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Spring 1997
Spring 1997

The Yough River Trail

Still Goin & Growin'

Named by "Travel and Leisure Magazine" as one of the best 19 trails in the world - and its not only beautiful its also free!!

Over 230,000 people currently live within 5 miles and over 2.1 million live within 90 minutes of the trail!! (Advertisers Take Note)

In 1991, the non-profit Regional Trail Corporation was formed to acquire, develop and manage the north section of the Yough River Trail (McKeesport to Connellsville), a major link in a system of trails from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh.

The Youghiogheny River Trail provides healthy recreation for the whole family. The gentle grades and even surface, seperation from motorized traffic and the inherently scenic character of the Youghiogheny River Trail, offer people of all ages and levels of phsyical ability a magnificent setting in which they can safely walk, job, cross-country ski, bicylce, or horseback ride. As of this year, over 25 miles have been completed and are being heavily used. The anticipated date for completion of the entire trail is 1998. The link with the southern section from Confluence through Ohiopyle to Connellsville has already been completed. The proposed link with the Steel Heritage Trail from Pittsburgh to McKeesport is scheduled for late 1999. The National Park service estimates that with completion, over 500,000 visitors per year will be drawn to the Trail. This tourist trade translates into many new jobs and millions of new dollars each year to local businesses. Surveys indicate that food, lodging and related businesses that serve will benefit.

In addition, the RTC is committed to creating a Greenway that conserves the natural resources, which remedies contaminated sites, and encourages environmentally-friendly economic growth. Fish are once again in abundance on the Yough and River Otter have been introduced to the river. By protecting this corridor we secure a natural resource that will benefit generations to come.

Join the volunteer trail group nearest you by calling Bob McKinley at RTC headquarters 724-872-5586.

 
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