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Sample Day Trips Walkers
Forts and Sports-Pittsburgh's Point and Allegheny Shore 4.0-mile loop on brick, stone and concrete
Walkway East: Eliza Furnace-Grant Street to Greenfield 5.30-mile round-trip on asphalt
Straddlin' Structures:Park Manor to Beaver Grade 3 miles Round Trip

Sample Day Trips Bicyclists
Scenic River Route: Ohiopyle to Confluence 22 mile round trip
Viaduct with a View: Meyersdale to the Salisbury Viaduct 3 mile round trip
Old Towns and New Prairie: Sutersville to Dravo Cemetery 9 mile round trip

Sample Multi-Day Trips Bicyclists
A sweet, scenic overnight: Connellsville to Confluence and back Two days, 28 miles per day
Introduction to bicycle camping: Boston to Adelaide and return Two days, 36 miles per day
The M & M - Meyersdale to McKeesport

The Through Trip-Washington, DC & Pittsburgh
Washington, DC & Pittsburgh
Sample Day Trips Walkers
Forts and Sports-Pittsburgh's Point and Allegheny Shore 4.0-mile loop on brick, stone and concrete

Select this walk to visit the fort at the Point, to mingle with the people headed for a ball game, to get great views of downtown Pittsburgh from across the river, or to hang out at the fountains or the sculpture park. This walk on a mostly-sunny trail surfaced in brick, stone and concrete loops along both sides of the Allegheny River. It is part of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. It is handicap accessible throughout. If using steps instead of ramps the mileage will be less. Begin at Point State Park. Check out the fort and fountain, then cross the Ft Duquesne Bridge on the pedestrian walkway enjoying the views up and down the river. At the end, go west (with the river on your left) along the esplanade to the entrance to Heinz Field. Go up the stairs to the field -- you could cross the street to the Carnegie Science Center and UPMC Sports Works. Even if you don't go inside, admire the submarine USS Requin. Return the way you came passing the Ft Duquesne bridge stairs. Instead of crossing the river here, stay alongside the river. Between the two stadiums is a broad Esplanade; you will pass the Vietnam Veterans' Monument, a pedestrian pier, water steps, and the Korean Veterans' Memorial. Continue past PNC Park under the 6th St Bridge. Here you will find a path leading up to street level to PNC Park and restaurants. Return the same way and continue past a colorful sculpture garden to Alcoa, a curvy aluminum building. Take the steps or ramp up to the 7th St Bridge; cross the bridge then descend the walkway to river level. Return to Point Park along this side of the river.
Sample Day Trips Walkers
Walkway East: Eliza Furnace-Grant Street to Greenfield
5.30-mile round-trip on asphalt

Select this walk in mild to cool weather for its great views up and down the Monongahela River and its uninterrupted 2.6-mile run of smooth asphalt, a favorite of inline skaters, families with kids on bikes and those using wheelchairs. This trail, aka "Jail Trail, is probably the most highly utilized trail in the Three Rivers Heritage Trail System it connects downtown and Oakland paralleling the Monongahela River and I-376 without the distraction of grade-level street crossings.

The trail begins behind the new PNC Firstside Center at Grant and First Avenue. Start on PNC's sidewalk, head toward the river and behind the building. Users will pass between the First Avenue Garage and Golden Triangle Bike Rental, where skates and bikes are hired. Move from well-landscaped city structures past the jail and away from the city. Ignore the traffic noise as you pass under bridges between highways and around overpasses decorated in urban art where at rush hour you'll enjoy going faster than the traffic. Interruptive signs along the way fill you in on landmarks and city heritage. You'll get great views of the growing Pittsburgh Technology Center and up the Monongahela River where the trail opens up to bright sunshine free from the inner-city caverns. When you get to the parking lot at the Hazelwood end, turn around and enjoy the views of downtown on your return trip. For a final treat, continue on the trail to Grant St. Go around the end of the PNC Firstside building to the front and see if the fountain is running, it's one of the most intriguing fountains in town.
Sample Day Trips Walkers
Straddlin' Structures:Park Manor to Beaver Grade
3 miles Round Trip

Take your pick! If you like little bridges, check out the section between Park Manor and Beaver Grade. At the intersection of Montour Run Road and Park Manor, look for the Gazebo and parking on the left. The Beaver Grade Trailhead has parking and restroom facilities. Walk east toward Beaver Grade. This shaded woodsy section follows Montour Run crossing several small bridges along the way. A picnic pavilion at mile marker 4 provides is a good place to rest or the Gazebo at Park Manor. It is a good idea to pack a lunch and beverage, as there are no trailside vendors. A water fountain is available in season at Park Manor.
Sample Day Trips Bicyclists
Scenic River Route: Ohiopyle to Confluence
22 mile round trip

