Summary: Typical rail-trail conversion with an even and level surface of crushed limestone.
Just north of the West Newton is a rebuilt replica of the rail station that once stood here and a combination rail car (combination of passenger and baggage) built in 1925. This will become the new headquarters of the Regional Trail Council.
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 Sutersville trailhead is accessable from the Irwin/North Huntingdon Turnpike Exit No. 67 via Rt. 30 West to Barns Lake Road. Turn left at the light onto Clay Pike to Rilton. Then turn right on Sutersville Road. The trailhead is just on the East side of the bridge across the Youghiogheny River. (lat: N40 14.467 lon: W79 48.355). There are porta-johns but no water. A Tastee-Freeze is open seasonally just up the street.
The West Newton trailhed is located on the West side of the bridge where Route 136 crosses the Youghiogheny River. (lat: N40 12.651 lon: W79 46.197) The office of the Regional Trail Council is located just up the street in the basement of the Rite Aid building. There are also porta-johns and Korber's Bike Shop.
Trail Guides for Yough River Trail - Sutersville to West Newton:
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.
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