West Penn Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Saltsburg, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 324 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

city walk

historic site

Rail trail west from Saltsburg needs a lot of work (5 miles). The mile of trail through Saltsburg is fine surface trail and freatured a number of interpretive signs about live in this important canal an rail town when the salt wells drove the economy. North Park, featuring the location of Lock #8 of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal is on the National Register of Historic Places. North of the bridge over Blacklegs creek, however, the trail is undeveloped. Puddles, ruts, ditches and the like are for the next mile. After that, the trail runs along abandoned rail and so isn't too bad. Then, after the Avonmore Rail Loading Yard, it's is a paved private road. While this section of trail is in some of its earliest stages, long term hopes are to connect to the Roaring Run Trail and then beyond all the way to the Allegheny River 20 miles downstream. For now, though, this needs a lot of work.

hiking
2 months ago

easy level asphalt trail along dam and river

road biking
3 months ago

haven't rode this in quite some time. When we did we had difficulty finding a start point. Trail was quite interesting and offer some different challenges as you neared the Conemaugh Dam area

mountain biking
8 months ago

Nice trail. I'll be back.

horseback riding
9 months ago

Very well maintained trail, pea gravel and hard packed dirt. Would recommend for walking or biking. Would not recommend for horseback riding. It is a very boring flat ride with very little to see. Longest 10 miles I have ever ridden.

Thu Sep 13 2018

if you want a really good workout, ride this Trail. better plan on a full day to do it from end to end

mountain biking
Wed Jul 18 2018

Nice trail to bike on. Make sure you do on a weekend so you have enough time to enjoy it. A little hilly near Slickville, but all in all a nice trail.

hiking
Sat Sep 02 2017

Excellent trail. So many offshoots to explore. Easy hike or run or bike. Great scenery and peace and quiet. I only saw 2 people in a few hours here

hiking
Sun Jul 09 2017

This is a rail trail that gets a little steeper after mile 5. The difficulty of the whole trip is in the length, not the inclines. The trail is bikeable all the way so for someone on foot it's easy if you're fit.

mountain biking
Mon Jun 12 2017

Well, what everyone says is true. the first 4.5 miles are easy, but once you get to the 5th mile it gets difficult due to the hills you have to climb. However, still very fun and a very nice trail!!

mountain biking
Mon Oct 10 2016

OMG Too much work. Part of this trail is very easy and part i difficult.

mountain biking
Mon Oct 10 2016

Never worked this hard on a rail trail. There is a lot of vertical. Some of it is the gentle slope you are expecting and some is a leg burner. It goes over a hill that will provide a serious climb.

Mon Sep 05 2016

very clean, easy to follow, and absolutely beautiful

mountain biking
Mon May 30 2016

This is a nice ride. Plenty of parking at the trail head. This trail extends with some serious climbing and is much more difficult.

running
Sat Aug 16 2014

Visiting this trail as day 2 exploring rails to trails while visiting from San Diego. Picked up West Penn Trail at Saltsburg Park and ran five miles to Tunnelton Road and back. Smooth graded rail trail. I'd call it flat, maybe a 1% grade that you will barely notice. There is a 200ft vertical climb 4-5% grade(?) after the tunnel near mile 4 from my start location, it was short enough not to be much trouble. Lots of great scenery for this desert dweller. Trail parallels the river, rope swing, tunnel, lots of deer. I am loving the rails-to-trails as some of the best running trails I've experienced. Tomorrow will be day 3 and heading East from Tunnelton, I expect to hit the hills that others talk about. Yesterday I ran from Slickville (819) to Saltsburg along the Westmoreland Heritage trail. It was very similar to this stretch of the West Penn Trail.

walking
Sun Jun 29 2014

large portion of the trail is just flat and paved old railroad bed and rather boring. Would be great for children's cycling. Climb over the tunnel provided a little challenge to the outing. At summit great views of the snaking river and dam.

mountain biking
Sun Jun 16 2013

Great rails to trails. It is 17 miles long from Avonmore to Saltsburg to Blairsville. I couldn't find access in Avonmore so I started in Saltsburg. The trail is fairly flat and easy until you get towards the conemaugh dam then there is 5 miles of steep hills. It is a great challenge with some nice views as a reward.

Thu Jun 13 2013

5/25/2009 - kayaking/canoeing- first time I did this stretch of the Conemaugh with my friend Cindy for her birthday and my husband Cliff. We dumped our canoe early in this trip. It was freezing, May but sunny and we managed. On of our 1st water trips. We've done this trip many times since with brother/sister-in-law. They live right at the start of this on the river. A nice trip, fairly short about 2-3 hours depending on water conditions and how big of a hurry you are in. Lots of big rocks to pull over and take a break, have a snack, bottle of wine, or swim from. Great trip for a family, it's calm but the water is deep enough (mostly shallow) to keep you moving but nothing dangerous. It's nice and clean, unpopulated but a canoe rental not too far away so not remote. Nice relaxing jaunt. I'd recommend.

hiking
Wed Sep 05 2012

This trail is NOT difficult as described. It is basically flat the entire 6 miles. It's nice for running/bicycling but is not a HIKING trail.

mountain biking
Sun Aug 21 2011

Great trail!! I really don't care about the sights but if you want a good workout then this is your trail. Great hills to climb throughout, the trail will challenge any mountain biker and if it doesn't then your not pushing yourself!

hiking
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road biking
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mountain biking
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