We’ve been working to complete the Montour Trail since 1989, and every year, we get closer. There are still three on-road sections in the southern portion of the trail.
If you’d like to help us achieve our final goal of an unbroken trail, here are some ways you can help.
Mile 36.8 40° 17.377′ N, 80° 0.517′ W
A bypass of 1.1 miles
Eastbound: At Pleasant Street turn right (south) and follow Pleasant Street to Brownsville Road. Turn left onto Brownsville Road and follow Brownsville Road to Stewart Road. Turn left (north) onto Stewart Road, cross the stone bridge and turn right immediately into the Stewart Road Trail-head. Note that there is a map board and map box with paper detour maps at Pleasant Street and there are black & white plastic direction signs to mark the turns onto Brownsville and Stewart Roads.
Westbound: At the Stewart Road Trail-head and parking area turn left (south) onto Stewart Road, cross the stone bridge and go uphill a short distance to Brownsville Road. Turn right (west) onto Brownsville Road and travel on Brownsville Road to Pleasant Street. Turn right (north) onto Pleasant Street and follow Pleasant Street past High Street (on right) to the trail on the left just past High Street. Note that there is a map board and a map box with paper detour maps at the Stewart Road Trail-head and there are black and white plastic trail direction signs to mark the turns onto Brownsville Road and Pleasant Street.
Mile 39.1 West: 40° 16.39.3′ N 79° 58′34.5″W
A 0.8-mile bypass.
Eastbound: At the west Triphammer trailhead (MP38.1) proceed up ramp and turn left onto Triphammer Road. Proceed on Triphammer Road 280 feet and turn right onto the east Triphammer Ramp. The trail continues 0.75 mile to an asphalt paved ramp with a sharp left turn and comes to a junction with Piney Fork Road at approximately 0.80 mile (MP39.1). A map sign with a box of maps is available for navigating the road detour. Turn right onto Piney Fork Road and proceed 0.79 mile (Be careful entering the tunnel approximately 0.5 mile after turning onto Piney Fork Road. The tunnel is narrow and has a blind curve at the east end.) to the intersection with Snowden Road. Cross the intersection and you will see the trail right of way on the right side of the road (Piney Fork Road).
Westbound: Cross the intersection of Snowden and Piney Fork Roads and proceed straight ahead on Piney Fork Road. Go 0.2 mile to the tunnel. Be careful entering the tunnel as there is a blind turn on the near end, the road is only one lane wide, and cars aren’t looking for bikers. Proceed approximately 0.59 mile past the tunnel on Piney Fork Road just past the road bridge over Piney Fork Creek and turn left onto the Montour Trail ramp at MP39.0. Follow the trail 0.80 mile to the top of the west Triphammer Ramp and turn left (south) onto Triphammer Road. Take Triphammer Road 280 feet to the trail entrance on the right at MP38.2. Take the east Triphammer Ramp downhill to the trailhead, proceed across the bridge over Piney Fork Creek and continue on the trail.
Mile 44 40° 17.574′ N, 79° 54.675′ W
In this section the MTC does not own trail right-of-way, requiring this 3.4 mile on-road section.
Eastbound: Cross Gill Hall and continue on Peter’s Creek Road for 2.5 miles to Cherry Street. Cherry becomes First Street. Follow First Street 0.1 mile, turn right onto Oak Road (marked as Maple), continue 0.5 mile on Oak (past the foundation of the recently demolished Large Hotel on the curve) to PA Rt. 51. Cross Rt. 51 at the light and walk your bike across the grassy strip on the east side of the road in front of the funeral home. Stay on the grassy strip on the east (left!) side of the road. Do not go onto Rt. 51 because it is a four-lane road with heavy traffic and no shoulders. Go past the brick buildings and the sign marked Jefferson Technology Center and turn left onto Peters Creek Road (before Piney Fork Creek). Follow this road past the Park and Ride lot (under Route 43). The trail starts at the extreme back end of the lot near the “No Outlet” sign next to the creek.
Westbound: The trail terminates into the Park and Ride lot under Rt. 43. Proceed on Peters Creek Road through the lot 0.3 miles then turn right into parking lot for Jefferson Technology Center adjacent to Rt. 51. (Do not leave the parking lot for Rt. 51 because it is a four-lane road with heavy traffic and no shoulders, and is not safe for biking.) At the end of the parking lot stay on the grassy strip on the east (right) side of the road. Cross Rt. 51 at the traffic light for Old Clairton Road and nce across, immediately turn left onto Oak Road Go past the foundation of the recently demolished Large Hotel on your right and follow Oak for a total of 0.5 miles. Turn left on First Street and go 0.1 mile; then turn left again after a 90-degree bend in the road. Follow public paved road (Peters Creek Road) for 2.5 miles to Gill Hall Road (Montour Trail signs posted along the road). The trail continues straight ahead on its own right of way on the left side of Piney Fork Rd.