The expansion of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail throughout the Pittsburgh region is a top priority for Friends of the Riverfront and our partners including Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. The Trail now encompasses over 25 miles along both banks of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers and continues to grow.
Community Trails Initiative
The Community Trails Initiative is a public/private multi-municipal project to complete a trail feasibility study encompassing 17 municipalities (City of Pittsburgh, Millvale, Shaler, Etna, Sharpsburg, Aspinwall, Fox Chapel, O’Hara Township, Blawnox, Harmar, Cheswick, Springdale, Springdale Township, Frazer, Tarentum, Brackenridge and Harrison) along the North Shore of the Allegheny River for the purpose of connecting the existing Three Rivers Heritage Trail with the Armstrong Trail. This connection is an important part of the Allegheny County Riverfronts Project, the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail Alliance and also the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway.
Etna Riverfront Park and Trail
Friends of the Riverfront has successfully completed purchasing several key parcels within the Borough of Etna along the Allegheny Riverfront and has transferred the property to the Borough of Etna. The environmental review of the property is complete. Discussions of developing the area into a section of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and a riverfront park have advanced significantly both through public meetings and stakeholder meetings. Stakeholders in the process have begun to secure funding for construction of the development plan that was created as a result of the public process. A design rendering of the Park and Trail can be found here.
Aspinwall Riverfront Park to O’Hara Trail Segment
Aspinwall Riverfront Park, Friends of the Riverfront, and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) have announced plans to expand the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along a mile of riverfront from Aspinwall Riverfront Park to O’Hara Township. The one mile segment of trail will run along the river from Aspinwall, through PWSA, and then it will cross UPMC’s property at its Lighthouse Pointe retirement community and continue through O’Hara’s Chapel Harbor development.
Mon Wharf Landing
The Mon Wharf Switchback Ramp will connect cyclists using the Smithfield Street Bridge, Eliza Furnace “Jail Trail” and Great Allegheny Passage safely and smoothly down to the Mon Wharf Landing, a linear park along the Monongahela River. The ramp will be ADA accessible and fully lit at night.p>
Ohio Riverfront Montour Connection
The trail system currently ends on the banks of the Ohio River adjacent to Station Square. Expansion of the Three Rivers Heritage trail will provide a connection from the City of Pittsburgh to Allegheny County’s Sports Legacy Project in Coraopolis. The continuation of the trail system will also connect to the Montour Trail and provides a dedicated non-motorized connection through the South Hills and access to the Pittsburgh International Airport. Development of a trail along the Ohio River will also create numerous community connections and offer opportunities for alternative transportation to and from work, school and other destinations. This multi-municipal effort encompasses the City of Pittsburgh, McKees Rocks, Stowe, Kennedy, Neville, Robinson and Coraopolis including several local community groups.
Preliminary engineering design connecting Duck Hollow through the Carrie Furnace site to Braddock is available by clicking below by section:
The Hazelwood Trail Segment
The Hazelwood Trail Segment is currently closed due to construction of the Almono site. The former LTV Steel property is located just east of the Hot Metal Street Bridge. Many groups have had had a hand in development of the trail and the site including Friends of the Riverfront, RIDC who are managers of the ALMONO Site, the City of Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority, Hazelwood Initiative, Rothschild Doyno, and the Inland Group. More information about the development of the site can be found here. As updates of construction and development of the reopening of the trail take place we will be sure to provide updates.
Carnegie Science Center Development Plan
Carnegie Science Center unveils details for future development. The expansion, to be built eastward along the Ohio River, will create a world-class destination for public exploration in science and technology and will include new classrooms, exhibit spaces, and special event space. See our Trail Alert section for detours during construction.
An emerging mega-trail effort to establish a continuous trail from the Erie Bay front to Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. This initiative is being led by the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance (EPTA), an alliance of non-profit organizations, municipalities, and other organizations actively involved in the acquisition, development and maintenance of non-motorized trails and safe, well-marked bicycle and pedestrian routes in Western Pennsylvania. Friends of the Riverfront and our partners Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council are actively working on the portion of this alignment within Allegheny County along the Allegheny Riverfront.
The Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway
The Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway™ is a 320-mile corridor that follows the historic path of the Main Line Canal System. It intends to serve as a physical connector that improves opportunities for public access, linkage to important destinations, and economic development. It is not a single, long-distance trail for unimpeded travel.
Great Allegheny Passage
The Great Allegheny Passage is a 152-mile system of biking and hiking trails that connects Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA. The connection to the C & O Towpath in Cumberland, MD was made in 2006, creating a continuous, non-motorized corridor, 335 miles long, from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. Portions of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail including the South Side and Eliza Furnace segments, and the Hot Metal Bridge are all part of the Great Allegheny Passage before reaching the final destination at the fountain in Point State Park.
The trail has been open since June 15, 2013 and many users have made the trip from Pittsburgh to Washington DC.