What is the Great Allegheny Passage? We leverage the results to make Trail improvements that help draw in new people from all over. Panhandle crosses under Montour Trail here. The trail offers access to Panhandle Trail, which brushes by Settlers Cabin State Park, and the trails at South Park (South Park Connection to Montour Trail). Lighting was installed inside that tunnel — the Trail’s longest — in 2012. For the Montour Trail section of your ride, you can use our campsites. Then-MTC president Ned Williams reflected, “We always circle back to where we started — which is you, the hard workers and strong supporters who are MTC’s heart and soul. We leverage the results to make Trail improvements that help draw in new people from all over. Read about the MTC’s founding fathers. We leverage the results to make Trail improvements that help draw in new people from all over. It runs parallel to an active railroad line. Montour Trail is not public land, and MTC owns the right of way. Accessibility: The trail surface is partially paved/partially gravel, and typically at least eight feet wide. To ensure users health and safety, many events were cancelled or staged virtually. In 2019 and 2020, readers of Pittsburgh Magazine named the Montour Trail Best in the ‘Burgh in the hiking/biking category. Alternately, you can travel ahead to a hotel or bed & breakfast between McKeesport and Boston, which is about 10 miles from MP46, the southeast end of the Montour Trail, along streets that are shared with vehicles. Dotted with refurbished railroad truss bridges, replacement spans that are engineering marvels, and lengthy tunnels that eliminate steep grades, the Trail offers views of beautiful rural landscapes, wooded corridors, flora and fauna. See our policy on Trail events for details. The Montour Trail connects Pittsburgh International Airport to the GAP and the C&O Canal Towpath, a trail system that stretches 300+ miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. You can find some of this information on our website. The Montour Trail was honored as Pennsylvania’s 2017 Trail of the Year. The first public meeting to discuss creating a rail-trail was held in 1989. The GAP website has plenty of information about accommodations and more. More than 400,000 people use the Montour Trail each year. Call in advance to ask if they can transport your bike. Yough Shore Inn, McKeesport-Boston The all-volunteer Montour Trail Council (MTC) adds new sections each year as it works to complete the route. And see our interactive map for more support. At the Montour’s southeastern terminus in Clairton, you can take the Clairton Connector route (urban, on-road) about 5 miles to McKeesport, which links to the  the Great Allegheny Passage: Turn north at this junction and you can travel about 15 miles to downtown Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River; turn south to follow the Youghiougheny River to the Allegheny Mountains and beyond. 2019 marked the Council’s 30th anniversary, celebrating three decades of hiking, biking and recreation. Why haven’t I heard anything? Serious Ride Planning Check here for rules and guidelines. Yough Shore Inn, McKeesport-Boston The answer depends on event size and requirements/accommodations. The trail itself is a mix of cinder and paved path. OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free … If you’re out on the Trail and notice an offending sign, feel free to post it to the Facebook Enthusiasts group or contact the Trail office. Retail establishments are linked/listed here as a public service, not as an MTC endorsement of services. Another two-mile paved section runs through Clairton. John Butler House B&B, Boston The trail is paved. Retail establishments are linked/listed here as a public service, not as an MTC endorsement of services. In 2004, the Montour Trail was designated a National Recreational Trail, an honor bestowed on existing trails that connect people to local resources and improve quality of life. The Facebook Enthusiasts group is a good way to spread the word quickly, even though it is not an official MTC site, to let Friends group volunteers and other users know about hazards. Oak Noggin B&B, Jefferson Hills On the western side of the trail in McDonald, the Montour train links up with the Panhandle Trail. The first public meeting to discuss creating a rail-trail was held in 1989. Are there hotels near the Trail  that provide free airport shuttle service? These may have free shuttles for their guests, so you can start riding the Trail first thing the next morning. The answer depends on what you are interested in. Alternately, you can travel ahead to a hotel or bed & breakfast between McKeesport and Boston, which is about 10 miles from MP46, the southeast end of the Montour Trail, along streets that are shared with vehicles. Follow the signs and pavement markings through the lot to reach the trail. Comments focused on bicyclists’ passing and speed, pet-leash enforcement, and walking/running two-to-three abreast. Our prestigious award is really for ‘Trail Volunteers of the Year. The most convenient hotels are located around Trail MP 5.3 (along Cliff Mine Road). Join the Montour Trail Council to receive our newsletter and help build the Trail. Hunters are allowed only to use or cross the Trail to get to a legal hunting location on adjacent property, and weapons must be unloaded. We are an all-volunteer organization. The Montour Trail is a multi-use non-motorized recreational rail-trail near Pittsburgh, PA that will ultimately extend 47 miles from Coraopolis to Clairton. The trail itself is a mix of cinder and paved path. MTC completed and opened the connector between the Montour and Panhandle trails in 2007. '” To ensure users health and safety, many events were cancelled or staged virtually. In 2004, the Montour Trail was designated a National Recreational Trail, an honor bestowed on existing trails that connect people to local resources and improve quality of life. You'll also find some paved portions of the trail like in Peters Township (pictured below). 