooded area with bridges over country roads and creeks. Very pretty. No restrooms but a couple nice overlooks with benches.

Bulger - McDonald: 5.5miles Begins with sweeping views of rolling hills with small wooded patches right outside of Bulger, then quickly becomes wooded around the trail for the remainder. The Montour Trail connects to the Panhandle Trail. THE MCDONALD TRESTLE BRIDGE IS NOT ON PANHANDLE TRAIL. Get there by taking the connection to the Montour trail and then turn left (south). The McDonald Trestle Bridge is a must see but don't let the pictures for this trail fool you, you have to go a bit out of your way to see the stellar view. Google McDonald Trestle Bridge and Montour Panhandle Connector.

McDonald - Rennerdale (End of trail): 7miles Towns get closer together and roads are a bit busier for a few miles. Also the trail becomes packed gravel soon after McDonald. A few spots are washed out but not bad. From about Oakdale to the end of the trail it is very smooth for being gravel. Also within the last few miles is a parking lot for the bike trail and Fossil's Cliff/Neville's Woods Hiking Trail. Less than 1/2 mile from the hiking trail parking lot is a rock quarry outcrop with a pavilion and seating area with large firepit. Basically this is the end of the trail. Only a road crossing and a parking lot is past this. If you miss the end of the trail and go past the last parking lot you'll end up in someone's back yard.

Accordion

Caperton Trail

Access To Three Great Trails

July, 2021 by speidel20

We stayed on the waterfront in Morgantown and rode different trails over three days (June 15-17, 2021)...all accessed from the Caperton Trail. Day 1 we rode from Morgantown to Point Marion, PA along the Mon Trail North (about 26 miles RT). Day 2 we rode about 1/2 of the Decker Creek Trail (about 24 miles RT). Day 3 we rode the Mon Trail South to the Meredith tunnel (about 42 miles RT).
The folks who maintain the trails do an excellent job. We arrived after a severe thunderstorm the day before and the crews were busy cleaning/fixing the trails...Really Well Done!
The Mon Trails provide nice views of the river and you will see the dams and locks along the way. The Decker Creek Trail has some nice views of the creek and is cut through some rock formations that are very scenic. The Decker Creek trail has a bit of an incline as you ride from Morgantown to Reedsville...so the ride back into Morgantown is easy.
Overall...great trails and Morgantown is a nice location to stay and has many restaurants and breweries to choose from. We will do this ride again and maybe cover the whole Decker Creek trail next time.

Great Allegheny Passage

great trail

July, 2021 by ghmason1

It’s a great trail. Been riding it since the beginning. The elitists need to tone it down though. People like to enjoy the scenery and shouldn’t have to worry about getting ran into or yelled at by the Strava segment obsessors.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

Hot Metal Bridge to the Point and Back

June, 2021 by vicki1960

10 mile round trip. Hot Metal Bridge to the Point and back along the South Side section of the trail. It was during the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival on a Saturday afternoon and Point Park was very crowded, which was to be expected.

Great Allegheny Passage

Beautiful with camping, lodging, food, water fun!

June, 2021 by rick1635

What a great trail of crushed limestone…great climb up from Cumberland at 660’ to about 2,600’ at the Eastern Continental Divide, then a slow decline the rest of the way to Pittsburgh. Great B&B’s along the way in Meyersdale, Rockwood, Confluence…Ohiopyle State Park is one of a few terrific places to stay for the night and take a day off for whitewater rafting. Also take a moment for a bit of hiking or even a trip to see Falling Waters, a Frank Lloyd Wright home built on a waterfall. Only went as far as West Newton this time around but will be back to do it again. Many also start at Pittsburgh and finish at Cumberland enjoying a 24 mile downhill ride into town. Many choices for food and shelter.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

Homestead Waterfront to McKeesport

June, 2021 by vicki1960

Approx 15 miles round trip from Homestead Waterfront mile marker 140 1/2 to McKeesport mile marker 133. Parked at the waterfront in West Homestead and traveled on about a mile of crushed limestone. The rest of the trail was paved and is managed by the Steel Valley Trails Association. You will pass Allegheny Goatscape where the goats are maintaining the river hillside. Also the Pump House and a short bike lane segment. Mile marker 137 is at Kennywood Amusement Park. Mile 133 is a former industrial site area. Coming back from McKeesport I caught up with a group of cyclists who were on on their last stretch of the 150 mile trail. They were almost to Pittsburgh.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

Homestead Waterfront to Southside Community Park and back.

June, 2021 by vicki1960

Approx 12 1/2 mile round trip. Parked at the waterfront in West Homestead (mile 141) and went to Southside Community Park and back. This entire section is aslphalt paved. This section went through Sand Castle water park, passed the Hays Eagles nest, though the Southside (Hot Metal Bridge area) and to the Community Park. West Homestead Waterfront is where the old stacks are from the Steel Mill.

Conotton Creek Trail

Scenic and peaceful

June, 2021 by mcpatsn_tl

Nice country trail but the blacktop surface has gotten in such bad shape that I won't ride it anymore.

Washington's Landing Trail

Worth traveling a short distance to get to

June, 2021 by vicki1960

While re-visiting Pittsburgh, and coming off the Three Rivers Heritage trail, I made a stop on this trail. I was tipped off by a friendly cyclist at the Point (Fountain) to take a ride up to Washington's Crossing. Only a few miles from the Point. I thought it was a neat piece of history.
To get to Herr Island and Washington's Crossing, stay on The Three Rivers Heritage Trail at the North Shore towards Millvale. The trail is crushed limestone as you approach the Island. Once on the Island the trail is either side streets (interesting residential area of cute townhouses) or gravel and dirt trail. I was ok on a Hybrid type bike and it wasn't a lot of miles I was getting in. I pedaled to the other side of the Island to see Washington's Crossing.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

Hot Metal Bridge to Millvale and back-June 2021

June, 2021 by vicki1960

Approx 13 miles round trip. Parked near the Hot Metal bridge (mile marker 145) and rode the trail to the Point (mile 150). Continued the trail along the North Shore to Washingtons Crossing in Millvale.
I will admit at first, around mile marker 140 the trail goes between two throughways in the city and it was quite noisy and dirty. Just stuff flying in the air dirty. I pedaled along the Mon Warf area and came out at Point State Park. A nice Pittsburgher told me about crossing the Roberto Clemente Bridge and following the North Shore to Washingtons Crossing in Millvale. So I did that and came back staying on the Roberto Clemente Bridge into Downtown Pittsburgh and using the bike friendly bike lanes. Also biked through Market Square and PPG Place. Crossed over the Smithfield Street bridge into Station square and rode along the other side of the Monongahela river through South Side.
Todays ride was asphalt paved except for the short loop on Herr Island at Washington Crossing. Herr Island is a park and also residential areas.

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