FAQs

General

I lost/found something along the Trail.  What can I do?

We don’t have a formal lost/found repository, but you can check for things in two locations:

  • Put a notice on our Facebook group page to contact a lot of Trail users really fast.
  • Call the Trail office to leave a description and contact information.

There’s a leaning/downed tree on the Trail … a washout … a dangerous beehive … a fence that needs to be fixed … a lost dog … Who do I notify about it?

  • The Facebook page is a good way to spread the word quickly to let Friends group volunteers and other users know about hazards. And since we all “own” the pathway, if it is something small that you can take care of on your own, we encourage you to do so. Just be safe.
  • For concerns that are less immediate, call the Trail office or send an email.
  • Of course, if it’s an emergency, call 911 and give the dispatcher the nearest mile number.

Are horses permitted on the Montour Trail?

Horses are permitted on the shoulders of the Trail in Cecil between Morganza Road and the crossing of Route 980 and Route 50. Equestrians are requested to clean up after their horses and walk them through the tunnel. Check here for rules and guidelines.

 I want to plan a group event on the trail. Is there anything I need to do?

See our policy on Trail events.

 

Getting Involved

How can I get involved with the Trail?

There are lots of ways! Start by signing up for our Facebook group to find out what’s going on. Join the Montour Trail Council to receive our newsletter and help build the Trail. Then find a Friends group or volunteer.

I sent a request for information a week ago. Why haven’t I heard anything?

We are an all-volunteer organization. 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. 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. Sometimes you can get a faster response to some types of questions from the Facebook group.

 

Serious Ride Planning

What is the Great Allegheny Passage?

The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, Maryland, and Pittsburgh. It connects to the Montour Trail system in Clairton, a town southeast of Pittsburgh. In Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous trail experience, 320 miles long, to Washington, DC.

How can I find out more about planning a trip on the GAP?

The GAP website has plenty of information about accommodations and more. For the Montour Trail section of your ride, you can use our campsites. And see our interactive map for more support.

Are there any other lodging opportunities not listed on the GAP web site? There seem to be very few options listed for the eastern half of the Montour Trail.

There are no hotels in Clairton, Glassport or McKeesport, which are towns just beyond the Montour Trail’s southeastern terminus. Your only options along the route are in Jefferson Hills: a nice-but-pricey bed & breakfast or a motel on Route 51 that involves riding 2 miles north of the Trail on fairly busy four-lane Route 51 that has no shoulders (which we do not recommend you do). 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. Retail establishments are linked/listed here as a public service, not as an MTC endorsement of services.

I am flying in to Pittsburgh with my bicycle to ride the Montour. Are there hotels near the Trail  that provide free airport shuttle service?

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.

There is also a hotel near Coraopolis a few miles from the Trail terminus and a number of hotels in Robinson Township about 10 miles southeast of the airport. These may have free shuttles for their guests, so you can start riding the Trail first thing the next morning. The most convenient hotels are located around Trail MP 5.3 (along Cliff Mine Road). Call in advance to ask if they can transport your bike. Retail establishments are linked/listed here as a public service, not as an MTC endorsement of services.

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