Summary: 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.
Trailhead: From Route 22 at New Alexandria, turn north on Rt 981. At the junction with Rt.286, turn right across the bridge into Saltsburg. If you turn right at the end of the bridge there is a small parking area across from the Citgo.For the better parking area, travel up to the stop sign and turn right onto Salt Rd. At the end of Salt Rd. there is a playground and parking area. There is a water fountain and small pavillion there but no portajohns.
Rest rooms are located further west across from the Saltsburg River & Trail.
There is no parking at the Avonmre end of this section, only a locked fence near the bridge. (Lat:40.48139 Lon:-79.44722)
Trail Guides for West Penn Trail-Avonmore to Saltsburg:
Pennsylvanias Rail Trails (9th Edition)
by Tom Sexton & Patricia Tomes (Rails To Trails Conservancy)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Kiski Basin Initiative 814.467.0836
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