Links to Partners in Recreation


Indiana County Parks and Trails - owns and operates the Ghost Town Trail, the Hoodlebug Trail. A regional trail guide can also be found at this site which shows plans for eventually connecting the West Penn and Hoodlebug trails through Blairsville.

Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority - Includes information about the Path of the Flood Trail and Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail in Johnstown PA.

The Great Allegheny Passage - is  a 150-mile system of biking and hiking trails connecting Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA.  A jewel in the crown of PA’s regional trail system.
Regional Trail Corporation - Information about the 5-Star Trail, the Westmoreland Heritage Trail, the Youghiogheny River Trail and more.

Roaring Run Watershed Association - near Apollo, Pennsylvania.  Includes both Rattling Run and Roaring Run Waterfalls, huge boulders and tree-covered hills. RRWA presently owns about 652 acres of land which is open to the public all year round and includes the Roaring Run Rail Trail and miles and miles of mountain biking trials. 

Butler Freeport Community Trail  - located in western Pennsylvania in southeastern Butler County. It parallels State Route 356 from the borough of Freeport, Armstrong County North West to the city of Butler. The completed 16 mile section has a smooth compacted crushed limestone base suitable for road bikes and passes through the towns of Laneville, Monroe, Sarver, Marwood, Great Belt and Herman.

Baker Trail - a 141-mile (226 kilometer) hiking and backpacking trail north of Pittsburgh PA, following forest paths, old jeep trails and dirt roads through woods, farmlands, along rivers and creeks.

Laurel Ridge Hiking Trail - a 70-mile, continuous footpath stretching atop the Laurel Ridge.  It winds from Ohiopyle, PA to Rt. 56, between Seward and Johnstown, PA.  The trail affords some great views of the twisting Youghigheny River, from high above Ohiopyle State Park, to the beautiful Conemaugh Valley, near Johnstown, PA. 

Armstrong Trail  - the Allegheny Valley Land Trust is developing this 52-mile trail along the Allegheny River in Armstrong County. The Butler to Freeport Community Trail runs northwest from the Allegheny River at Freeport.

Water Based Recreation Information

Benscreek Canoe and Kayak Club

PA Fish and Boat Commission Water Trail guides

PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers

The Stonycreek

Saltsburg, Pennsylvania

Regional Outdoor Recreation Information

Venture Outdoors - dedicated to making the outdoor recreation community a vibrant centerpiece of this region.

American Whitewater - conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and enhance opportunities to enjoy them safetly.

Laurel Highlands Landscape Initiative - is increasing recreational opportunities and linking the area's beautiful landscapes with communities.

Laurel Highlands Off Road Bicycling Association - dedicated to promoting the sport of Mountain Biking in the Laurel Highlands region of western Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Cycling - cycling information for the Pittsburgh area.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) - maintains comprehensive coverage of rail-trails in the state.

National Rails to Trails Conservancy - supports conversion of railroad grades to trails nationwide. They have a field office in Pennsylvania.


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