Great Allegheny Passage

The Youghiogheny River Trail, utilizing the old P. & L. E. Railroad right-of-way from McKeesport to Connellsville, is part of the regional trail system that links Washington, D.C. with Pittsburgh known as the Great Allegheny Passage. The main access points for residents of Westmoreland County are at Cedar Creek Park and West Newton. Heading south, the trail connects to Ohiopyle State Park, Meyersdale and continues to Cumberland, Maryland. To the north, eventually leads into Pittsburgh. Click here to view the map!

This walking and biking trail is handicapped accessible and accommodates everyone regardless of age or physical ability (view the Regional Trail Corporation Mobility Device Policy).

There is a camping facility for families or individuals using the trail who wish to stay overnight. The Cedar Creek Trekker Campground is a two night maximum stay and operates on a first come, first serve basis. There are no shower facilities, but potable water is available.

For more information, please visit the Great Allegheny Passage website or the Trail Towns website for businesses along the GAP Trail.


The most convenient access point to the Great Allegheny Passage for Westmoreland County residents is located within Cedar Creek Park. You can also access the trail on Route 31 in the Borough of West Newton and on Route 981 in Smithton.

About Us

The Great Allegheny Passage and Youghiogheny River Trail is associated with the Regional Trail Corporation, a non-profit corporation that promotes the conversion of railroad right-of-ways into recreational trails.