Event Notice – Raptor Row Ride – April 29

Photo by Annette DeVinney
On April 29 the Steel Valley Trail Council with the support of the Three Rivers Birding Club is sponsoring a bicycle ride on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail (GAP Trail) to celebrate the success of the raptors that nested on the trail in 2016.
The ride will include a visit to:

  • the osprey nest just past Kennywood
  •  the Hays bald eagle nest.
  • the great horned owl nest (which is inactive this year)
  • two red tail hawk nests
  • a rescued live owl from the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center

Experienced Three River Bird Club members will be at the various raptor nest sites and most sites will have scopes available for close up viewing of the nest sites and any raptors that might be present.

All proceeds from the ride help the Steel Valley Trail maintain this section of the Great Allegheny Passage. Click here for more information and online registration. Online registration ends April 27.

Want to help promote the ride? Click here for the printable flyer.

The Steel Valley Trail Council manages a section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), which offers 152 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, Md. and Pittsburgh, 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, along side Sandcastle and under the Glenwood bridge to connect to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail System which ends the GAP 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, at the Pump House at the Waterfront and between TGI Fridays and Unos 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.

For more information of the sites and history along the trail,  check out the  Points of Interest page