& Directions In
July 2008, the Scott Conservancy dedicated our system of trails in
the Kane Woods Nature Area. The
two miles of trails on 42 acres of the 72 acre nature area are
marked with color-coded signage that can be accessed from four
trailheads. Trail maps are available at the Whiskey
Point Trailhead. Directions to the Kane Woods Nature
Area and a black & white printable line drawing of the Trail
System thru the Kane Woods Nature Area will soon be available for
download on this website.
The trail system can be accessed from the Whiskey Point Trailhead
on Scrubgrass Road and Main Street. A small gravel parking
area has been created in front of the gate to provide off road
parking for those using the property at this trailhead. We are
very grateful to Frank J. Zottola Construction Company for
donating the work done to the parking area.
the gate, a large parking lot has been created to accommodate
parking during events, and a shelter has been built.
recently erected new sign at the entrance of our Whiskey Point
Trailhead at Kane Woods has attracted many new visitors to our
nature area. It is nice to see our trails being used by so many
new people. If you haven't yet stopped at the trailhead, we invite
you to take a few minutes and do so.
newly erected informational sign was designed by Donna Kearns. The
sign along with the bulletin board next to it were then framed and
installed by her husband Ed. All of the signs were made by Bert
Lindstom. This includes the trail signs that you will see as you
walk through the nature area.
trail system can also be accessed from the JCC Trailhead.
For security reasons, the Jewish Community Center requests that
anyone entering the woods at their trailhead stop in at the center
during their hours of operation and let them know their cars are
parked on the lot on the property.
Run Trailhead Improvements
are planned to the Scrubgrass Run Trailhead on Scrubgrass Road,
including a parking lot, split rail fence, and gate.
Point Trailhead An
additional trailhead is located at Providence Point.
The construction easement has invasive species removed and
replanted with native species to create a meadow habitat. Three
areas where the vegetation was removed to provide utilities to
Providence Point and to repair broken sanitary sewers and storm
drains were replanted with vegetation that is native to
Pennsylvania. Since the Kane property lacks areas where meadows
exist, this will be a benefit to the animals that make Kane Woods
their home. The new meadows will be especially good for birds.
seeds chosen for planting were selected by our own environmental
expert, Don McGuirk. Don is overseeing the plans for planting and
trail development being done on the Kane property. The purchase of
the seeds and the seeding was done by the Baptist Homes.
all the rain this spring the newly planted areas are getting a
great start. We are looking forward to seeing some beautiful
grasses and wildflowers in the next few years.
Park Access The
Kane Woods is near Scott Park, and the Conservancy is studying
ways with the township to link the park and nature preserve so
residents can easily enjoy both in a single outing.
Woods Trails named for leading Whiskey Rebellion figures
of books, articles, and essays have been written about the Whiskey
Rebellion and many of its key events took place right here in
Scott Township. The Scott Conservancy has been working to
honor that legacy by naming the trails in the Scott nature
preserve after leading figures and events in the Whiskey
Rebellion. One is named after Tom the Tinker, one of the
leaders of the Rebellion, and another is named for General
McGuirk, who has researched the role Bower Hill and the Kane Woods
played in early American history, said the Kane trail network was
developed with an emphasis on highlighting and preserving land
where a series of critical events took place in 1794 that helped
shape the future direction of our country.
Liberty Pole, a symbol around which the rebels gathered, will also
be erected, and the Conservancy will place story boards at key
sites along the trails explaining the Rebellion. Brochures will
also be available for visitors who want to learn more about the
Solstice Hike Features Guided Tour Along Kane Trails
hike at noon led by Mary Pitzer on the longest day of the
year offered a botany tour of the Kane Woods Nature Area.
Two miles of trails cover 42 acres of the 72 acre site.
pointed out mayapples and other woodland flora.
showed us where the hillside sewer easement construction
area is now sporting colorful native meadow
wildflowers. She also identified bird calls, adding
interest to the hike. The
new signage made the trails much easier to follow.
