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 obligatory sewer plant is at MP2.6.
The town of Rices Landing is the principal trailside settlement, 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, 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 Coal Plant makes it presence known by a six-foot-high chainlink 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 Coal but has gas line pipe stored in its yard.
After the plant (MP4.2) the trail passes beside a small residential area of the town of Crucible, still with the chainlink 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
Rices Landing Historic District is composed of 63 buildings, five structures and four archaeological sites. This integrated community is dominated by vernacular buildings of one to two stories dating from the Mid-Victorian to Craftsman period. Through the small scale vernacular buildings, the preserved riverfront, and the geological setting, this district has retained its integrity as a river port from the mid-to-late 19th century and the railroad/coal era of the early 20th century. For more information about the Hiatoric District and Rices Landng see
W. A. Young and Sons Foundry and Machine Shop is a prime example of America's industrial heritage. It is 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 on the walls and heaped on the upper floor. This shop is an outstanding example of a shaft and pulley installation. Without electricity, the shop was powered by a steam engine driving an intricate system of leather belts and wooden pulleys mounted on the ceiling. Each piece of equipment had its own belt that pulled power from the overhead shaft pulleys. The shop is now a National Historic Landmark and has (in 2018) summer tours on Sundays from noon to 4PM
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There are hopes to extend the trail 9 miles to the south to connect to Nemacolin, PA
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 28 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/northeast into the unsigned entrance for the Greene Cove Yacht Club which can be seen on the left. Go 0.1 miles to trailhead parking in the right.
Rices Landing trailhead: At the bottom of the Exit 28 ramp turn right/southwest on PA88. Go 8.7 miles to the sign for the Jefferson Township Municipal Building. At this sign turn left/east on Millsboro Rd. Go 0.9 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: Rices Landing near the corner of Main St and Water St in the park near the foundry.
Bike shop, rentals: none
Restaurant, groceries: Greene Cove Yacht Club Restaurant, and along PA88
Camping, simple lodging: Greene Cove Yacht Club Campground
Swimming, fishing: Fishing in the Monongahela River and several tributaries
Winter sports: None
Wheelchair access: Gates are narrow. The bollards at several of the various crossings are spaced about 31 inches apart and stand about 4 feet high.
Director, Department of Recreation
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.