Youghiogheny Water Trail

PEC worked to establish the Youghiogheny River Water Trail, designated in 2008. The trail includes 76 miles of the Youghiogheny River from Confluence to McKeesport.


PEC led the effort to establish the Youghiogheny River Water Trail in the mid-2000s. This effort included leading a trail feasibility process, developing two map and guides (north and south sections), and applying to the statewide partnership for designation.

The trail includes 76 miles of the Youghiogheny River from Confluence to McKeesport. In McKeesport, the “Yough” empties into the Monongahela River where the Three Rivers Water Trail picks up. The Youghiogheny River Water Trail is viewed as a great opportunity to foster recreation, stewardship, and visitor spending. The Great Allegheny Passage land trail runs parallel to the river trail the entire 76 miles.

PEC transferred its responsibilities of managing the Youghiogheny River Water Trail to the Mountain Watershed Association (MWA) in 2014. Both organizations were pleased with this transfer, given MWA’s deep commitment to the Yough. MWA runs the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper program, using grassroots efforts to defend against further pollution, to improve water quality, and to conserve the natural ecology and character or the watershed. Efforts include monitoring the water quality of the Yough and raising awareness concerning drilling and mining in sensitive areas.

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