New Connections Between Old Neighbors™
Saltsburg is a Hub Community in the Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway™, a 320-mile corridor linking heritage sites and hub communities by land and water trails and scenic byways, following the path of the historic canal system.

National Recreation Trails
Through their association with the Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway™ the West Penn Trail and Roaring Run Trail received National Recreation Trail designation in 2009. Click here to visit the NRT website.

Saltsburg in Photos

The Saltsburg Area is an outdoor enthusiast's dream! Ample fishing, power boating, paddling, and trails are calling you. Our revitalization of the railways has given the valley a new purpose. Enjoy the serene surroundings, with a glimpse into the past, as you travel by ruins of once forgotten railways and canals.

As you spend time around our rivers and creeks, keep an eye open for wildlife. People see an array of animals and birds. Some have been lucky enough to catch a glance of a bald eagle.


West Penn Trail

111 Market Street 
Saltsburg, PA 15681


The West Penn Trail is an ever-growing, 17-mile rail-trail between Saltsburg and the Westinghouse trailhead near Blairsville, PA. The scenic trail utilizes historic canal lines and railways, weaving through the Conemaugh River Valley. The Conemaugh River Lake section of the trail passes over four spectacular stone arch bridges built in 1907 and offers amazing vistas of the Conemaugh River. The Saltsburg section passes through beautiful backwoods by visible canal and railroad remnants, hugging the river. Bring your bike or rent from Saltsburg River & Trail. You can catch the trail running directly by the rentals or jump on a shuttle to the Conemaugh River Lake section. The trail is maintained by the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy and currently, efforts are being made to expand and link to the Hoodlebug and Ghost Town trails to the east. The West Penn Trail has been designated as a National Recreation Trail. 

Note that sections of the West Penn Trail go off the typical rail-trail alignments and feature significant grade changes. For more information, please click here

Westmoreland Heritage Trail

We're Expanding!

The Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation/Regional Trail Corporation's goal for the Westmoreland Heritage Trail is to construct a nineteen mile trail from Saltsburg to Trafford. Currently, 9 miles of trail are open from Saltsburg to Delmont. Take a virtual tour by clicking here

Roaring Run Recreation Area

Located on Canal Road
2 miles from Apollo, PA 15613

The Roaring Run Recreation Area is just a 15-minute drive from Saltsburg, with trailheads near Apollo and Edmon. Efforts are underway to close the 4 mile gap between the West Penn Trail and Roaring Run Trails. The area features a rail-trail, mountain biking/hiking trails, canal remnants and more. The Roaring Run Trail has been designated as a National Recreation Trail. Click here for more information

Recreational Areas

Loyalhanna Lake

440 Loyalhanna Dam Road
Saltsburg, PA 15681


Daily Lake and Recreation Information 

Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the scenery and recreational opportunities at Loyalhanna Lake and Creek. Fishing is extremely popular and the lake contains plentiful amounts of many fish species. Boaters can also enjoy the lake with the three-lane launching ramp provided for powerboats. Paddlers can float the Loyalhanna Creek on its course to the lake, or from the Loyalhanna Dam to Saltsburg. 

Enjoy a picnic at the Dam Site Picnic Area or at Bush Recreation Area. Both picnic areas are equipped with a pavilion, picnic tables, charcoal grills, drinking fountains and restroom facilities. 

Stay the night in one of the 44 campsites, most featuring views of the lake. For additional information, please visit the Loyalhanna Lake website by clicking here.

Conemaugh River Lake

1665 Auen Road, Suite A 
Saltsburg, PA 15681


Daily Lake and Recreation Information 

There's so much to do at Conemaugh River Lake. At the dam site, guests will find a Visitor Information Center, two pavilions, large playground area, softball field, basketball court, horse shoe pits and a volleyball court, making this a perfect family destination. 

Our most popular river tour begins at the dam and gives paddlers a 4-hour adventure with a spectacular view. Paddle through giant pillars that once held the railways and view the wildlife. 

The lake and outflow areas provide ample fishing, while hikers and cyclists can enjoy the West Penn Trail or the Woodchuck Nature Trail. 

Adjacent to the dam, Bow Ridge Recreation Area offers excellent trails for hiking or biking. Downstream, the Tunnelview Historic Site provides a self-guided historic walk along a section of the Main Line Canal that once connected Philadelphia to Pittsburgh (1834-1854) There's more to know about Conemaugh River Lake. Please click here for more information.


Saltsburg Kayak & Canoe Outfitters

111 Market Street
Saltsburg, PA 15681


Saltsburg Kayak & Canoe Outfitters makes it home along Saltsburg's riverbank in the old Geo Altman Mill, built in 1912. The West Penn Trail passes directly by and the boat launch is located just across the street. If it's a day on the river you're looking for, they offer kayaks, tandem kayaks and canoes. For those that prefer dry land, they rent bicycles by the hour or for the day. Saltsburg offers over 25 miles of trails to explore. 

Saltsburg River & Trail

4402 PA-981
Avonmore, PA 15618


Saltsburg River & Trail is located in Avonmore. They offer several trips to the area's waterways and rent both kayaks (single or tandem) and canoes. They'll transport you to the river and pick you up after your trip is through.  

Two Dam Kayak Rental
at Marshall's Market

3253 Route 981
Saltsburg, PA 15681


Two Dam Kayak Rentals is located in Marshall's Market, approximately 3 miles outside of Saltsburg. Their service provides kayak rental (sorry, no canoes) with shuttle service to and from the areas most popular waterways. New in 2017, Two Damn Kayak Rental has added a second location at Bush Run Recreation Area at Loyalhanna Lake. There, they rent kayaks and paddle boards, as well as sell camping gear and refreshments. Reservations are recommended as kayaks are limited. Weekdays by appointment.

Other Attractions

Rebecca Hadden Stone House Museum

105 Point Street
Saltsburg, PA 15681

Please call 724.639.9003 
for information regarding tours.

Visions of the past come alive at the Stone House Museum. Locally donated and shared artifacts from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century adorn the rooms and a beautifully maintained herb and perennial garden grace the grounds. View antique furniture, housewares, and mannequins in period clothing. Learn about our rich history of salt wells, mining, the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, local Indian tribes and so much more. The museum is operated by the Saltsburg Area Historical Society and the garden by our local Herb Society. Hours are Wednesday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Mannitto Golf Club

491 Bush Road
New Alexandria, PA 15670


Staying in town? Mannitto Golf Club is an eighteen hole public golf course just a short drive from Saltsburg. The course features bent grass greens and bent grass fairways. There are numerous trees, water hazards, bunkers and sand traps throughout the course. Mannitto is a par 71 and 7000 yards from the championship tees. From the member tees, the course plays 6491 yards and has a course rating of 69.6 with a slope of 120. The course is exceptionally long with large vast greens. There is a driving range, putting green, and sand and chipping areas available for practice. 


The Campgrounds at Bush Recreational Area
440 Loyalhanna Dam Road
Saltsburg, PA 15681


Daily Lake and Recreation Information 

Loyalhanna has a beautiful campground on the upper end of the lake at Bush Recreation Area. There are 44 campsites, the majority of which are in a woodland setting with views of the lake. Twelve of these sites have water and electricity hookups and are equipped for large RVs. All sites have adequate tent space, a picnic table, lantern holder and fire ring. The campground also contains restroom facilities, showers, a playground, volleyball court, and sanitary dump station. A primitive group campground is located at the Kiski Area, and is available to organized groups by contacting the Park Office. This area is secluded and excellent for scout groups. Click here for more information.