Western Pennsylvania is being recognized off the beaten path.
During the last three weeks, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has designated the Allegheny River as Pennsylvania’s River of the Year, and the Montour Trail was dubbed the state’s Trail of the Year.
The annual river and trail distinctions are intended to draw public attention to the state’s natural assets. The river honor, specifying the upper and middle Allegheny River, was announced Jan. 9 by DCNR and the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Trail of the Year honors for the 63-mile trail system in Allegheny and Washington Counties were announced Thursday.