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Boston, PA: An Underrated Trail Town 20 Miles From Downtown Pittsburgh


A small village on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail, just 20 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, Boston, PA is the gateway to the “Relaxed GAP.” Known to many as “Little Boston,” its landmark light-blue 1932 cantilever bridge lets you know you have arrived. Here you will find access to many outdoor lovers’ delights.


Perfectly situated between the historic Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and the peaceful woodlands along the Youghiogheny River, bicyclists can enjoy two distinct trail experiences depending on which direction they choose.


For those who prefer to explore the area by water, the meandering Youghiogheny River passes alongside Boston, and is a favorite river access for fisherman, paddlers, and other boaters.

The main entrance to the 450 acre Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area is less than one mile via trail from the Boston Trailhead. Hikers of the secluded trails will discover nature-reclaimed industrial ruins, unique rock outcroppings, tunnels, waterfalls, wildflowers, and river vistas.


Though it is a small town, Boston is the second-most utilized trailhead on the GAP. Within one block of the trail, Boston provides every amenity a trail-user might need, from food, to drinks, to lodging, and bicycle services. The trailhead offers plenty of parking, well-maintained restrooms, a Visitor’s Center, and a popular park and ballfield.


Our community is one of neighbors and friends who are happy to welcome you to our special corner of the region. Stop by and see what Little Boston is all about!


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