The Murrysville Trail Alliance
Celebrating Outdoor Murrysville
You are invited to join the MTA Team for the 2014 March For Parks in Murrysville, to be held on Saturday March 29 to raise funds for the Turtle Creek Rail Trail. The March will be based at Sportzone just
below Sheetz on School Road South.
It will be a fun morning with a short hike followed by indoor refreshments,
a DJ, and prizes! If you are unable to participate, it is still possible
to register to support the event and the MTA team.
Click on the flyer or brochure below or go to http://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/index.aspx?NID=761 for more information.
The MTA cordially invites you to join the MTA team,
to be led by Team Captain Nancy Fischione!
The Murrysville Trail Alliance (MTA) is a group of people
to expand opportunities for trail-based recreation in and around Murrysville.
Please explore our site to learn about trails and the MTA's activities.
If you are interested, please join us for a meeting or activity!
The January 2014 Murrysville Trail News has been issued.
If you would like to receive notice of future newsletters by email,
please ask to be added to our mailing list.
issues may be accessed via the Archives page.
Throughout 2014 MTA meetings will be held at 7 pm
on the second Wednesday of each month.
is invited and welcome to participate
in any MTA meetings or activities.
The MTA will next meet at 7 PM on Wednesday February 12th
in the meeting room off the Children's Room
of the Murrysville Community Library.
Please join us!
Some great news !
On December 5 2013, PA DCNR announced award of a grant of $457,000
to Westmoreland County for acquisition of most of the
Turtle Creek Industrial Railroad corridor for development of a rail trail.
An agreement for sale had been signed in October 2013.
In December Westmoreland County was also notified of a $250,000
grant from a private foundation toward the purchase.
These are significant early steps in the process
of building a rail trail to run from Export through parts of Murrysville, Monroeville, and Penn Township to reach B-Y Park in Trafford.
The Turtle Creek corridor is part of a Rough Diamond Trail loop
(bounded by Pittsburgh to the west and Saltsburg to the east) envisioned by David Conrad and described in a 1/29/14 WTAE interview.
Visit and "Like" the Murrysville Trail Alliance on Facebook!
A new map for the Kellman and Skena Reserves
has been issued in color and black and white.
Hikes and Events
A Pittsburgh Hiking Meetup group hosts several hikes in our area, including hikes in Duff Park. Join the Pittsburgh Hiking Meetup group at www.meetup.com/pittsburghhikers to obtain current information about their hikes.
Westmoreland Conservancy hikes and excursions are listed at the Conservancy website, for which the home page is www.westmorelandconservancy.org.
Friends of Murrysville Parks (FOMP) hosts several nature walks in Murrysville parks.
The Botanical Society of Westmoreland County hosts many events and field trips throughout Westmoreland County, as shown at www.botanicalwestmoreland.org/fieldTrips.html.
The Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania hosts many events and field trips throughout western Pennsylvania, as shown at www.botsocwpa.org/calendar.php.
The Sierra Club Allegheny Group lists several hikes in southwestern PA on an "Upcoming Events" calendar at alleghenysc.org/?cat=13&ec3_after=today.
The Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club lists several map-based land navigation orienteering events and provides much information about orienteering at www.wpoc.org.
The Explorers Club of Pittsburgh lists backpacking, cycling, and other outdoor activities in southwestern PA at www.pittecp.org/calendar.
Venture Outdoors hosts many southwestern PA outdoor events and activities, shown at www.ventureoutdoors.org.
Keystone Trails Association provides much information about trails and recreational trail use throughout PA at www.kta-hike.org.
American Trails provides much information about trails and recreational trail use throughout the U.S., including in Pennsylvania, at americantrails.org.
A wealth of information about regional trails
is available through the Murrysville Community Library,
either from the Library's own collection or
from other libraries in Westmoreland County via
the Polaris system. Books in the Library's collection
shown under "Other Reference Material" on our Archives page.
In addition, the MTA maintains a "Wish List" to expand the
Library's collection of trail books; please let us know
if you would like to recommend a trail book
(if regional, addressing southwestern PA)
or sponsor donation of a book.