About Us

West Newton Visitor's Center, West Newton Station, along the GAP (Great Allegheny Passage)

The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter (WYTC) is a group of volunteers dedicated to maintaining and improving the 10.5 mile Westmoreland County, PA section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). 


During 2016, the West Newton Visitor’s Center, West Newton Station, received visitors from 40 of 48 continental United States and from 12 countries. Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, walking, running or cross-country skiing, you will delight in the beauty of this section of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150 mile-System of biking and hiking trails connecting Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA.


 The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter (WYTC) of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is busy all year-long. It is used by individuals, families, of all ages who enjoy recreation, camaraderie, improving health, and making improvements to the Trail to benefit all users.
Each year the WYTC organizes activities and events to benefit the community, its members, and visitors

Join Us!

Whether you enjoy visiting the GAP at West Newton, occasionally, daily, or weekly, your participation means a lot.  

Because of the flooding today, caution is advised. Do not try to walk, ride, or use transportation in flooded waters. 

Flooding in West Newton by Regional Trail Offices on Collinsburg Road. Cyclist from Nottingham, UK has been enjoying his time in United States despite the fact that he has been riding in the rain since he got off the plane at JFK airport in N.Y.C. Hopefully we all get some much needed sunshine during the next couple days. Info and pictures from Diana Shoff and Mary Reid.

Last three pictures:   

Back yard of a residence along the river; Area behind Subway restaurant; Local VFW parking lot 

2018 Poker Run - Other Winners

20 Mile Run-HarveyStickler, Pittsburgh, PA - $50

12 Mile Rider- Jen Vereb, McKeesport, PA

4 Mile Walker - Lynn Nallo, Belle Vernon, PA - $50 (no picture)

Those who registered in time for a t shirt-stop by Visitor Center by 9/30. M-F 11-4 SAT Sun 10-3

Thank you Diana Shoff for the pictures below and thank you Victor Pilipovich for the pictures of the winners!

The P&LE train car got a new door thanks to Scott Shoff, Sam Cover, Gilbert Skowronek, & son Steve .

2018 10-20 WYTC Fall Beer Fest

Cedar Creek County Park, 3-6:00 pm. Activity Center.

This is a fundraiser for the WYTC to help support trail maintenance.   We are partnering with Bloom Brew for this event. 

Last year’s event was the first Beer Fest and 2018 promises to be just as enjoyable. Sample different beers from Bloom Brew, bid on Gift Baskets, participate in a 50/50 raffle, buy a ticket for the Bike Raffle, purchase Food  from the  The Yard Food Truck.  Most of all enjoy the camaraderie of Trail friends.

Check for more HERE. 

Riding this week? Check out the schedule for Bill's Riders.

 For updates please check our Facebook Page, Yough River Trail Riders 

Look Who is riding the GAP- Westmoreland Trail?

 18 month old Patrick wanted nothing to do with riding in the trailer behind Grandma's bike. He preferred to explore the trail on his own two feet.

Gosh is a thru rider from the Netherlands. He is on the first leg of his ride across the United States. He is spending the night in one of the shelters at Cedar Creek Park. If you see him on the trail tomorrow give him a big GAP welcome.

Minnie and Melissa out enjoying the trail yesterday on a beautiful day 

Bill Miedel met these guys at Cedar Creek Park on the GAP headed to DC from Oregon, AZ, California .

Bill Miedel met these guys at Cedar Creek Park on the GAP headed to DC from Oregon, AZ, California .

win this bike!!!

2018 Marin, San Rafael,

DS-2 Hybrid, Medium Frame, Ready to RIde

24 Speed, Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Front suspension with lockout, 700Cx40 Tires, Cloud 9 Mid-sized X-soft seat, Incredi-Bell, Topeak MTX bag EXP and Rack, Sig-ma 8.12 Bike Computer with Speedometer, Kickstand, Bottle Cage.

Look at these extras!

Details Below

Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter

2018 Bike Raffle

Proceeds will be used to help cover the costs to maintain the 10.5 mile section of the GAP trail that runs through Westmoreland County.

Tickets available at the

West Newton Visitor Center

Drawing at 2:00PM on October 30, 2018

Tickets $1 each or

6 tickets for $5

Contact Us

Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter

111 Collinsburg Rd, West Newton, Pennsylvania 15089, United States

(724) 872-5586

Hours Open. (April - Thanksgiving open ALSO on Sat and Sun 10-3)

Get in Touch


Did You Know??

For the Months of  June, July, and August the WYTC had 6,100  visitors to our web site.  As of January, our web site visitors have been from the U.S., Brazil, China, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Kenya, Peru, Japan, Poland, the Philippines and Romania.

Share your pictures and stories

We love hearing from Trail users!  

Email us your pictures and stories about the GAP-Westmoreland County section.

We are happy to post pictures and brief descriptions of your excursions. Please feel free to give us your first name (optional) and beginning and ending destinations. We will post the information on our web site.

Email to: webadmin@bikewytc.org

Donna Morrison, Web Administrator