Enjoy the outdoors in Greene county PA

Enjoy the Outdoors in Greene County

Spring fever is sweeping through the homes of those in southwestern Pennsylvania who have found themselves cooped up inside waiting out the cold for far too long. A trip outside is the perfect cure. Not only will it cleanse you of spring fever, but spending time outdoors actually comes with many health benefits such as increased energy, restored moods, and mental clarity. Looking for things to do and outdoor activities? Enjoy recreation and restoration by experiencing all thing outdoors in Greene County.

Fall Foliage - Hello October

Experience Fall Foliage Along the Greene River Trail

From green to gold, orange, red, and brown, fall hues saturate Pennsylvania forests and outline the sky during the month of October. Last year, peak fall foliage was reached in Greene County during the week of October 22 to October 28. Nonetheless, the entire month typically yields a spectrum of color as leaves fade from green and approach their best autumnal hues. Take a journey into history and a cascade of warm, autumn reds, oranges, and golds by visiting the Greene River Trail in Greene County, Pennsylvania this fall.

Enterprise Steam Boat 1815

River Boats

One of the best known steamboat tugs and the only one still on a river is the W.P. Snyder, Jr., originally built in 1918 and owned by the Carnegie Steel Company. It was originally named the W.H. Clingerman and was one of the first steel hulled steamboats. In September of 1945, it was sold to the Crucible Steel Company and renamed W.P. Snyder, Jr.

Overview of Rices Landing from the Greene County Historical Society archives.

Rices Landing

Along the Greene River Trail Rices Landing Settlement of Rices Landing One of the earliest overnight visitors was George Washington, when he and his troops camped here on their way to Pittsburgh during the French & Indian War. In 1786, John Rice purchased land on the east side of Enoch’s Run, a tributary of the…

W.A. Young and Sons Foundry and Machine Shop by Rivers of Steel

W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop

William A. Young, a descendant of two established families of Washington and Greene counties, purchased a plot of land in Rices Landing in 1900. The following year his mother, Rachel A. Young, bought the adjoining lot and sold it to her son in 1902. William Young built his foundry and machine shop on these two parcels of land and operated the facility until his death in 1940. Young’s sons, Walter and Carl, carried on the operation until 1965.

Pittsburgh, Allegheny & Birmingham / drawn from nature, lithographed & published by Otto Krebs, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Pittsburgh Coal Seam

Named by H.D. Rodgers of the First Geological Survey of Pennsylvania, the first reference to the Pittsburgh coal bed was on a 1761 map. In the mid 1700s at Fort Pitt, coal was being mined on Coal Hill, or as it is known now, Mount Washington. The coal was extracted from drift mines in an outcrop about 200 feet above the Monongahela River.