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Yough River Trail - Boston to Buena Vista

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The start of your tour of the Great Allegheny Passage. (8 miles)
Near:Mc Keesport, PA
Distance:7.48 miles
Elevation Gain:7 ft
Hike Time:3 hours
Trail Condition:Fire road/pavement
HikeType:Point to Point

Summary: This is the part of the Youghiogheny River Trail that I am most familiar with as it is usually my starting point for my bike rides, both long and short. It is almost completely flat and meticulously maintained. I particularly enjoy getting started early in the morning in what would be late winter or early spring. The bend at Dawson Hollow Run is a nice place to see the mist rising off the river.

There is also the picnic and camping area at the historic Dravo Cemetary. Any visitors to this area must either walk or bike a mile and a half,which keeps the place neat and clean. There are rest rooms, a water pump, a picnic pavilion and a grassy area to pitch your tents.

The large field next to Dravo is rumored to have been an encampment of Queen Alliquipa, a strong native american leader in the area and friend of George Washington.

Trailhead: The Boston trailhead is just off Route 48 at the south end of the Boston Bridge. Turn at the light onto W. Smithfield and then immediately right down to the parking lot. (lat: N40 18.675 lon: W79 49.652) The Boston trailhead has water, porta-johns and a seasonal snack and bike shop.

To get to the Buena Vista trailhead take Renzie Rd. South from the complex intersection in Boston. This becomes Buena Vista Rd. The trailhead has porta-john and picnic pavilions but no water fountains.(lat: 40 14.635 lon:79 47.854) (Lat:40.3113 Lon:-79.82765)

Trail Guides for Yough River Trail - Boston to Buena Vista:
The Great Allegheny Passage Companion
by Bill Metzger (The Local History Company)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Regional Trail Corporation 724-872-5586
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.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Jake on 6/27/2012
Boston to Buena Vista is the best all around segment of the river trail south of Pittsburgh. For a great family day bike outing, start at the Boston trailhead. This is a smooth, level and easy trail. Midway at the Dravo site there are restrooms and water. When you arrive near Buena the family can unwind with a walk through the wildflower filled trails at Zorianna Bay. Local legends suggest that this area was the location of one of Queen Alliquippa's summer camps. After a nice walk, take a lunch break in the nearby pavilion. Then do some fishing at the boat launch ramp. If you planned ahead you have a canoe waiting for you to take you back to Boston in leisurely style, while someone drives back the bikes.

Reviewed by Emily on 6/6/2012
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Reviewed by Bob on 2/24/2007
I love this part of the trail also. Very peaceful and quiet. The Scenery is absolutely beautiful. I look forward to many rides here.

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