Friends Groups

Most of the day-to-day maintenance of the trail is performed by one of six local Friends-of-the-Trail groups plus one municipality. Each group meets monthly, and schedules frequent work parties on the trail. There are six Friends groups responsible for local sections of the trail and one dedicated to researching and preserving the history of the Montour Railroad. Our Friends groups also need help in staffing their own fundraisers for local maintenance.

Information on Friends groups and meetings is listed below.  Also see our event calendar for specific meeting dates

Our Friends Groups

Airport Area Friends (MP 0.0 to 12.6 and the 6.3 mile Airport Connector)

The Airport Area Friends of the Trail meets every second Wednesday at 7:00 PM, at the Forest Grove Fire Hall, 2044 Ewings Mill Road, Robinson Township, PA 15108. New volunteers are always welcome.

Contact Phyllis McChesney at 412-264-6303 for more information.

Numerous Saturday work parties are held during the season. Call 412-262-3748 to lend a hand at the work parties.

Fort Cherry Friends of the Trail (MP 12.3 to 20.7)

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at the McDonald Trail Station, 160 S. McDonald Street, next to the Panhandle Trail, at 6:30 PM. Work parties are scheduled as needed. For more information, contact Deb Esia at 724-350-5565 or Chuck Hughey at 724-926-9436.

Cecil Friends of the Trail (MP 20.7 to 28.5)

Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM. From May to August, meetings are held at the Cecil Henderson Road (Kurnick) access area; otherwise, the group meets at the trail office (304 Hickman Street, Bridgeville, PA). Call 412-257-2553 for more information.

Work and clean-up parties are every third Saturday of the month at 9:00 AM, subject to change, meeting at the storage shed at Hendersonville. Watch the Facebook group for announcements, or call 412-496-4308 for more information.

Peters Friends of the Trail (MP 28.5 to 30.5, and 33.7 to 34.9), as well as Bethel Branch (MP 2.1 to 2.8)

Meetings are the first non-holiday Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. The group typically meets in the Peters Township Community & Recreation Center but occasionally selects other venues. To check on location, for information on meetings, or the Friends group in general, contact Mark Imgrund at You can also connect with the Peters Friends through Peters Township Friends Facebook.

Work and clean-up parties are held on the first Wednesday and the third Saturday of each month, and otherwise as needed. For more information on work parties, contact Jim Robbins at 724-941-6132 or

Peters Township’s Arrowhead Trail (MP 30.5 to 33.7), and Bethel Branch (MP 2.8 to 3.3)

Peters Township purchased an abandoned rail right-of-way and established the Arrowhead Trail before the Montour Trail got started. The Montour Trail connects to Arrowhead trail at three places. In general, if it’s asphalt, it’s Arrowhead Trail, if it’s crushed limestone it’s The Montour Trail. Peters Township funded and arranged for the early 1900’s-era rail bridges to be replaced by modern trail bridges over McMurray, Bebout and Sugarcamp roads.

Peters Township maintains the Trail using Public Works department staff and accepts maintenance requests via the PT4me smartphone app or

Bethel Friends of the Trail (MP 34.9 to 35.3) and Bethel Branch(MP 0.0-2.1)

Meetings are held every first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM at the Bethel Park Municipal Building Caucus Room located immediately behind council chambers. Anyone interested in the Bethel Park Trail segment is encouraged to come. Contact Peter Kohnke at 724-518-9251 for more information.

Work and clean-up parties are held every second and fourth Saturday of each month at 8:30 AM. Call Bob O’Connell at 412-833-6259 for location and information.

South Hills Friends of the Trail (MP 35.3 to 46.3)

Meetings are the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the South Park Township Community Room or the Township Library, both located at the Township Building at 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park.

Work and trail clean-up parties are scheduled and advertised as needed. All volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact Dave Oyler at 412-831-9288 or, or Paul McKeown at 412-835-6692 or

Montour Railroad Historical Society

The MRHS aims to research, preserve and teach the history of the Montour Railroad.

Work parties are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Contact or call Bryan Seip at 724-263-4667.


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