Meander 11 gently curving miles among the wildflowers and trees along the Youghiogheny River from Ohiopyle to Confluence and enjoy the scenery of fishermen, rafters, and kayakers. Between watching the rafters battle the rapids, stopping to take in the rock formations and rich plant life, and splashing feet in the river, this section makes for a colorful and dynamic and very popular trip. This section was completed in the mid-80s and its popularity spurred development of the entire system. Bike rentals and lots of great eating opportunities are available in both towns from late spring to early fall. You may consider turning this into a Pedal-Paddle trip. Rent bikes from an outfitter in Ohiopyle and then pedal 9 miles up to Ramcat. Meet your outfitter there to exchange bike for boat and then paddle back in a canoe or a duckie (inflatable kayak).
Sample Day Trips Bicyclists
Viaduct with a View: Meyersdale to the Salisbury Viaduct
3 mile round trip

Starting at the train station in Meyersdale, ride north/west to the Salisbury Viaduct for a panoramic view on the trail! From the viaduct, you can see the highways, hillsides, live railroads, and the famous Somerset County windmills. The Salisbury Viaduct, 1908 feet long, dominates the valley. The 101-foot-high steel trestle was a key engineering achievement for the Western Maryland Railway's Connellsville Extension. Hundreds of spectators cheered when the first train crossed in 1912. Abandoned for railroad use in the early 1980s, it was decked for trail use in the spring of 1999. Sweeping views of the B&O railroad (now CSX) can be enjoyed from the viaduct.
Sample Day Trips Bicyclists
Old Towns and New Prairie: Sutersville to Dravo Cemetery
9 mile round trip

This is a pleasant ride in a populated area. It runs through former coal country. From the access area, cross the road to the other side. This is the first of many road crossing and the busiest, so use caution. The remaining crossings will be on small access roads through Blythedale, Industry and Buena Vista. These towns, known as coal patches or company towns, are similar with small homes set close together on the banks of the river. More evidence of coal mining history is found at 1.5 mile; as a large red waterfall of acid mine drainage cascades down the hillside. A church, Bell Chapel, is trailside as you enter Buena Vista where pavilion and river access await you.

Beyond these small towns the trail opens up and has the feel of a prairie with broad flat areas between the trail and river. Dravo Cemetery (4.6-mile) was once part of a churchyard. The church was destroyed by fire, but the cemetery remains. Grave stones bear the names of early settlers, nine Civil War veterans and one War of 1812 veteran. Majestic, gnarled maple trees border a path leading to a primitive campground and river view.
Sample Multi-Day Trips Bicyclists
A sweet, scenic overnight: Connellsville to Confluence and back
Two days, 28 miles per day

Park at the Connellsville trailhead and load lunch and your change of clothes on your bikes. Ride southward. Eat lunch at the Yough River overlook. Have ice cream at Ohiopyle (17 miles). Continue to Confluence (11 miles). Spend the night at any one of the several B & Bs or pack camping equipment and camp at the Corps of Engineers Campground. Return the next day by retracing your steps.
Sample Multi-Day Trips Bicyclists
Introduction to bicycle camping: Boston to Adelaide and return
Two days, 36 miles per day Park at the Boston trailhead and load your camping gear on your bikes. Ride southward. Pack a picnic lunch or eat in West Newton (14 miles). Camp at Rivers Edge Campground beside the trail in Adelaide (12 miles). Return to Boston the next day.
Sample Multi-Day Trips Bicyclists
The M & M - Meyersdale to McKeesport
103 Continuous Miles Inside Lodgings Get shuttled to Meyersdale-consider spending the night in Meyersdale at the Meyersdale Hostel or other lodgings. Get a good start the next morning and head to Confluence (33 miles). Have lunch there and ride on to Ohiopyle (11 miles) for the night, there are several B&Bs near the trail. The next day, ride through the Yough Gorge and to Boston or McKeesport. Lunch at Adelaide or Layton.
The Thru-Trip: Washington, DC & Pittsburgh
Washington, DC & Pittsburgh

Roy Weil and Mary Shaw have made the trip in both directions often. Their planning guide has been added to TrailBook, which can be purchased in our Trail Store.

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