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Pittsburgh, PA: Greene River Trail

A 10.3-mile out-and-back (or a 5.4-mile shuttle), this peaceful walk along the Monongahela River wanders through remnants of Pittsburgh’s industrial past and present.

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Pack a lunch for this 10.3-mile out-and-back outside Pittsburgh, or just stash a car in Crucible, PA to shorten this trip to a 5.4-mile shuttle. Starting from the Greene Cove Yacht Club in Millsboro, walk east along Ten Mile Creek until it meets the Monongahela River; there, the Greene River Trail heads south along the river banks past a rundown steel mill, coal barges, tall piles of slate, and clusters of white birch trees. Despite remnants of Pittsburgh’s industrial imprint, this trail wanders through an idyllic, natural setting, evoking a sense of calm that’s absent further north where the Monongahela meets the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers in downtown Pittsburgh. -Mapped by Mike Ciccone

To Trailhead

From Washington, PA, head east on US 40 for 14.9 miles and turn right onto Maiden St. in Beallsville. Go 0.9 mile and turn left onto Ridgewood Dr. Continue 3.6 miles and turn right on PA 88/Front St. In 2.7 miles, turn left for trailhead parking near the Greene Cove Yaught Club.

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