Yough River Trail

West Newton, Pennsylvania

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The Yough River Trail is part of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail trail connecting Pittsburgh with Cumberland, Maryland, though a connection to the C&O Canal path will let you go 316 miles and all the way to Washington, D.C. This particular section of trail follows the path of what was a Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad line. It’s a perfectly flat walk over crushed stone. June 10, 1901, was a day of tragedy for those connected to Port Royal Mine No. 2. On that day at that mine in West Newton, an underground explosion large enough to shock even miners numbed to constant danger occurred. The disaster attracted national attention for claiming the lives of more than twenty miners and would-be rescuers, according to newspapers covering the incident at the time. Today, a monument to those lost souls exists along the Yough River Trail, a rail trail that covers 43 miles in its northern section. To hike this 6-mile portion, start at the Arthur H. King II access in West Newton and turn right, or upstream, to head south along the trail.

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"The Yough River Trail is part of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail trail connecting Pittsburgh with Cumberland, Maryland, though a connection to the C&O Canal path will let you go 316 miles and all the way to Washington, D.C. This particular section of trail follows the path of what was a Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad line. It’s a perfectly flat walk over crushed stone.

June 10, 1901, was a day of tragedy for those connected to Port Royal Mine No. 2. On that day at that mine in West Newton, an underground explosion large enough to shock even miners numbed to constant danger occurred. The disaster attracted national attention for claiming the lives of more than twenty miners and would-be rescuers, according to newspapers covering the incident at the time.

Today, a monument to those lost souls exists along the Yough River Trail, a rail trail that covers 43 miles in its northern section. To hike this 6-mile portion, start at the Arthur H. King II access in West Newton and turn right, or upstream, to head south along the trail."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing, Trail Running
Nearby City: West Newton
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Donora
Driving Directions: Directions to Yough River Trail

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May 2018