OHIO RIVER TRAIL COUNCIL

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Tour the Montour – Moon Township, PA

6, 12, 24, 44, or 62-Mile Trail Bike Ride

Come out for a ride! This is part of a trail ride series sponsored by the Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) intended to bring awareness to the wonderful trails in our quad-state region (Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia). All cyclists are welcome for this rails-to-trails, moderate-paced ride.

The Ohio River Trail Council is pleased to support the Montour Trail Council Event. Choose one of five great rides 5, 15, 24, 44, or 62-mile trail bike ride on the Montour Trail. Helmets Required. Event held rain or shine.

SAG Support will be available for mechanical or physical problems. Trail marshals will also be patrolling the course for safety. Bike services will be provided at the start. This service is for emergency repairs only. Both you and your bike should be in good shape. Turnaround points will be marked along the course with light refreshments.

Trailhead

Mile 0 of the Montour Trail, 70 Montour Coketown, Moon Township, PA 15108

GPS: 40.503715, -80.144873

Registration

Online Registration for Tour the Montour: www.bikereg.com/38559
 
The 16th annual Tour the Montour continues the tradition as one of western Pennsylvania’s finest fall rides. For all cyclists – men, women and children – the event includes rides of 6, 15, 24, 44 and 62 miles on the beautiful, traffic-free Montour Trail. The ride has become well known for its sumptuous lunch as well as its unique T-shirts. (T-shirts are guaranteed only for riders who pre-register by September 2, 2108.)
 
Entry Fees
$35 for individuals 18 and over
 
$15 for those aged 12 to 17
 
Free for children under 12

 

Features and Points of Interest

The Montour Railroad was built in 1877 and eventually linked the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad with over 30 area coal mines. Forming a semi-circle around the western and southern sections of the city of Pittsburgh, the Montour also connected with other railroads, including the Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh and West Virginia, the Baltimore and Ohio, and the Union.

The Montour Trail is a multi-use recreational rail-trail that will ultimately extend 46 miles from Moon Township near Coraopolis to Clairton. When completed, the Montour Trail will connect the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers, crossing numerous highways and creeks on a variety of bridges, including one almost 1,000 feet long, and three tunnels. The trail links to the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), a trail system that stretches over 330 miles from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.

The proposed Ohio River Trail beginning at Coraopolis links the Montour Trail to the 110-mile Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway in Ohio forming approximately a 500-mile contiguous mega-trail system from the Great Lakes Region to our nation’s capitol!

Social

Lunch and refreshments will be available either at at Brothers Grimm at Mile 3 of the Trail (Old Beaver Grade Road) or the Forest Grove Sportsman Rod and Gun Club located on the trail near mile marker 1.5.  Lunch will be served from 10:30am-2pm.  Due to VERY limited auto parking at the club, riders are encouraged to bike to/from lunch.  Check the event website for the latest details.

Map

Online Map: https://montourtrail.org/plan-a-visit/map/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather

The event will take place rain or shine.  No refunds due to weather.

Directions

From the South, take the Coraopolis/McKees Rocks exit (Exit 64) from I-79 north. At the end of the off ramp turn left on to Route 51 north; travel about 0.3 miles. Immediately after crossing the bridge look for parking volunteers.
 
From the North, take I-79 South to the Neville Island exit (Exit 65). At the end of the off ramp turn left, which will put you on Grand Avenue headed west. This will take you across the bridge into Coraopolis, where you will be forced to turn right on to 4th Ave. Take the next two lefts to 5th Ave / Route 51 south. Travel 3/4 of a mile and look for parking volunteers.

Parking

Parking areas will be made around Mile “0” for the event.
 

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