With the decline of the steel-making in southwestern Pennsylvania, Rivers of Steel is restoring, protecting and enhancing the land and water resources of the region. By building trails along riverfronts and old railroad corridors and constructing river landings, the Heritage Area is capitalizing on the wealth of natural resources this region offers residents and visitors.

Trail guide maps are available at the following websites:

Butler-Freeport Trail Council

Great Allegheny Passage

Montour Trail

Ohio River Trail

Steel Valley Trail

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

Washington's Trail

Youghiogheny River Trail


The Historic Pump House is a trailhead of the Great Allegheny Passage which encompasses the Steel Valley Trail in the Mon Valley.  Rivers of Steel welcomes cyclists to the property to enjoy bike-amentities such as restrooms in the nearby Water Tower, bike racks, benches and picnic tables.  All parking is at your own risk.  Rivers of Steel is not responsible for damage or theft to vehicles or vehicle contents.  Questions?  Contact


160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.