Summary: The McDonald Trestle over Noblestown Road is the centerpiece of the Montour Trail. Nearly 1000 feet in length and 70 feet high, it cost $470,000 to referbish with a smooth concrete deck.
At McDonald you can also connect to the Panhandle Trail which currently extends Northeast to Collier but will eventually cover the nearly 30 miles from there to Weirton, WV.
The trail ends abruptly just short of Venice where a bridge that once took the rail line over Rt. 50 is long gone. If you went this far, you'll have tu turn back about 4/10 of a mile to take a short on-road bypass to connect to the Cecil section of the trail.
Trailhead: To access the trail at the McDonald Trestle (N40 21.893 W80 14.892) either take US Route 22 west to Route 980, then south 5 miles to McDonald, then turn right on Noblestown Road. Or take I-79 south to Noblestown Road in Carnegie, then 9 miles west through McDonald. There is also access here to the Panhandle Trail.
To park at the Galati Rd Trailhead, Take I-79 to Route 50 west at Bridgeville. Follow route 50 about 7 miles to the 50/980 intersection in the town of Venice (near Mucks Lunch). At the intersection, go straight and stay on route 50 (going uphill, west, towards Hickory). Travel about 0.4 miles then turn right. Travel 0.4 miles on this road and then turn right onto Galati road. The trail access/parking area will be 50 yds ahead on the right and has a water fountain and porta-john.
Trail Guides for Montour Trail - McDonald to Venice:
Pennsylvanias Rail Trails (9th Edition)
by Tom Sexton & Patricia Tomes (Rails To Trails Conservancy)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Montour Trail Council 412-831-2030
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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