Alerts & Events
Snow Steppin’ in the News
The Washington Observer-Reporter highlighted how area outdoor enthusiasts pass the winter by using the Montour Trail.
This pleasant 5K out-and-back run, all on the Montour Trail, begins 800 feet north of the Trail’s J. R. Taylor Memorial Bridge over Clifton Road in Bethel Park, near Washington Elementary School and Al's Cafe. It offers chipped timing, t-shirts, medals, and door prizes - and Bethel Bakery cookies! The fundraising event supports the Montour Trail in Bethel Park. Montour Trail, Bethel Park Branch Registration: $30.00 Race Fee + $4.10 sign-up Fee increases to $35.00 after […]
Tour the Montour is an out-and-back ride on the Montour Trail of varying lengths, ranging from a metric century to a family fun ride.
Winter weather warning
Montour Trail volunteers do not perform snow and ice removal during winter months, since this practice can damage the limestone trail surface. Policy states that winter Trail users may encounter slick surfaces and, consequently, should exercise caution, especially on bridges, in tunnels, and at low-lying areas.
Walk + Run + Bike + Camp
Four seasons of beauty
Light at the end of the tunnel
Refurbished railroad bridges
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.
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.
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.