Summary: Smithton Beach, on the river near the parking lot, is noted locally for it's fine fishing. It's also a local swimming spot but I am told currents can be swift and a few fatalities make the recommendation to stay ashore.
Whitsett is a National Historic District, a classic coal patch town.
This section of trail features two sets of mile markers. The original P&LE markers measuring rail miles to Pittsburgh and the new plastic Great Allegheny Passage merkers for trail miles to Cumberland.
Trailhead: The Smithton trailhead is accessed just south of the I-70 exit onto Route 51. Turn left onto Rt. 981 and the parking lot is list on the East side of the bridge across the Youghiogheny River. (lat: N40 9.446 lon: W79 44.789). There is a porta-john available.
The Whitset trailhead is accessed off of Rt. 51 by turning East on Whitsett Hill Rd. South of Wickhaven. (lat: N40 6.440 lon: W79 45.349)
Trail Guides for Yough River Trail - Smithton to Whitsett:
The Great Allegheny Passage Companion
by Bill Metzger (The Local History Company)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
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.
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Reviewed by Mrs. Bee on 3/1/2008
My husband and I hike this part of the trail every other day, we enjoy it very much. We hike the bike trail in the winter, not too many people out. Thw trail is a great way to beat the winter blues.
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