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The Westmoreland Heritage Trail is an excellent example of a family-friendly multi-use rail-trail. This crushed-limestone trail features reclaimed railroad bridges over the Conemaugh River and Loyalhanna Creek, both offering great views of the river hydraulics below. The trail offers opportunities for bird watchers and other naturalists as well.
The Westmoreland Heritage Trail runs along the Turtle Creek Branch of the former Penn Central rail corridor, which fell into disuse in 1972. The rail line was originally opened in 1852 by a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, led by George Westinghouse, Jr. to connect Saltsburg and Export. The line served to transport both passengers and freight between the many towns along its route.
Even on the hottest summer day you will find yourself enveloped in a lush deciduous canopy on this scenic trail. A portion of it runs along a small tributary that attracts various wildlife, and natural seeps can be seen in the limestone railroad cuts at various points. The trail has a distinct uphill grade virtually the entire 5-mile length from Saltsburg to Slickville, offering a fine opportunity for a quick downhill ride back to Saltsburg. At its eastern end in Saltsburg, the Westmoreland Heritage Trail connects to the West Penn Trail.
A 3.7-mile extension of the trail from Slickville to just north of Delmont opened in 2013. The new segment features a steep climb west of Slickville leading to a rapid descent to Beaver Run Reservoir. The trail skirts the edge of the reservoir before reentering a peaceful, densely-wooded landscape.
In fall of 2017, another 5.9 miles was opened between B-Y Park in Trafford and the Roberts Parcel trailhead in Murraysville. This part of the trail runs through the Turtle Creek watershed, on the old railbed of the Turtle Creek Industrial Railroad. In total, this rail corridor is 9.6 miles and when complete, will close the gap between Murrysville and Export.
The Westmoreland Heritage Trail currently ends at a trailhead on Athena Drive in Delmont, but the Regional Trail Corporation hopes to extend it all the way to Trafford for a 22-mile rail-trail experience and connections to other trails.
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