Greene River Trail

Pennsylvania

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Greene River Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Greene
Length: 5.2 miles
Trail end points: Greene Cove Yacht Club at PA 88 near Main St. (Millsboro) and Old Ferry Road and River Hill Road (Crucible)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017295
Trail activities: Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Greene River Trail Description

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, woodpeckers, and deer. The 5.1-mile crushed-stone path is named for the county, Greene, and not the river it runs alongside, the Monongahela.

The trail grew out of an idea to boost interest in the old coal company towns along the river and resuscitate their economies with tourism, while giving local residents a safe place to exercise. Greene County acquired the unused rail corridor on the west shore of the Monongahela from Conrail. Founded as the Monongahela Valley Railroad in the 1860s, the line was renamed the Pittsburgh, Virginia and Charleston Railway in 1870 and merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1905.

The first trail segment opened in East Millsboro in 2000, and the trail was completed through Crucible in 2008. Plans call for extending the route another 2.5 miles south to a proposed trailhead with parking in Cumberland Township near Jacobs Ferry Road and Stringtown Road. Eventually, the trail could go as far south as Nemacolin on SR 21 for a total distance of 13 miles.

The trail starts on the south shore of the South Fork of Tenmile Creek at the Greene Cove Yacht Club marina. The path makes a sharp right turn at 0.3 mile to enter the steep, wooded valley of the Monongahela River. You’ll be heading upriver, as The Mon flows north to Pittsburgh—the destination for frequent barge traffic in previous days.

As you travel along the base of a cliff overlooking the river, look for a welded sculpture of a hiker shortly before you reach Rices Landing trailhead at 2.8 miles. For a taste of the town’s industrial past, turn left at Carmichaels Street and head toward the waterfront. The W. A. Young and Sons Foundry, built in 1900, shows the ingenuity of the founders, who could run 25 pieces of machinery off a single motor using belts and pulleys. It’s open for tours on summer Sunday afternoons.

A major impediment to completing the final 2 miles to Crucible was the abandoned Crucible Mine, closed in 1961, located next to the trail. Mine shafts had to be sealed, dilapidated buildings razed, and waste coal piles reclaimed. The trail veers away from the river in the final mile, passing the former coal company town on the right. It ends at Old Ferry Road and River Hill Road.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the trailhead in Millsboro from I-70, take Exit 37A to merge onto SR 43 S. Go 5.4 miles, and join SR 88/SR 43. Go 1.5 miles, and take Exit 28 to stay on SR 88/Low Hill Road. Go 2.8 miles, and stay straight to go on SR 88/Front St. Go 3.5 miles, cross the bridge over the South Fork of Tenmile Creek, and then turn left into Greene Cove Yacht Club.

To reach the trailhead in Rices Landing, follow the directions above to SR 88/Front St. Go 6 miles, and turn left onto Millsboro Road. Go 0.9 mile, and turn left onto Rices Landing Road. Go 150 feet, and turn left onto Main St. Go 0.1 mile, and turn left into the trailhead parking lot. From here, the trail heads southeast 2.3 miles to the endpoint in Crucible.



Greene River Trail Reviews

I drove down from Washington PA while the girls shopped. Very nice trail with alot to look at. Really liked the view of the river.

Just got back from the trail. Its clean and great views. Unfortunately I ride a recumbent trike that does not fit between the yellow poles. Had to turn back only one mile in.

Beautifully maintained. No info at trail head which is why I am on this site.
Easy flat and beautiful. Nice walk, or a short bike ride. Any plans to extend soon? Would love it !

Accordion

My husband and I hiked the trail for the first time today...very nice peaceful trail...so glad they finally have something like this in Greene Co.

Walked it a few times and ride it a few. Not a whole lot of shade on a hot day. Does have great views of the Mon River. Awesome place to ride or walk without Going into the mountains or city. Never real congested in my experience.

This trail is quite short but great for any beginner who is ready to get on their bike and just ride for an hour.

My wife and I enjoyed riding the Greene River trial last week. The wooded section from Millsboro to Rices Landing is the nicest ride.

"Very relaxing , nice view of the Mon. River."

A very scenic trail thru the heart of coal country! Beautiful

I have lived in the area all my life and must say they did a great job making this trail. The scenic Monongahela River is a bonus.

"I rode this trail today. It was better than I expected. I parked at Pumpkin Run Park in the borough of Rice's Landing. There were restrooms available here, and I was able to change into my bicycling gear.

I rode the entire length of trail, and was very impressed with the quality of this trail. Everything was in good order, the grass was mowed, there were nice interpretive nature signs showing the various trees. I saw beautiful rock formations and several waterfalls. The river provided a nice view, and at some spots all I could hear were the birds and the river flowing without any other man-made noises.

I saw some wildlife including a turkey. There was a coal formation along the bank of the river, that was neat to walk on because it takes you right to the rivers edge. There were also some industrial ruins that were neat to look at. There were drink machines in at least 2 spots along the trail, in case you get thirsty.

After I rode about half way, I saw the reason why this trail is in such good repair; there were prisoners from the county jail doing work on the trail including grass cutting and other work. They do a very good job! At one end of the trail there is a marina, and the trail curves off of the old rr grade. If you stay on the rail line, you go through a grassy area where there is a bridge. It is fenced off, so you cannot cross it, but it provides a nice view. Also, the grassy area has a nice picnic area with a grill, and a neat stone foundation.

At the other (Rice's Landing) end of the trail, which is 3.5 miles long, the trail ends, and there is a turn-around. This end is also fenced off and you cannot go any further along the rr grade. The only bad thing about this trail is that I wished it was longer.

For a longer ride, you can go into the park at Pumpkin Run. You go through a tunnel that runs under the trail, and into a valley, where you can continue your ride. Also, in Rices Landing, there is an Ice cream Shoppe, but it was closed today. Perhaps it is seasonal.

The folks in Greene County who are in charge of this trail should be proud of themselves. It is a really nice trail.

Keep up the great work!!!"

There is an old bank building along the trial in the town of Rice's Landing. It has been converted into an ice cream parlor. This is a neat historic building that makes a nice stop for refreshments.

"This trail is great; however, everyone would like to see the distance better marked. During my family's daily walk someone always stops to ask: How do we know how far we have gone? Otherwise the trail is great, and I cannot wait to see it expanded."

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