Great Allegheny Passage Hike 30

West Newton to McKeesport

Heading north, you are passing the remains of many mines—most will go unnoticed. The village of Industry is quiet now, but when the mines and coke ovens were running it lived up to its name. Further on you’ll pass Buena Vista and Boston. The trail then now crosses the Yough at McKeesport.


Trip Planner

Start: West Newton
End: McKeesport
Miles: 18.7
Points of Interest: West Newton, Industry, Buena Vista, Dravo Cemetery, Boston, Dead Man's Hollow Wildlife Preserve, McKeesport
Parking: West Newton (0.0 mi.), Sutersville (3.9 mi.), Buena Vista (6.9 mi.), Boston (14.2 mi.), Iowa Street (17.1 mi.), McKees Point Park (18.7 mi.)
Water: None available on trail. Ask at stores in West Newton, Sutersville, Boston, and McKeesport
Restroom or Privy: West Newton, Collinsburg, Sutersville, Industry, Dravo Cemetery, Greenock, Boston
Provisions: West Newton, Sutersville, Buena Vista, Boston, McKeesport
Camping: Dravo Cemetery Campground


Hike Data




West Newton. Headquarters for the Yough River Trail in the lower office beneath the Rite Aid store. It is located 1 block left of trail when you hit the main street. Maps, T-shirts and trail accessories are for sale.


US 30 shelter.




Industry. Does this mean the people here that work hard are "industrious Industrians"?


Buena Vista.


Dravo Cemetery. Veterans from both the Civil War and the War of 1812 are buried here. Camping but no water.


Boston. The trail crosses the river for now because of a landslide a couple of miles ahead.


Turn left off Trail onto Donner Street; go 1 block.


Turn left onto Smithfield Street; follow sidewalk.


Turn left onto Boston Bridge over Youghiogheny River.


Turn left onto Kennedy Street; go 1 block.


Turn right onto Day Street; go 1 block.


Turn left onto Ash Street; go 1 block.


Turn right onto First Street; go 2 blocks.


Turn right onto High Street and look for Penn Alley. Turn left into Penn Alley; go 4 blocks and turn at orange brick garage. There is no sign here.


Turn left onto Juniper Street (red brick road); cross railroad tracks with caution. This is an active line. Go straight ahead.


End of asphalt. Follow a short, rough dirt road ahead. Pass under railroad bridge to Wills Street.


Join paved Christy Park Trail.


Cross Iowa Street.


Pass under 15th Street bridge and continue to McKeesport.


Flagmast of SS McKeesport at marina. McKees Point Park.


Explore the PHT

Dead Man's Hollow
This wonderful area is a reclaimed industrial site. It includes 2.5 miles of hiking-only trails. To reach the site follow the trail under the Boston bridge and continue on to the preserve.

Many mills and interesting old buildings line the route. The spectacular railroad trestle across the Monongahela River was part of the Union Railroad. This is also the gateway to the Steel Valley Trail.

Montour Trail
This starts just a few miles west of Boston at the village of Clairton. The trail runs 51 miles to Corapolis, north of Pittsburgh. Highlights include three tunnels and a spectacular trestle. Just yards from the terminus at Corapolis, a city bus will bring you back to Pittsburgh.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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