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.  

2018-09-03 25th Annual Labor Day Poker Run Event

Join Us for this Fun-filled morning event for individuals and families at the Trail Head-West Newton

This event is sponsored and supported by various area merchants. This event is NOT A RACE! Participants walk or bike ride at their own pace, to checkpoints throughout the course where they pick up a playing card. At the end of the event, each poker hand is tallied and the person with the best hand in each category receives a prize. Raffle prizes will be available after 10:00 AM. At 11:00 AM the winners of the best hands in all events will be announced along with the winner of the bike and the 50/50 drawing.

Event takes place on the Great Allegheny Passage.

Bike - 12 miles level
Bike - 20 miles endurance
Walk/Jog/Wheelchair optional - 4 miles

8:00 AM - Packet Pick-Up & Race Day Registration
8:30 AM - Event Start


 The WYTC would like to acknowledge and thank the original members who initiated and supported this event 25 years ago. Many of them are listed in our Original Over The Hill Gang article

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 Month of May, the WYTC had 1,773 visitors to our web site.  As of January, our web site visitors have been from the U.S., China, Canada, France, Germany, 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