Organization: Mountain Watershed Association, Inc.
Type: Bike Trail
The Mountain Watershed Association is a grassroots group transforming abandoned railroad beds in western Pennsylvania into scenic trails that attract visitors and provide recreation and transportation options for residents as well. This $10,000 grant helped fund the construction of the Donegal Township Bridge, connecting 43 miles of trail to 7.5-mile segment that leads into Springfield Township. Economic development from increased tourism is one project goal in this rural part of the Laurel Highlands region where destinations including Ohiopyle State Park and the Great Allegheny Passage draw millions of visitors annually.