Great Allegheny Passage Hike 31

McKeesport to Pittsburgh

Highlights of this section include spectacular bridges, old steel mills, including the famous Homestead Works, and a dramatic walk along the Monongahela River. The trail will end at Point State Park where the three rivers meet (Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio). This was to be the terminus of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, and the reason the canal is the C&O rather than the Chesapeake to Cumberland. The trail is planned for completion by 11/11/11, but you can make a detour using mostly sidewalks. See the Great Allegheny Passage Web site for the status of the trail.


Trip Planner

Start: McKeesport
End: Pittsburgh
Miles: Approximately 18.0
Points of Interest: McKeesport, Homestead Works, Kennywood Park, Point State Park, Pittsburgh
Parking: McKeesport (0.0 mi.), Pittsburgh (18.0 mi.)
Water: McKeesport, Homestead, Point State Park, Pittsburgh
Restroom or Privy: Point State Park
Provisions: McKeesport, Homestead, Pittsburgh
Camping: None


Explore the PHT

The giant mill here was Andrew Carnegie’s Homestead Works. It operated from the 1890’s to the 1980’s. It was the last steam driven rolling mill, and is being restored as part of a museum complex. This area was also home to the Homestead Grays of the Negro National League. Led by the mighty Josh Gibson, the Grays once won eight pennants in nine seasons.

Point State Park
This is the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers come together to form the Ohio. The restored Fort Pitt blockhouse and museum provide an interpretive history of the area. This is the terminus of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

There is no limit on the possibilities here. From a hiking perspective, the town is a true hub. Nearby trails include the Montour, Eliza Furnace, South Shore, and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Take time to enjoy the numerous suspension bridges in the heart of town.

Last updated: July 6, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Potomac Heritage NST Office
P. O. Box B

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-4014

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