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McKeesport Bike & Walking Trails

 

McKeesport is a major trailhead on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) a 150 mile system of biking and hiking trails that will connect Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA when completed. In 2006, the southern end of the trail was completed, making the connection at Cumberland, MD to the C&O Canal towpath. This created a continuous trail experience, 320 miles long, from McKeesport to Washington, DC. In 2009, the trail was extended across the Riverton Bridge over the Monongehela River to Grant Avenue in Duquesne. The final few miles from Duquesne to Pittsburgh are still under construction. The Great Allegheny Passage is a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. This evolving network celebrates the heritage of the Potomac and upper Ohio River basins and offers opportunities for hiking, cycling, boating, horseback riding in certain areas and cross-country skiing.

 

McKeesport and Boston also share a 10K (6.2 mile) LooP trail marked on both sides of the Youghiogheny River between the Boston and 15th Street bridges. Connecting to the McKeesport Trailhead are the Steel Valley Trail that leads to the Montour Trail in Clairton and a scenic McKees Point Trail that offers a view of the junction of the Monongehela and Youghiogheny Rivers.

 

Most of these trails are paved asphalt bicycle/hiking paths or marked “Share the Road” routes and are open from dawn to dusk to the public for recreational use. The McKeesport Trailhead is opposite the McKees Café near the Marina on Water Street at 5th Avenue; it is lit at night and has 25 parking spaces plus benches and bicycle racks. The 10K LooP has another trailhead at Walnut Street and 28th Street. You can view a map of these trails at www.atatrail.org/tmi/map5.cfm or by clicking here. Roads leading to these trailheads are marked with blue “Bike Trail” signs. To view these signs, click here.

 

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