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The Five Star Trail runs nearly 8 miles through Westmoreland County, in the
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. The trail is alongside an active railroad track, Southwestern Pennsylvania Railroad, that stretches between Lynch Field, a Greensburg city park and Youngwood. The trail then spurs off eastward to connect with the campus of
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and continues on to
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Background

In 1995, the trail corridor was purchased from
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by The Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation. The municipalities of
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Greensburg
, South Greensburg, Southwest Greensburg, Youngwood, Pennsylvania, Youngwood, and Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Hempfield, along with The Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Department are all partners in the trail project. The trail is named in honor of these five towns. The trail is kept clean by PA Cleanways. There are volunteers that help maintain the trail and there is a Poker Run held annually along the trail.


Points of interest

The trail accommodates walking, hiking, jogging, bicycling, and cross country skiing. Other points of interest include: *Park at Lynch Field **(Park with pool, playground, a few war relics - including an Apache helicopter) *Sports complex in Greensburg *Youngblood Trail Station (museum focused on local railroad history) *Depot Street, (a 1.5-mile paved walkway with old rail cars, including a converted caboose) *Youngwood Campus of Westmoreland County Community College


Parking and trail access

The trailhead is located at the Westmoreland County Community College, on College Avenue across from the baseball field. The trail is accessible to the handicapped and is pet friendly. Additionally, there are multiple access points located off Route 119: *Lynch Field (Greensburg) *Huff Avenue (South Greensburg) *Willow Crossing Road/Shady Lane (Hempfield) *Trolley Line Avenue (Youngwood) *Depot Street (Youngwood)


See also

*Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania *Greensburg, Pennsylvania *Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania *Youngwood, Pennsylvania *Armbrust, Pennsylvania


References


External links


City of Greensburg Pennsylvania
(Five Star Trail)
Reviews at Local HikesHistory of a predecessor to parts of the trail

{{Pennsylvania rail trails Protected areas of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Rail trails in Pennsylvania