Yough River Trail: McKeesport to Boston

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West Mifflin Park

Yough River Trail: McKeesport to Boston is a 24.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near McKeesport, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 24.1 miles Elevation Gain: 793 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking



partially paved


Unremarkable urban connector to points south. (4 miles) There is very little to recommend the trail through McKeesport except that it is the northern terminus of the Yough River Trail. From town to the 15th Street Bridge, the trail surface is soft and sandy so that when it gets wet, bike tires leave deep ruts. It seems almost an afterthought, cutting through empty lots and up disused driveways. Only after crossing the river approaching the Durabond Bypass does the trail surface become the even, crushed limestone typical of the rest of the trail into Maryland. From the 15th St. Bridge to Eden Park there is a 1.5 mile spur that is paved. Through-bikers on their way south would do well to start their trek at Boston.

6 months ago

Fairly easy ride. Nothing remarkable. Nicer scenery once you’re out of McKeesport.

road biking
Mon Jul 24 2017

Went only 8 miles, but even after rain trail was fairly dry for road biking. Many road bikers going East from Boston trail head. Really enjoyed trail. More trash receptacles would be nice.

mountain biking
Sat Feb 25 2017

Great overnight camping trip with my oldest son and his friend from West Milton to Ohio Pyle on Yough River in '99. It was a little bit of an obstacle course for us back at this time -- but the entire trail was quite an adventure.

road biking
Mon Feb 06 2017

Bypass the "unremarkable urban connector " above by not crossing the 15th Street Bridge. Instead take the River Road into/from Mckeesport . Karl Laurin

Sat Jul 30 2016

Maybe it's different to ride a bike, but the area in McKeesport is hardly a trail, more like a paved sidewalk through a rough, noisy part of town. Won't be back.

Wed Jun 08 2016

great trail

mountain biking
Tue Jun 07 2016

great bike trail

road biking
Tue Apr 19 2016

Biked Yough river trail with my son Bobby and one of his friends back in 2000 from McKeesport to Ohiopyle. A memorable/wonderful experience; nice first day, quite a bit of rain day 2.

Wed May 18 2011

Good trail, nicely maintained... Not a great area of town... Beginning of the trail goes through shady neighborhoods... Upside is it is very quiet, and you don't have to battle many other hikers/bikers... Ok once, doubt I would return... Better trails elsewhere...

road biking
9 months ago

Sun Feb 05 2017

recorded yough river

Thu Jul 04 2013