Located on the eastern side of the Allegheny Mountains, the 6 to 10 Trail follows along the corridor of the historic mountain-crossing Allegheny Portage Railroad, which used to carry canal boats over the mountains in the mid 1800's. With plenty of natural diversity intermingled with historic ruins, this is a trail that both you and Fido are going to love.
The trail itself is split into two segments, and while hikers are allowed to walk both sections, cyclists are only allowed on one. Since there is quite an elevation change with this walk, those who would prefer a more leisurely stroll can follow the trail downhill, whereas those who want more of a challenge can start at the other end, and walk uphill. Parking is available at both ends of the trail, making it easy to walk in either direction.
For those choosing to walk downhill, the trail begins at the Allegheny Portage Visitors Center, where you will find restrooms as well as interpretive displays that will teach you more about the sights you will see on your journey. From stone culverts to railroad remains, there are plenty of relics along the way that point to the trail's earlier days.
Once you reach the second segment of the trail, the gravel path becomes wider, because this is the portion that is open to cyclists. Nevertheless, the scenery remains magnificent, taking you through everything from woodlands and fields to streams and canals.
If you and your pooch would like an even longer walk, the 6 to 10 Trail is actually a segment of the longer Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway, which runs for 320 miles. Just like the 6 to 10 Trail, this is also a historic trail, and will teach you so much about Pennsylvania's past.
The 6 to 10 Trail is a pawsome one to walk with your pooch, but keep in mind that all dogs need to be kept on a lead that is no longer than six feet. Don't forget to also bring some doggie bags and drinking water with you, as you and your pooch will no doubt be thirsty after traversing some of the steeper inclines.