Along the Trail

From coal towns to trail towns: rebuilding Appalachia

The Allegheny Front dug into our impact along the trail towns— and the stories of the lives it changed. Like Rod Darby, who had a great idea, but hit a snag when banks “weren’t sure about this trail thing.” Guess what? We were. And that’s just 1 piece of a major movement along the Great Allegheny Passage. Check out the full … Continue reading

Introducing Trip Itineraries – First Up, Boston & McKeesport

Over the next few months, Trail Town Program® will be sharing some sample trip itineraries of things to see and do beyond the trail.  With spring in the air and cyclists preparing to hit the trail, our first itinerary will take us to the Great Allegheny Passage with stops to Boston and McKeesport. Located between miles 120 and 126 along … Continue reading

Make Your Bike Share Your Own!

Bike sharing programs have been growing in popularity as alternative transportation and have become very popular in major cities across the U.S. Bike share programs offered the community alternative, inexpensive, short distance transportation. Within the past year the City of Pittsburgh, PA has recently launched its bike share program, Healthy Ride, run by Pittsburgh Bike Share. This program has 50 … Continue reading

2015 Trail Surveys Show Growing Interest in Outdoor Recreation and Trail Amenities

In 2015, the Trail Town Program® conducted two surveys to collect data from trail users. The General Trail User Survey took a broad approach and looked at trail users across the country. Trail construction has been increasing across the United States. With millions of users utilizing these trails, they have the potential to generate significant economic impact in communities and … Continue reading

PA DCNR Grants Have Been Announced!

On January 28, 2016, DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn announced investment of $28 million for 176 projects across Pennsylvania. These project will focus on conserving our natural resources and help to revitalize local communities. Some of these exciting projects related to trail trails are as follows: Homestead Borough: Building a 1 mile connector trail from the Great Allegheny Passage to the … Continue reading