0.1: 0.1: When the Montour Road ends at the junction with Route 51, turn right. It is worth noting that the Montour Trail is not a loop, so you will have to turn around on the same path you came in on when returning to your car which may limit how far you decide to walk on this trail. If you are concerned about using the Trail during hunting season, wear bright-colored clothing and/or select a more-residential section for your outing. The scenic Montour Trail is a multi-use non-motorized recreational rail-trail near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and will ultimately traverse 46 miles from Moon Township near Coraopolis to Clairton. At the Montour’s southeastern terminus in Clairton, you can take the Clairton Connector route (urban, on-road) about 5 miles to McKeesport, which links to the  the Great Allegheny Passage: Turn north at this junction and you can travel about 15 miles to downtown Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River; turn south to follow the Youghiougheny River to the Allegheny Mountains and beyond. The latest survey listed questions about etiquette, and responses reinforced the idea that we can all make improvements in this area. Today, the MTC continues to complete the Trail as it gains new right of way or where replacement structures are required — at a cost of $12,000 in materials to resurface a mile of existing trail, as much as $2 million to renovate a viaduct. In 2004, the Montour Trail was designated a National Recreational Trail, an honor bestowed on existing trails that connect people to local resources and improve quality of life. The trail connects with Pittsburgh International Airport, the Panhandle Trail, and the Great Allegheny Passage that stretches over 330 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. You can access the Trail via 25+ trailheads, conveniently located every few miles. We’ll do our best to respond as quickly as we can, but we ask for your understanding if you catch us at a busy time. There can be unexpected gravelly spots, troughs and washouts. The main line extends ~47 miles; branch routes increase length to 60+ miles. Start by signing up for the Facebook Enthusiasts group to find out what other users are doing. How can I find out more about planning a trip on the GAP? There are no hotels in Clairton, Glassport or McKeesport, which are towns just beyond the Montour Trail’s southeastern terminus. Today, it is the MTC’s largest fundraising event. MTC completed and opened the connector between the Montour and Panhandle trails in 2007. MTC members at that time believed that it would take three years to complete the trail. There is a hotel right at the airport, and you can get on the MTC’s Airport Connector trail that starts in the airport parking lot, linking with the Montour Trail at MP 7.8 (Enlow) — eliminating the need for a shuttle. The Montour Trail is paved with crushed limestone while the Arrowhead trail is asphalt paved (great for rollerbladers) and is kept in excellent condition by the friends of each trail. On the western side of the trail in McDonald, the Montour train links up with the Panhandle Trail. The answer depends on what you are interested in. We’ll do our best to respond as quickly as we can, but we ask for your understanding if you catch us at a busy time. The rail-trail is paved with a relatively smooth surface of crushed limestone, which makes it ideal for all forms of non-motorized use: bicycling, walking, running, cross-country skiing, dog-walking and nature appreciation. See more about the MTC’s efforts to build the rail-trail Then-MTC president Ned Williams reflected, “We always circle back to where we started — which is you, the hard workers and strong supporters who are MTC’s heart and soul. The floor was paved with asphalt in 2008 and interior lighting was added in 2012. That same year, the Montour Trail was named a part of U.S. The parking area is a bit of a walk to the actual trail but winds nicely around Clairton City park. For access to GAP trail: Unfortunately, the trail … It built three bridges in the highly prized Cecil section and asphalt-paved the rough National Tunnel floor the following year. The Montour Trail received a Three Rivers Environmental Award in 1994 in the category of Community-Social Organization. In 1991, MTC purchased the Montour Railroad right-of-way. Just be aware that Facebook users aren’t necessarily in the know about MTC policies — but the group’s administrators are. In addition, the Trail hosts a number of campsites for through-travelers bicycling to the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and C&O Canal routes to Washington, DC. Activities. A half-mile of new mainline trail was installed in South Park Township, reducing on-road detours to under 5 miles. I’ve noticed side trails while walking along the Montour main line. You can review the latest survey results here. Today, the MTC continues to