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. The Friends are officially responsible for local sections of the trail; in addition, there is one group 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.

Image of a tree blocking the Trail

Montour Trail Friends groups spring into action when nature gets in the way. Regular patrols and Facebook page notifications help to alert users and volunteers alike when there is an issue.

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

Montour Trail Friends Groups

Airport

Airport Area Friends (MP 0.0 — 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, 15108. New volunteers are always welcome. Contact Phyllis McChesney at 412-264-6303 for more information.

Image of Friends group volunteers

Friends group volunteers pose on a bridge they help to keep in excellent shape.

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

Fort Cherry

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

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at the McDonald Trail Station next to the Panhandle Trail, 160 S. McDonald Street, McDonald, 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.

Westland

Westland Friends of the Trail (Westland Branch MP W-0.0 — W-4.1)

Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 11:00 AM at Panera Restaurant in Bridgeville, located on Route 50. Work and cleanup parties are scheduled as needed; Friends meet at the Galati Trailhead on Southview Road. For more  information, contact Doug Ettinger at 412-302-1993 or dougettinger@verizon.net.

Cecil

Cecil Friends of the Trail (MP 20.728.5)

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). 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 Township

Peters Friends of the Trail (MP 28.530.5 and 33.7 — 34.9) and Bethel Branch (MP B-2.1 — B-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 details about the Friends group in general, contact Mark Imgrund at PetersFriends@montourtrail.org. You can also connect with the Peters Friends through Peters Township Friends Facebook.

For more information on work parties, contact Jim Robbins at 724-941-6132 or PetersFriends@montourtrail.org.

Peters Township Arrowhead

Peters Township’s Arrowhead Trail (MP 30.5 — 33.7) and Bethel Branch (MP B-2.8B-3.3)

Peters Township purchased an abandoned rail right-of-way and established the Arrowhead Trail before the Montour Trail got started. The Montour connects to the Arrowhead at three places. In general, if it’s asphalt, it’s the Arrowhead Trail; if it’s crushed limestone, it’s the Montour Trail. Peters Township funded and arranged for the early 1900s-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  iframe.publicstuff.com/#?client_id=1475.

Bethel Park

Bethel Friends of the Trail (MP 34.9 — 35.3) and Bethel Branch (MP B-0.0 — B-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

South Hills Friends of the Trail (MP 35.3 — 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 SouthHillsFriends@montourtrail.org, or Paul McKeown at 412-835-6692 or SouthHillsFriends@montourtrail.org.

Railroad History

Montour Railroad Historical Society

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

Contact mrhs@montourrr.com, or call Bryan Seip at 724-263-4667.

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