Greene River Trail

Along the Monongahela River from Ten Mile Creek to Crucible in Washington County

<< need a location map>> The Greene River Trail is built on the Pennsylvania 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 corner of the parking lot along the entrance road for the Greene Cove Yacht marina. It climbs gradually for 0.3 miles, traversing a hill beside 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/south 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 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.

 riversofsteel.com/preservation/heritage-sites/machine%20shop/

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

 co.greene.pa.us/secured/gc2/history/HistoricDist-Riceslanding.htm

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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Development plans

There are hopes to extend the trail 9 miles to the south to connect to Nemacolin, PA       

Access points

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.

Amenities

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

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