complete the Trail as it gains new right of way or where replacement structures are required — at a cost of $12,000 in materials to resurface a mile of existing trail, as much as $2 million to renovate a viaduct. Read more...The Montour Trail connects in McDonald (MP 17.3) to the Panhandle Trail that stretches 29 miles between Carnegie, Pennsylvania, and Weirton, West Virginia. There is a hotel right at the airport, and you can get on the MTC’s Airport Connector trail that starts in the airport parking lot, linking with the Montour Trail at MP 7.8 (Enlow) — eliminating the need for a shuttle. What is the best/easiest/nicest/most popular place to get on the Trail? How can I find out more about planning a trip on the GAP? MTC representatives will have it removed. The Montour Trail runs just over 60-miles from Moon Township to Clairton and features a mix of paved and limestone paths that covers a varied path that includes a mix of bridges, former rail tunnels, and more. The main line extends between those two towns, and branch trails extend into Bethel Park and Westland. Follow this trail over the bridge, through a big coal pile area, past the sewage treatment facility, across Rt. Comments focused on bicyclists’ passing and speed, pet-leash enforcement, and walking/running two-to-three abreast. On average it takes 2 hours9 minutes to complete this trail. Montour Trail in Clairton Print Share Directions. At some parking areas and trailheads, local Friends groups maintain information kiosks or bulletin boards that may welcome community event and lost pet notices. The first of many MTC volunteer “trail-blazing” work sessions was held in 1992 to clear out brush, trash, and railroad ties. Inside the airport, baggage claim hosts an area where bicyclists can disassemble/reassemble their bikes pre-/post-flight. The Montour Railroad, founded in 1877, served 27 mines in the region and carried 7 million tons of coal annually. A half-mile of new mainline trail was installed in South Park Township, reducing on-road detours to under 5 miles. Oak Noggin B&B, Jefferson Hills Why haven’t I heard anything? A core group of 15 people attended, and some  are still active volunteers with MTC. You can take the Pittsburgh light rail system (commonly called “T” for “transit”) from downtown (or any station in the South Hills) to the end of the blue line and get on the Montour Trail; the closest access is 0.7 mile east off Brownsville Road, a bit inconvenient for walkers but okay for cyclists. In 2019 and 2020, readers of Pittsburgh Magazine named the Montour Trail Best in the ‘Burgh in the hiking/biking category. There seem to be very few options listed for the eastern half of the Montour Trail. In Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous trail experience, 320 miles long, to Washington, DC. At the 8.62 miles (13.87 km) mark near McDonald, a one-mile connector links the Panhandle to the larger Montour trail. Do you want shade or sun? Then find a Friends group or volunteer. Depending on how far you're going, it does get a bit remote, so bring plenty of water and some snacks. There are lots of ways! A portion of the Trail within Peters Township is called the Arrowhead Trail, owned and maintained by that township. There seem to be very few options listed for the eastern half of the Montour Trail. The Westland branch runs parallel to an active railroad line. To protect and enhance the Trail’s “viewscape,” MTC policy prohibits anyone from carrying/displaying/affixing any type of outside signage — including political banners and advertising. See more about the MTC’s efforts to build the rail-trail A pleasant mostly paved multi-use railtrail (currently a total of 46 miles long but connects to other trails as well) with tunnels and bridges and some moderate hills. '” There seem to be very few options listed for the eastern half of the Montour Trail. Welcome to OpenStreetMap! Those answering the phone or emails generally have full-time jobs and do not have back-ups for when they are on vacation, out of town, ill, or just plain swamped with other commitments. The relatively flat half-loop stretches from Coraopolis (along the Ohio River) to Clairton (on the Monongahela River). Just be aware that Facebook users aren’t necessarily in the know about MTC policies — but the group’s administrators are. That said, there are a number of places to eat nearby the Trail (a short walk or ride off the pathway), but only a few actually on the Trail. See rules. Branch trails extend into Bethel Park, Westland, and the Pittsburgh International Airport. Baltimore, Maryland 290 contributions 70 helpful votes Walk the Montour Trail This trail used to be a railway bed and is paved and goes miles and miles through the woods, bypassing homes and businesses. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law. From almost anywhere in Pittsburgh, it’s a short drive to the Montour Trail. The converted railway bed is steeped in history: It began life as the coal-carrying Montour Railroad (MTR) in the late 1800s. It's a lovely way to cycle, walk or skate. Many people use the Facebook Enthusiasts group to report (and learn about) unusual or hazardous conditions. Is it okay to explore them? The relatively flat trail is covered with crushed limestone, while much of the trail in Washington county is paved. It built three bridges in the highly prized Cecil section and asphalt-paved the rough National Tunnel floor the following year. 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