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Less than an hour from Pittsburgh, the Little Crabtree Creek travels for just over a mile in Unity Township, east of Greensburg. This first phase of the trail opened in July 2014; a future phase will extend the trail another 1.4 miles north to the community of Crabtree.
From the parking lot of Westmoreland County’s Twin Lakes Park, the trail travels out of the park and begins to follow the former right-of-way of the Pennsylvania Railroad's Alexandria Branch. Because it’s a rail-trail, the gradient is very gentle, making for an easy trip.
The trail offers a beautiful, shady, and quiet experience. The surface for the majority of the trail is limestone dust; near road crossings and in Twin Lakes Park, the trail surface is paved with asphalt. Additional recreational opportunities can be found in the park, including fishing, boating, and picnicking.
The trail begins in Twin Lakes Park (219 Twin Lakes Road, Latrobe). From US 30 at the Westmoreland Mall, turn north at the mall traffic light onto Sheraton Drive. After 0.1 miles, turn right onto Donohoe Road. On Donohoe Road, continue 2 miles to Twin Lakes Road. Turn left onto Twin Lakes Road and travel to the park entrance located 0.7 miles from Donohoe Road. Turn left into the park and travel 0.1 miles down into the lower lake's parking lot. Restroom facilities are at your left. The asphalt trail begins from the parking lot and travels away from the lake.
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