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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 7.24-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. . The trail was extended 2 miles south to a 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.
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.
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