A Trail for Everyone, No Matter Their Abilities
The Montour Trail is a shared-use resource, where all users should respect others’ right to be there. In keeping with MTC’s mission statement, we encourage people with varying physical abilities to enjoy the recreational opportunities that the Trail provides. The mobility-impaired policy incorporates criteria set up by the Department of Justice regarding use of trails by persons with disabilities:
- Wheelchairs as defined by DOJ regulations are always allowed, whether powered or manual.
- Other powered mobility devices are allowed if they are:
- Less than 36 inches wide
- Restricted to traveling less than 15 mph under their own power on a level surface
- Electronic (e-bikes), which are pedal devices with an electric-assist motor that must meet certain conditions:
- Power rating less than 750 watts
- Weight under 100 pounds
- Top speed 15 mph
Motorized devices are not permitted on the Montour Trail, except for official maintenance, e-bikes,and police and emergency vehicles.
Since most of the Trail’s surface is hard-packed crushed limestone — which is not always perfectly smooth — the best location for wheelchair use is the Peters Township paved section called Arrowhead Trail. The Trail here is asphalt surface from Route 19 near Valley Brook Road on the west end through Peterswood Park and past the Montour Trail/Bethel Park junction to Brush Run Road. There are a number of handicapped-parking access areas on that 4-mile section:
Valley Brook Road & US Route 19 Mile 30.4 40° 17.518′ N, 80° 6.402′ W
Valley Brook Road & Maplewod Drive Mile 31.0 40° 17.147′ N, 80° 5.959′ W
Bebout Road Handicap-Only Area Mile 32.9 40° 16.738′ N, 80° 4.168′ W
Peterswood Park Pavilion 4 Mile 32.9 40° 16.397′ N, 80° 04.002′ W
Peterswood Park Softball Complex Mile 33.4 40° 28.3702′ N, 80° 06.162′ ‘W
Brush Run Road, Bethel Branch Mile B-2.8 40° 17.560′ N, 80° 3.520′ W Note: There is a steep hill on the Trail here, just south of the parking area.