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Topic of the Week: Annual Membership Meeting

Fred Zelt, avid geologist and outdoorsman, presents this year’s keynote speech, “The Best of 5 Million Pedal Pushes.”

Calling All Members
Join us for MTC’s Annual Meeting and dinner on Sunday evening, November 7, at the Airport Marriott in Coraopolis. The line-up includes great food, the MTC’s year in review, a riveting keynote, raffle prizes, member awards, and more. To reserve a spot, we must receive your request by October 30.
But what’s most important is that you take this opportunity to vote for the next round of MTC board members for the 2022-2024 term. You can find background information on the nominees here. And send in your ballot!

No Surprise Here
Montour Trail has been named the region’s Best Hiking Trail in 2021 by Pittsburgh City Paper‘s annual Best of Pittsburgh survey. Competition in this readers’ poll was fierce, with over 610,000 votes cast. Apparently, Montour Trail users know quality when they see it. Read about it here.
Tour the Turnpike
A number of local walkers and bikers took advantage of the Pa. Turnpike’s Community Day and enjoyed a stretch of the Southern Beltway before it was opened to vehicular traffic. Check out this video one Montour Trail Council member produced.

 

Image: James Campbell

The Montour Trail stretches 60+ miles around Pittsburgh — the longest suburban rail-trail in the U.S. The railbed’s bridges and tunnels played an important role in the region’s coal-mining history.

Walk. Run. Bike. Camp.

If you live near Pittsburgh, one of the the nation’s outstanding rail-trails is right in your back yard!

The Montour Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized recreational pathway around Pittsburgh, the country’s longest suburban rail-trail. The main line extends ~47 miles; branch routes increase length to 60+ miles. The relatively flat half-loop stretches from Coraopolis (along the Ohio River) to Clairton  (on the Monongahela River). A northwest branch connects directly to Pittsburgh International Airport.

Scenic beauty

Restored bridges

Historic tunnels

4-season access

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trail is easy to get to by car, as there are access areas and trailheads every few miles along the route. Pittsburgh’s rapid transit system runs near some of these, and it is bike friendly. The Trail is ADA accessible as well.

Montour Named to PA Top-Ten Trails List
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, January 2021

How GAP Transformed a Region
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, May 2020

Montour Greenway Expansion 
Tribune-Review, November 2019

Montour Trail Named Best in the ‘Burgh
Pittsburgh Magazine, July 2020

Great American Rail-Trail Coming
Post-Gazette, May 2019

30 Years Championing Outdoors
Tribune-Review, March 2019

The Montour connects to other rails-to-trails in western Pennsylvania and beyond: the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the C&O Canal Towpath, a completed trail system that stretches 300+ miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.; the Panhandle Trail — a converted railroad line that stretches from Weirton, West Virginia, to Carnegie. And this local resource is part of U.S. Bicycle Route 50, which runs east-west and, when completed, will span the country.

Currently, 46 miles of the Montour Trail are continuous with several short gaps in the southeast section.

 

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