allegheny | West Newton, PA Mile 114.4
Stop in the West Newton Station for information from friendly volunteers, GAP merchandise, and a rest stop in the lovely replica of the 1910 P&LE train station that once stood there. Check out the walls of the meeting room, which house an eclectic collection of historic signs from hiking and biking trails from across the U.S. In the late 1700s, West Newton was an early jumping off point for travelers heading west. The abundant forests in the area provided excellent material for flatboats, barges and rafts that were launched here and went downriver to McKeesport and then to Pittsburgh and the Ohio. The trail is on the west bank of the Youghiogheny River, with the historic downtown just across bridge. Some businesses – including a canoe outfitter, bed and breakfast, bike shop, and restaurants with outdoor seating – are all near the trail.
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