Point's Kitty and Paul Emory often take advantage of Kane
Wood's amenities. The convenient trailhead at
Providence Point is a boon to residents of the complex,
who enjoy the respite of the Kane Woods natural setting.
few new faces were also on the tour, including Sally Adams
and Christine Rohr from the Crafton-Ingram area.
we cross a footbridge over Scrubgrass Run, Jane Sorcan
points out a parcel of recently acquired acreage. This
30 acre parcel does not contain any developed trails while
the conservancy is considering a best management plan for
this undeveloped area.
her dogs along Scrubgrass Run, Carol Shaw took the
opportunity to pick up bark and place it on muddy spots
along the path.
thanks to Carol, Bob Gamble, Ed Fogarty and countless
other nature lovers who help maintain our trails, pick up
litter, and keep our woods beautiful while they enjoy
with the occasional guided nature hike along our trails,
Scott Conservancy also partners with the Neville House and
Woodville Plantation each summer to re-enact the
historical Whiskey Rebellion battle in the Kane Woods,
accompanied by a walking tour of the woods and activities
at Old St. Luke's Church, Presley Neville House and the
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Kane Woods featured historically during the Whiskey
of the unique features of the Kane Woods is its historical
significance. Most of the land was once owned by General
John Neville, who was a Revolutionary War veteran. General
Neville served at General Washington's side during the
Revolutionary War and they were close personal friends,
both having grown up in Fairfax County, Virginia. He
served at Valley Forge, and fought alongside his close
personal friend General George Washington at the Battle of
Yorktown. Before the war, he served as the commander
at Fort Pitt, and his son, Presley Neville, was
aide-de-camp to the Marquis de Lafayette, the French
political and military leader, who supported the cause of
the war, General Neville's role in our nation's history
continued. Saddled with enormous debts from the
Revolutionary War, our new nation under the leadership of
President George Washington instituted an excise tax on
whiskey to raise money to pay off the war loans.
Washington appointed his trusted friend General Neville,
Inspector of the Revenue for Western Pennsylvania, and
charged him with collecting the tax. Local farmers,
however, violently opposed the new tax. Whiskey
distilled by the farmers and sold throughout the country
and even as far away as New Orleans was their main source
of income. With barely enough cash to make ends
meet, the farmers believed the tax would ruin them.
They organized protests against the tax, some of which
hostilities culminated in fighting that broke out on July
16 and 17, 1794, between local farmers, federal troops,
and supporters of General Neville at his estate on Bower
Hill. His Bower Hill Mansion and other buildings on
the estate were burned to the ground by local farmers
during the fighting. They became known as the
angry President Washington responded by dispatching 13,000
troops, a force larger than any he commanded during the
Revolutionary War, to put down what became known as the
the federal forces marched on Western Pennsylvania, the
rebellion collapsed, yet the legacy of the rebellion left
its mark on American history. A
keen student of American History, President Harry S.
Truman, called it one of the ten most important events in
American History, and President Abraham Lincoln citied
Washington's action as a precedent in using force to
oppose the secession of the Southern states in 1860.
Whiskey Rebellion is important in U.S. history
because it provided the first real test of the new
1794 an angry mob of Whiskey Boys marched through
the Scott Conservancy's Kane Woods to "Bower
Hill," the plantation home of the Federal
Inspector of the Excise, General John Neville,
which was located at the top of Kane Boulevard
near the old Kane Hospital, now Providence Point.
insurgents burned Neville's home. Neville, a
Federalist, narrowly escaped the grasp of the
Kane Woods Trails, through which the Whiskey Boys
once marched, are named in honor of the rebellion.
historic marker now marks the location of
Neville's home on Kane Blvd.
re-enactments of the battle have been taking place
each summer in the Kane Woods since the trails
grand opening in 2008.
walking tour thru the Kane Woods is accompanied by
activities at Old St. Luke's Church, Presley
Neville House and the Woodville Plantation on
Bower Hill where General Neville's mansion was
burned to the ground by the Whiskey rebels.
Erects Marker on Historic Bower Hill Site
Kane Woods, Old St. Luke's Church, the Neville House and
the Neville mansion on Bower Hill all have historical
significance dating back to Revolutionary times.
1996, the Conservancy, with the support of the Scott
Township Commissioners, received approval from the
Pennsylvania State Historical and Museum Commission to
erect a state historical Marker on Bower Hill, the site of
General Neville's mansion, which was burned to the ground
during the Whiskey Rebellion.
state historical maker was erected two years later at Old
St. Luke's Church, also in Scott Township, to honor the
role it played in American History. Old St.
