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The West Penn Trail is a 17-mile rail-trail between Saltsburg and our Westinghouse trailhead near Blairsville. West Penn Trail is now recognized as a National Recreation Trail!

The WEST PENN TRAIL is an important link in the Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway™, a 320 mile corridor of linked heritage and outdoor recreation sites that is “creating new connections between old neighbors.

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In addition to the canal, there were four railroad grades built in this section of the Conemaugh River valley: the original 1864 Western Pennsylvania Railroad that was largely built on the old canal bed; the 1883 line relocation built by the Pennsylvania Railroad that straightened out many of the original curves and made the railroad more efficient to operate; a 1907 rebuilding where more curves were eliminated and the new stone arch bridges built; and the current railroad built in 1948 to elevate the tracks above lake level in the flood control reservoir (Conemaugh Dam).

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