There are many ways to explore the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area!
Things to do in the Heritage Area
Rafting in Ohiopyle—image courtesy of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.
Routes to Roots—
Explore the Heritage Area through the lens of our region’s industrial history! The eight counties—and the hundreds of cities, small towns and main streets within them—that form the heritage area are linked not only by their river valleys, but by their shared cultural and industrial heritage through five journeys that each reveal an element of the region’s legacy as the Steel Capital of the World for more than a century.Routes to Roots—Journey Areas
Transportation keeps us moving, so it’s a fitting theme to embrace on your next road trip through the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area! The hilly terrain crisscrossed by rivers and waterways that defines the region—and the need to move people, raw materials and manufactured products across it—has shaped a history rampant with innovations that pushed transportation to new speeds, modes, and destinations.
Let your taste buds led the way! While our tourism partners at VisitPA have assemble a number of way to explore our state through culinary trails, our friends at Chatham University’s Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT), took it a step further just for you. Cynthia Caul, Program Manager at CRAFT—who helped develop the trails—shared with Rivers of Steel some background behind each pathway and outlined just where to stop when you’re in our corner of the state!
Check out her articles about the Baked, Picked, Chopped, and Pickled trails!
About the Heritage Area
The Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area celebrates the region’s industrial history, the landscape that fueled it, and the hardworking men and women who made it possible, linking its communities through their shared cultural and industrial heritage. The eight-county region represents the Pittsburgh Industrial District and includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. It is one of 62 designated National Heritage Areas and one of 12 State Heritage Areas.