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.

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This trail is currently (2018) in three sections starting at each end of the eventual trail.

State Line to Port Marion—0.9 miles

South Union Township Section—1.5 miles

MP<<xx>> on Gap to Dunbar—2.1 miles

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State Line to Port Marion—0.9 miles

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

MP0 is marked by a welcome sign. A short distance later the Mon River Lock and Dam #<<Xx>> (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 MP 1.6.

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 <<xx/XX>>. Conditions may have changed; you are responsible for your own safety. Oldest segment check 12/2008.