About 60 miles south of Pittsburgh, the Greene River Trail parallels the Monongahela River as it winds through the coal mining region of Greene County. Originally used as a rail corridor, the Greene County Department of Recreation opened the trail in 2001 as a nature trail.
Driving through the river valley to the trail, you can glimpse several large coal mining operations just over the east ridge of the river. Remnants of older mine operations that processed and loaded coal onto railroad cars and river barges can still be seen along the trail. It’s easy to imagine the days of old when barges ran up and down the Monongahela River to transport coal to the Ohio and Allegheny rivers in Pittsburgh.
The 5.2-mile trail starts in Millsboro at the Green Cove Yacht Club trailhead. Once on the trail you follow Ten Mile Creek for less than a mile to where it flows into the Monongahela River. From there, the trail runs south along the river through a stretch of peaceful, scenic woodlands. The smooth trail surface is well maintained, and the trail is enclosed by rustic wood fencing along much of the route.
You’ll encounter many sweeping views of the mighty Monongahela River and glimpses of the beautiful nature and peaceful surroundings of Greene County. At about mile 3, you enter the town of Rices Landing. As you enter the township, you pass W. A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop, a restored working 19th-century machine shop open to the public during the summer. Rices Landing, directly on the riverbank, offers a few local amenities to take a break for refreshments or a small bite to eat. You can also to begin your ride from the Rices Landing trailhead.
After Rices Landing the trail continues to wind along the Monongahela River for another 2 miles until you reach the endpoint along Crucible Road in Crucible. The trail ends in Crucible but will eventually extend another 2 miles in the fall of 2019.
Parking and Trail Access
The Millsboro trailhead is off State Route 88 by the Greene Cove Yacht Club (1590 N 88 Road, Clarksville, PA 15322). The parking lot is at the northern end and is marked. Take the far right path up the hill to the start of the Greene River Trail.
The Rices Landing trailhead is located near the Rices Landing Lockwall at 137 Main Street, Rices Landing, PA 15357. There is a parking area at the trail head and public restrooms.