Greene River Trail
Along the Monongahela River from Ten Mile Creek to Crucible in Washington County
The Greene River Trail is built on an old railroad grade and runs from the Greene Cove Marina to the Crucible Mine site, a distance of 5.2 miles. This is a flat trail with a surface of crushed limestone, making it ideal for walking, jogging and biking.
The trail begins at the far corner of the parking lot near the Greene Cove Yacht marina. It climbs gradually for 0.3 miles, traversing a hill besides the marina, to reach the railroad grade on the bank of the Monongahela River. A picnic area to the left offers a spot to watch the river, the trail itself turns right, heading upstream on the Mon.
Greene County Trail
Location Rices Landings
Trailheads Greene Cove Yacht Club, Rices Landing
Length, Surface 5.2 miles limestone
Character uncrowded, wooded, shady, mostly flat
Usage restrictions No motorized vehicles
Amenities Rest rooms, water, camping, fishing
Driving time from Pittsburgh 1 hours 5 minutes south
The first 2.5 miles of trail closely follows the Mon, with the river on the left and hillside or rock cliff face on the right. Wild flowers are abundant in spring, and there are good views up and down the river. As the trail approaches Rices Landing (MP2.4), a welded sculpture stands in a small clearing. The proverbial sewer plant is at MP2.6.
The town of Rices Landing is the principal settlement along the trail, running from MP2.7 to MP 3.3. The trail parking lot at MP2.8 marks entry into town and another road crossing at MP3.1 give easy access to the W. A. Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry. A historic site that is sometimes open for tours.
The 2.9 miles south of Rices Landings are more rustic, a bit narrower, and a bit away from the river and alongside River Rd, Crucible Rd, and Old Ferry Rd. Around MP3.7 the former Crucible Steel Plant makes it presence known by a six-foot-high chain link fence on either side of the trail. The one on the right has been there a long time as evidenced by the trees that have grown around and through the links and rails. The plant is no longer owned by Crucible Steel but has gas line pipe stored in its yard.
After the plant (MP4.2) the trail passes beside a small residential community of the town of Crucible, still with the chain link fencing to MP 4.5. The trail ends at MP5.2 at the intersection of Old Farm Rd and River Hill Rd.
Local history, attractions
W. A. Young and Sons Foundry and Machine Shop is a prime example of America’s industrial heritage, now owned and operated by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. The shop catered to the steamboat traffic on the Monongahela. Young was a master craftsman who created the wooden patterns that were used to cast the forgings needed by the steam boats. Many of these patterns are hanging o the walls and in heaps on the floor. Without electricity, the shop was powered by a steam engine driving a belt and pulley system. Each piece of equipment had its own belt that pulled power from the overhead shaft pulleys. The shop is now a National Historic Land Mark and has (in 2018) summer tours on Sundays from noon to 4PM
Vicinity: Directions begin heading south on PA43, the Mon Fayette Expressway at exit 28 for W Brownsville/Fredericktown. To get there from Pittsburgh, cross the Liberty Bridge and after exiting the tunnel, turn right onto PA51 south. Go 10.4 miles to the PA43 south ramp.
Greene Cove Yacht Club trailhead: At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right/southwest on PA88. Go 6.2 miles and just after crossing of South Fork Ten Mile Creek on the Lieutenant General William Hays Bridge, turn left/northwest into the entrance for the Greene Cove Yacht Club (unsigned). Go 0.1 miles to trailhead parking in the right.
Rices Landing trailhead: At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right/southwest on PA88. Go 8.7 miles and by the Jefferson Township Municipal Building sign, turn left/east on Millsboro Rd. Go 09. Miles and at the bottom of a short hill turn left/northwest under the trail onto Rices Landing Rd. Go 150 feet and turn left/northwest onto Main St. Go 500 feet and turn left into the trailhead parking.
Rest rooms, water: In the park at Rices Landing near the foundry at the corner of Main St and Water St
Bike shop, rentals: none
Restaurant, groceries: Greene Cove Yacht Club Restaurant, and along PA88
Camping, simple lodging: Greene Cove Yacht Club Campground
Swimming, fishing: In the Monongahela River and several tributaries
Winter sports: None
Wheelchair access: Gates are narrow. The ballads at the various crossings are about 31 inches wide and about 4 feet high.
Director, Department of Recreation
Greene County Fairgrounds
107 Fairgrounds Road
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370
Maps, guides, other references
USGS Topographic Maps: Mather, Carmichaels
Text version of 21 Apr 2018 based on personal observation while bicycling Greene Cove Yacht Club to the Crucible Mine site 4/2018. Conditions may have changed; you are responsible for your own safety. Oldest segment check 4/2018.