Live from McDonald, Pennsylvania, along the Panhandle Trail

In Pennsylvania, the Great American route is hosted by trails that showcase the state’s history and heritage, from its days before the country formally came into being to its heyday as an industrial powerhouse. Beginning at the Maryland–Pennsylvania border on the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (, the route travels to Pittsburgh and through downtown on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

Plans to complete the Great American through Pittsburgh also align with the vision of the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition—one of RTC’s TrailNation™ projects—to connect Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and New York via a developing 1,500-mile trail network.

The “Great American” Route Through Pennsylvania

RTC’s route analysis defines the preferred route of the Great American Rail-Trail through Pennsylvania as 172 miles and nearly 94 percent complete. Click the links below to view full trail descriptions on

Trails Along the Route

Be a Part of the Movement to Complete the Great American Rail-Trail

Like you, we can’t wait to see the Great American Rail-Trail vision come to life—but we can’t do it alone.
Support at the state and local levels is critical to the trail’s success. Help us reach 1 million pledges for the Great American, showing the strength and solidarity of the trails community. This is America’s trail. Together, let’s make it a reality.

Sign the Great American Rail-Trail Pledge