Three Rivers Water Trail

The 75-mile Three Rivers Water Trail extends from Oakmont downstream on Allegheny R, from McKeesport down to Fort Point SP, and from there on the Ohio to Sewickley.

photo: Launching the fleet. Photo by Mary Shaw. Type: Water Trail
Length: 75.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Along the Three Rivers in the Pittsburgh area, navigation from Oakmont downstream on Allegheny River, from McKeesport down to Fort Point State Park, and from there on the Ohio to Sewickley. Numerous boat launches and access points.

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Allegheny
Latitude: 40.44301   Longitude: -80.01576

The trail extends to Sewickley on the Ohio, Harrison on the Allegheny, and Elizabeth on the Monongahela, and is easily accessed from the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Numerous boat launches and access points.

Description

The trail is promoted and maintained in part by Friends of the Riverfront (FOR). The mission of the FOR is to increase awareness and engagement with the region's rivers and riverfronts through activities and stewardship, and to extend the water and land trails on the major rivers within Allegheny County.


The Three Rivers Water Trail is part of the statewide water trail system, connecting to the Youghiogheny River Trail and the Kiski-Conemaugh River Water Trail. Conservation of the Three Rivers Water Trail is extended through the Trail Monitor Program, the Three Rivers Conservation Plan (PEC), and the Riverfronts Naturally Program.


Management of the trail falls largely to the municipalities. Friends of the Riverfront serves as a secondary steward, utilizing volunteer labor through a License and Maintenance agreement. This agreement allows FOR to promote the Three Rivers Water Trail as a singular entity, to maintain the various site furniture, river access points and a system of direction. Recent surveys indicate diverse use of the trail for recreation and commuting purposes.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Water, moving
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Concrete

Average Grade: %
Elevation Low Point: 726
Elevation High Point: 735
Year Designated: 2010

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Featured NRT web page from American Trails

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Thomas Baxter
Executive Director
Friends of the Riverfront,
33 Terminal Way
Pittsburgh , PA 11
(412) 488-0212
thomas@friendsoftheriverfront.org
http://www.friendsoftheriverfront.org/files/water_trail.html

 

Photos

Launching the fleet. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Launching the fleet. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Station Square. Photo by Thomas Baxter.

Station Square. Photo by Thomas Baxter.

 

South Side Park. Photo by Thomas Baxter.

South Side Park. Photo by Thomas Baxter.

Verona. Photo by Thomas Baxter.

Verona. Photo by Thomas Baxter.

 

Lawrenceville. Photo by Thomas Baxter.

Lawrenceville. Photo by Thomas Baxter.

 Photo by Thomas Baxter.

Photo by Thomas Baxter.

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