Summary: What was once the vast Homestead Steel works has been reborn as The
Waterfront, a huge collection of retail, corporate offices, restaurants and
luxury townhouses. The Waterfront Trail a crushed limestone surface that runs along the southern shore of the Monongahela River. Gas lights illuminate the trail after dark and you will go by numerous restaurant patios and townhouse back porches. There is plenty of pedestrian traffic along this section of the trail.
Utilizing seldom trafficked concrete sidewalks at either end, you can extend the trail to 2.5 miles total. Were it not for Sandcastle Water Park's resistance to having a bike trail go by their property, it would be a short connection west to the South Side section of the Three Rivers Heritage trail and then into Pittsburgh. Work is under way to connect various segments southeast to McKeesport and the Great Allegheny Passage.
Trailhead: From US 376 take the Squirrel Hill Exit just to the east (downtown) side of the Squirrel Hill Tunnel. Follow Beechwood Bvd. to the top of the hill and then down Browns Hill Road on the other side. After crossing the Homestead High Level Bridge, turn left at the light onto Rt 837/E. 8th Ave. and then make the next left onto Amity St.
As this is a retail mega-plaza, there are literally thousands of places to park but if you turn left onto Waterfront Dr. at the Eat n Park and then right into a circular area with a steel transfer car as an ornimental display, there are bike racks, a public water fountain and access to the trail.
Trail Guides for Steel Valley Trail - The Waterfront:
Pennsylvanias Rail Trails (9th Edition)
by Tom Sexton & Patricia Tomes (Rails To Trails Conservancy)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Steel Valley Trail Council firstname.lastname@example.org
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Geiselman, who has posted 96 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by BP on 9/22/2006
I love this trail. I run from my home in West Homestead to the trail and back up the trail to my home which gives me a total of six miles. A few walkers during lunch time, and scattered runners here and there, and very few dog walkers. I love to mountain bike on it also. Very serene and peaceful. If you do this trail, ensure that you have other hiking, running, or biking ideas to extend your milage. There are oversized benches along the way and photo/history points. At certain times of the day you can own the trail and be the only one on it. Love it.
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