Sheepskin

Sheepskin Trail

Port Marion to MP<<xx>> on the Gap Trail just south of Connellsville

The Sheepskin Trail is a Fayette County, Pennsylvania “rail trail” project that will travel approximately 34 miles from Dunbar Township to Point Marion Borough. For now (2018)there are only three seperate sections totaling 5.2 miles. State Line to Port Marion—1.6 miles, South Union Township Section—1.5 miles, MP<<xx>> on Gap to Dunbar—2.1 miles.

This is a section at each end of the the trail and the other in the middle around Uniontown. There is a major push by Fayette Country to connect these three segments, to create a continous trail from Conellesville on the Gap Trail (Future volume SE) through Morgantown to Fayetteville WV.

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Location state line near Port Maerion to MPxx on Gap trail near Connelsville

Trailheads Port Marion, Dunbar, South Union, Connelsville

Length, Surface total <<34 miles planned>>, 5.2 miles crused limestone

Character uncrowded, wooded, shady

Usage restrictions No horses, No Snowmobiles

Amenities Rest rooms, water, fishing

Driving time from Pittsburgh 50 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes south

State Line to Port Marion—1.6 miles

The Port Marion Trail is a 1.6 miles long and connect directly to the Casper Grafton trail at the state line. It is accessable in Port Marion and in Morgantowm.

It is mostly in the woods. About half the time the Monongahela river is visible through the trees. The trail does not have any mile markers. For this write-up we will assume MP 0) is at the start line, and describe the trail south to north.

MP0 is marked by a welcome sign. A short distance later the Port Marion Lock and Dam (MP0.4) as on the left. This is a favorite spot for fisher folk. As the trail enters town there is an industrial building with a big chimney (MP1.1).

The Port Marion Ballfield is at MP1.2, and the end of the completed trail is at Penn St in the middle of Port Marion (MP 1.6).

Becasue of it short length and accessablility the write-up for this trail is part of the Mon River/Casper Grafton Trail (See page SW-61).

South Union Township Section—1.5 miles

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MP<<xx>> on Gap to Dunbar—2.1 miles

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Access Points

Vicinity: End of PA88 bridge in Port Marion. There are three ways to get here from Pittsburgh. South on PA51 or I43 to US119, then south on US119 to the bridge, or south on I79 and then back-roads to PA88 to the bridge. All three route are within 5 to 10 minutes of each other, depending on traffic and construction.

Penn and Railroad St: From the end of the bridge turn north on Main St and go one block to just pass the post office. Turn right/east and go two blocks to the parking area on the right just before the trail across from a small parklet.

Port Marion Ballfield: From the end of the bridge turn south on Main St. Go 0.4 miles to the ballfield. There is parking for a few cars across fro the restroom building, and more spaces as you enter the park, just down hill fro the playground equipment. Note: if the Monongahela River is in flood stage, the park may be flooded. The trail is above the flood plain so it should be okay.

Amenities

Rest rooms, water: Rest rooms in the Port Marion Ballfield park.

Bike shop, rentals: In Morgantown

Restaurant, groceries: In Port Marion, Star City and Morgantown.

Camping, simple lodging: Near the trailhead in Star City and Morgantown.

Swimming, fishing: [[[find]]]

Winter sports: [[[find]]]

Wheelchair access: Good.

Trail organization

National Road Heritage Corridor

65 West Main Street, Suite 103

Uniontown, PA 15401

(724) 437-9877

facebook.com/groups/FriendsOfTheSheepskinTrail/

Maps, guides, other references

USGS Topographic Maps: Morgantown North, Morgantown South, Riversville

Map Published by Mon River Trail Conservancy called Rail Trails of North Central WV

Version

Text version of 23 Sep 2018 based on personal observation while bicycling Port Marion to Star City 9/2018, South Union Township Section 6/2018, Gap trail MP<<xx>> to Dunbar (MP2.1) 12/2008. Conditions may have changed; you are responsible for your own safety. Oldest segment check 12/2008.