Welcome to the Steel Valley Trail Council’s Web Site


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

Pump House restrooms closed for the season.

Thank you for Supporting the Raptor Row Ride on April 29th. See you next year on the last Saturday in April. April 28, 2018.

Construction Alert #2

PGH Burger/Waterfront Bike Rental building to be burned as a training exercise for local firefighters. 

Sometime in the Nov 30 – Dec 2 timeframe the old Pgh Burger restaurant/current Bike Rental building will be burned in a controlled blaze as a training exercise for the local fire department. During this time the trail will be detoured and there maybe intermittent short term closures. We ask that you cooperate with the flagman and other personal controlling traffic.

Demolition and removal of the remains will then take place, which will have equipment working in the parking lot and truck traffic crossing the trail. At this time it is unknown when this will take place.

Bike rental will remain in the waterfront, at least though next season, but it may move to a new location.