Welcome to the official site for the Westmoreland Heritage Trail!
Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. **DUE TO THE INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES, ALL WHT BOARD MEETINGS WILL BE VIRTUAL ON ZOOM. If any members of the public are interested in joining, please submit a contact form on our website, and we can provide you with the Zoom meeting link.
From approximately October 28, 2020 thru the end of March 2021, portions of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail in Murrysville will be undergoing construction work by Contractors doing improvements to the sewer line of the FTMSA. The location for these improvements along the WHT is from Trafford Road up to Van Buren Street, and the trail will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists on some days. Caution is urged for trail users when encountering construction equipment, open trenches , and construction activities. For these months, it is advised that the public visit other sections of the WHT outside of this construction zone. More specific dates of trail closures will be announced as the project gets underway:
UPDATE – Work continues along the section of WHT between Ginny’s and Van Buren Street in Murrysville. Today (March 2, 2021) trail users are urged to use caution when moving past construction activities. Tomorrow, Wed., March 3 2021, portions of this section of WHT will be closed during working hours; and, if all goes well, the WHT should be open again sometime this Thursday, March 4, 2021. The sewer lining project is estimated to be completed within the next 3 weeks.
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Take a look at our Major 2020 Accomplishments. We couldn’t have achieved any of these if it wasn’t for our Chapter Members and Trail Enthusiasts. Thank you for another fantastic year!
The Westmoreland Heritage Trail is a scenic bicycle and walking trail covering 8.5 miles from Saltsburg to Delmont and 9.3 miles from Export to Trafford. Future expansion is in progress to connect the two sections to complete the goal of a 22 mile long trail from Saltsburg to Trafford and extend four miles to connect to the Great Allegheny Passage. The trail is ideal for walking, jogging, bicycling, and cross-country skiing. It has a wide and flat handicapped accessible surface and will accommodate everyone regardless of age or physical ability. There are a few parks located just off the trail along the sections, including Duff Park behind the Robert’s Parcel trailhead, BY Park near the Trafford trailhead, and Saltsburg Park near the Saltsburg trailhead. The Heritage corridor includes historic community centers in Saltsburg, Slickville, Export, South Murrysville, and Trafford, which grew from local industries in salt mining, coal mining, natural gas extraction, and the manufacture of electrical generation equipment.
Who Is the WHTC?
The Westmoreland Heritage Trail Chapter (WHTC) is a volunteer organization associated with the Regional Trail Corporation.
The Regional Trail Corporation is a non-profit entity within Westmoreland, Fayette, and Allegheny Counties, which promotes the conversion of abandoned railroad corridors to recreational trails.
The Westmoreland Heritage Trail Chapter is led by a twenty one member board of volunteers, including government officials and community members from the municipalities through which the trail passes: Loyalhanna Township, Salem Township, Delmont, Export, Murrysville, Penn Township, Monroeville, and Trafford Boroughs. The board has representatives from Westmoreland County, Westmoreland Conservation District, and the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy. We are a growing organization of people like you. We are working to build the trail across northern Westmoreland County as well as assisting other organizations to preserve the historic and community resources along the trail corridor.