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Trail Description

The Waterfront
Photo by Paul Wiegman

Whitaker Flyover
Photo by Paul Wiegman

Coke Gas Pipeline
Photo by Rich Cohen



The Steel Valley Trail Council manages a section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP),  which offers 135 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, Md. and Munhall, Pa.  In Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous trail experience, 320 miles long, to Washington, DC. Our section of trail connects in McKeesport, travels through McKeesport, Duquesne, Whitaker and enters Homestead at the Waterfront in Munhall.  As of June 15, 2013, our trail now extends past the Waterfront and along side Sandcastle to connect to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail System and the end of the Passage at Point State Park.  There is a road based connector to the Montour Trail in Clairton.  The Montour Trail provides a connection to the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Trail heads are located at McKees Point in McKeesport, the Park & Ride lot at Library Street in Duquesne and at the Pump House at the Waterfront.

The trail traverses lands once dominated by the steel Industry. The US Steel Homestead Works sat on what is now the Waterfront, a shopping and entertainment area, and is the site where the infamous Battle of Homestead took place. The Duquesne Works and National Tube Works which are now industrial parks  are also traversed by the trail.  A section of the trail between Duquesne and the Waterfront follows the location of US Steel's Coke Gas pipeline which once distributed coke gas from the coke plant in Clairton to their other mills in the Mon Valley.

The Steel Valley Trail is a member of The Regional Trail Corporation which owns portions of the GAP in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.


For more information of the sites and history along the trail, click the following link. <Points of Interest>