WELCOME TO THE PANHANDLE TRAIL

The Panhandle trail spans 29 miles from Walkers Mill in Collier Township traversing through the northern sector of Washington County to the city of Weirton, which is the former Conrail line known as the Panhandle Railroad.  This railroad network once connected Pittsburgh to Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis.  Today this same corridor is being converted into a multi-use, non-motorized, recreation and health trail that will link Collier Township to Oakdale, Burgettstown, Midway and McDonald and eventually to Weirton, WV.

On May 5, 1999. Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) donated a 29.0 mile-long corridor to Allegheny County, Washington County and the West Virginia Railroad Authority.  This acquisition created the Panhandle Trail between Walker's Mill in Collier Township to Weirton, West Virginia.  The 6.85 mile long portion in Allegheny County follows Robinson Run past Rennerdale and Gregg Station, South Fayette Township, North Fayette Township and Oakdale Borough to the county line in McDonald Borough.  It will connect to the Montour Trail just outside of McDonald near Primrose.  The trail was named after the Panhandle Division of the PA Railroad, form which it was created.

The acquisition effort took 5 years and the cooperation of Consolidated Rail corporation, three rail-trail organizations, the two counties and the State of West Virginia, the Federal Surface Transportation Board and the 15 municipalities through which the trail passes.

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Last modified: May 9, 2002