The Murrysville Trail Alliance
Celebrating Outdoor Murrysville
The MTA thanks Dr. Kyle Selcer of Duquesne University
for organizing the 2014 Bioblitz at Duff Park!
It was a great day, with many joining several
experts for science and fun!
The October 2014 Murrysville Trail News has been released!
It features excellent articles about enjoying the outdoors in Murrysville,
along with a focus on outdoor photography
and the Murrysville Photo Contest.
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.
More exciting news about the Turtle Creek Rail Trail !!!
In August 2014 Westmoreland County received
notice from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC)
of award of $750,000 for construction
of the first few miles of rail trail in the Turtle Creek valley.
Read more on the Turtle Creek Rail Trail Project page.
Fall is the perfect season to
take some pics for the Murrysville Photo Contest!
Any amateur photographer may enter up to 3 photos
taken anywhere outdoors in Murrysville.
Contestants need not live in Murrysville,
and photos may be from any year so long
as they haven't been previously entered in the contest.
Deadline for entries is midnight, December 31!
The MTA has released a new map of Pleasant Vally Park,
updated to reflect the name of the Brien Palmer Trail.
Color and black and white versions are available.
The Murrysville Trail Alliance (MTA) works to expand
opportunities for trail-based recreation in and around Murrysville.
Please explore our site to learn about trails and the MTA's activities.
Throughout 2014 MTA meetings will be held at 7 pm
on the second Wednesday of each month.
If you like, please join us for a meeting or activity!
Learn about the Rough Diamond Trail Project
envisioned by David Conrad and described in a 1/29/14
WTAE interview and a popular
Rough Diamond Trail Project video, available online.
A first draft of a map of Rough Diamond Trails is available; please help refine the map with information about trails on the Rough Diamond loop, within it, or connecting to it. Please email your comments to MTAmail@murrysvilletrails.org. Thanks!
Visit the Murrysville Trail Alliance on Facebook!
We've reached 240 "Likes"! We love our MTA FB friends!
Hikes and Events
Murrysville Trail Alliance "Celebrating Outdoor Murrysville"
2014 Hike Murrysville
||MCP Wetlands Moonlight Hike (meet in parking lot)
||Duff Park (meet at pavilion)
|The remaining hikes for 2014 will be on third Saturdays of the months:
||Pleasant Valley Park (meet in parking lot)
||Cross-Murrysville Hike (meet at Townsend pond)
||Townsend Park (meet by the pond)
| August - No hike
||Cross-Murrysville Hike (meet at Townsend by pond)
||Skena & Kellman Reserves (meet at Skena parking)
||Duff Park (meet at pavilion)
| December - No hike
Please join us!
Whether you are familiar with the great parks and nature reserves
in Murrysville or wish to explore one for the first time,
you are sure to like these hikes in good company! Just bring water,
dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes or boots.
Any cancellations for weather will be posted here.
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.