Kiski River Lodge
2847 River Road
Vandergrift, PA 15690
(724) 567-5405

Area Attractions

Kiskiminteas River

Kiskiminetas River

The Kiskiminetas River or "The Kiski River" as it is referred to by locals, is a tributary of the Allegheny River, approximately 27 miles long. Beginning in the town of Saltsburg, PA, the Kiski River runs through the towns of Avonmore, Apollo, Vandergrift, Hyde Park, and Leechburg, joining the Allegheny River in Freeport.

Known for its scenic kayaking, there are several kayak rentals close by. Spend the day Kayaking the Kiski, then spend the evening at Kiski River Lodge!

 

Crooked Creek State Park
114 Park Main Road - Ford City, PA 16226

Approximately 12 miles from our location, Crooked Creek State Park offers Marius boating, swimming and outdoor activities.

 

Boutique Weddings

Roaring Run's Rails to Trails
Canal Road | Apollo, PA 15613

Approximately 6 miles, Roaring Run Trails is 0pen year-round for hiking and biking.

With two trails, Roaring Run Trail and the Rock Furnace Trail, both trails offer something unique.

The Roaring Run Trail offers a scenic trip along the Kiski River. The first four miles of the trail are built on the former railroad grade while the final mile to the town of Edmon has significant grade changes. Along the trail are remnants of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal.

The Rock Furnace Trail follows Roaring Run from its confluence with the Kiski River and is hilly after crossing the 72' suspension bridge over Roaring Run. The trail offers historic features with the remains of the Biddle Iron Furnace ("Rock Furnace") found directly across the trail from the giant "Camel Rock". The furnace operated in the canal era.

 

Butler - Freeport Rails to Trails
100 Main Street - Freeport, PA 16229

Approximately 11 miles to the Freeport Trailhead, this 21 mile rail trail is nestled in the scenic wooded valley that follows the Allegheny River at Freeport to Buffalo Creek and Little Buffalo Creek.

 

Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

Kiski River Lodge is located just outside of the town of Vandergrift, a borough in Westmoreland County. Located approximately 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Vandergrift was founded in 1895 by George G. McMurtry. McMurtry was the president of Apollo Iron & Steel Co and needed to build a new mill and wanted to make a "workingman's paradise" to serve the workers that would be employed there. Vandergrift was the one of the first planned industrial communities in the United States. The winding streets and parks remain today, as well as many of the stately homes that were built at the turn of the century.

The mill is now part of ATI, The Casino building is used for live theater performances and concerts, downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Historical Society is housed in the Victorian Vandergrift Museum.

 

Leechburg, Pennsylvania

Located just 5 minutes down the road is the small town of Leechburg. Located along the Kiskiminetas River, Leechburg was a major port of the Pennsylvania Canal. It was also the first place where natural gas was used for industrial purposes.

 

Apollo, Pennsylvania

Located 10 minutes away, Apollo is a borough in Armstrong County in a former coal-mining region. Apollo's historic locations range from lovey buildings that are still standing One building built by General Samuel M. Jackson who served in the Civil War and fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. Another building, Drake Log Cabin, built around 1816 and added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1983.