Blairsville Riverfront Trail
Blairsville Riverfront Trail (BRT) FAQs
Where is the trail located? The trail is located along the Conemaugh River in Blairsville, PA on property leased to Blairsville Borough from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
What trail uses are permitted? The trail is open for walking, running and bicycling. Please note that the surrounding Army Corps property is open to hunting. Trail users should exercise caution when using the trail during hunting seasons. Wearing safety orange is recommended. Hunting is not permitted on Sundays.
When is the trail open? The trail is open for use from dawn to dusk.
Where are the trail access areas? The western access area is located just off West Market Street, not far from the Blairsville Diamond (bandstand). The eastern access area is located at WyoTech Park, off of Johnson Avenue.
How long is the trail? The trail is 1.7 miles long. Trail markers are located every 1/10th of a mile.
What is the trail surface? The trail is an asphalt seal coat (tar and chip) surface, 10 feet in width.
Are pets permitted? Yes, pets are permitted but must be leashed and owners are required to clean-up after their pets.
Is the trail subject to flooding? Yes, the trail is located within the flood control area for Conemaugh Dam and will be subject to periodic flooding, depending on how much water is held back at the dam. Conemaugh Dam is located about 7 miles downstream of the trail. Trail users should not enter the property during periods of high water.
What services are available in Blairsville? There are restaurants, a coffee shop and other stores in Blairsville, all only a short distance from the trail. Blairsville Downtown has recently undergone a major streetscape project with new lighting, landscaping, sidewalks and other upgrades. The trail is one part of an overall community revitalization effort. Many historic buildings, which date from the town’s early history as a canal and transportation hub, can still be seen.
Does the trail connect to any other trails? At this time the trail does not connect to either the Hoodlebug Trail to the east or the West Penn Trail to the west. A long-term goal is to link these trails together. For now, trail users wanting to access the other trails would need to follow streets and highways in the area to connect to the other trails.
What used to be here? Before the property was condemned for flood control purposes in the 1940s, this area was an important residential and industrial area of Blairsville and southern Indiana County.
The housing area was known as Tin Town. Coal mines, other industrial buildings and a large plate glass plant, known as the Columbia Plate Glass Plant were located here. Across the river from the trail, in Westmoreland County, the town of Cokeville and the Isabella Furnace Works once existed. Cokeville also disappeared with the flood control project. The bridge abutments for the Cokeville Bridge are still visible in the river.
Why here? The Blairsville Riverfront Trail represents the combined long-term efforts of many volunteers, civic, community and government leaders who believe the trail will benefit the community and visitors from outside the region. The process to complete the trail took place over a 10-year period and represents the culmination of the hard work of many supporters.
How do I support the trail? First, use the trail and tell others about it. Second, consider volunteering your time or contributing to the trail maintenance and improvement fund which has been established by the Blairsville Community Development Authority. Tax-deductible contributions may be mailed to:
Blairsville Community Development Authority
130 W Market Street
Blairsville, PA 15717