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.
UPCOMING TRAIL CLOSURE:
Aug. 9th-12th from 7am-4pm.
Section to be closed is from the Turtle Creek bridge near mile marker 19 to the trail’s end near Trafford. Large construction equipment will be traveling back and forth along this section. PLEASE use other sections of the trail during this time.
Work will occur along the banks of Turtle Creek to stabilize the stream. This stabilization will help protect the bridge abutment that supports the Westmoreland Heritage Trail bridge over Turtle Creek.
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.