Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway

Six NRT designations. For details please see 6-10 Trail, Juniata River Water Trail, Lower Trail, Path of the Flood, Roaring Run, West Penn.

photo: Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, Juniata Division. Photo by Pubdog.

Length: 49.35 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Greenway
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Skateboarding
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Private
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Pittsburgh to Harrisburg
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Westmoreland
Longitude: -76.88751
Latitude: 40.25537

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Description

The Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway is a 320 mile-long corridor following
the route of the historic Pennsylvania Main Line Canal. It is comprised of six completed
sections of land-based trails totaling nearly 50 miles in length as well as the 142-mile long
Juniata River Water Trail. In addition to the Greenway components, it connects with the
Appalachian, Link and Mid-State hiking trails. Its component sections are managed by local
government authorities, non-profit trail, watershed and heritage organizations and the National
Park Service. It provides access to fisheries, Audubon-designated Important Bird Areas,
historical remnants of the canal and charcoal iron eras, and recreational assets across a wide
section of south central and southwestern Pennsylvania.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Puncheon
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 3%
Maximum Grade: 20%
Elevation Low Point: 335
Elevation High Point: 2,430
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2009

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Staple Bend Tunnel - America's first railroad tunn
Document: Riding on the Path of the Flood Trail
Document: Covered bridge on the Lower Trail
Website: Main Line Canal GeoTrail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Karl King
Allegheny Ridge Corporation
1421-1427 12th Ave.
P.O. Box 348
Altoona , PA 16603
(814) 940-1922
kking@alleghenyridge.org
http://www.alleghenyridge.org

 

Photos

Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, Juniata Division. Photo by Pubdog.

Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, Juniata Division. Photo by Pubdog.

Remnants of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal in the Conemaugh Reservoir, Livermore, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Photo by Kordite.

Remnants of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal in the Conemaugh Reservoir, Livermore, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Photo by Kordite.

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