Luke's is the oldest church established west of the
Allegheny Mountains. The church is still preserved
today as a house of worship. Reverend Richard
Davies led the effort to secure approval for the St.
Luke's Historical Marker.
Neville worshipped at Old St. Luke's Church and the
Church's cemetery is the resting place of many of our
region's earliest settlers including a number of
Revolutionary War veterans.
of Ancient Red Oak Determined
part of the Kane Woods Nature Area that has
captured the interest of Conservancy President Don
McGuirk is the age of an enormous red oak that he
calls the "Mother Tree." Recently,
Don and officials from the state forestry
department took a boring from the tree to
determine its age by reading the tree rings, and
the preliminary findings are that the tree is
between 200 to 250 years old. To put that
into perspective, the tree sprouted around 1760.
The English, along with their colonial allies,
were still fighting the French and Indian War.
James Watt was working on the prototype for the
steam engine, and most people traveled by foot or
on horseback. The United States didn't even exist.
tree was still in its youth three decades later
during the time of the Whiskey Rebellion.
All of the Scott residents and our Scott
Conservancy members who donated money and worked
on the project to preserve the Kane Woods can
share a sense of pride that they helped to
preserve a part of nature in the Red Oak that is
even older than our own country.
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Scott Conservancy has taken down structures, developed two
miles of hiking trails along 56 acres and added new
parcels to our original 44 acre Kane Woods property, which
now total 72 acres, the largest area of greenspace left in
land is on the hillside perimeter of the old Kane
Hospital. The large trees, undisturbed nature,
abundant wildlife and steep wooded slope down to a flat
floodplain along Scrubgrass Run make the Kane Woods Nature
Area ideal for trails.
increasing number of people and their dogs enjoy walking
through our woods every day. Many do not realize
that the property is owned by a small non-profit
organization that relies on volunteer efforts and
donations from individuals and foundations. The
Scott Conservancy needs volunteers - like you - to
maintain trails and to help us keep the property free of
litter and debris. As you enjoy our woods, please do
your part to keep it clean. Thank you.
Pays Visit to Kane Nature Area
came, they saw, they were impressed. They were nine
volunteers from VisitPittsburgh, the organization that
promotes tourism and convention business for Western
VisitPittsburgh volunteers visited the Kane Nature Area
Friday, September 17 as part of the United Way's Day of
Caring Program that links businesses and organizations
with community groups that need volunteer help.
treasurer Jane Sorcan helped organize the event as a way
to boost the efforts of Conservancy volunteers who work
throughout the year to maintain and improve the trail
network that runs through the77acre Kane Woods Nature
volunteers from VisitPittsburgh put in a hard day's work
mulching trails, trimming back vegetation along the
trails, and fixing signs.
volunteers from the Conservancy also turned out to help
the VisitPittsburgh employees in their work, and to help
make their stay a bit more enjoyable by preparing
breakfast and lunch.
Zombek, Alan and Hazel Cope, Don McGuirk, Sarantos
Patrinos, Sally Adams, Bill Luxner, Gerrie Ketler, Peggy
Grand, and Jane Sorcan from the Conservancy were on hand
to direct the volunteers and to help them with their trail
Grasha Houpt, who led the contingent from VisitPittsburgh
and who worked with Jane to organize the event, said she
was impressed with fact that Scott had a 77-acre-nature
preserve in the middle of the township.
very beautiful. I'm from Crafton, but I had no idea this
was here," she said while taking a break from
shoveling mulch onto the trails.
VisitPittsburgh volunteer said he liked the idea that the
township is preserving 22-acres for nature across
Scrubgrass Road from the Kane Nature Area.
an impressive place. I like the fact there is no
development here, and it's all devoted to nature. I like
enjoying the outdoors," he said.
was very happy with the turnout from the VisitPittsburgh
volunteers. "They were nice people, very gracious,
and they did a lot of work," she said.
Scout Project Benefits Kane Woods Nature Area
you come to Whiskey Point this year, you will see several
new improvements. No longer will you need to worry about
sliding down the hill from the upper parking area to the
shelter. We now have a well built pair of steps connecting
the upper level of the parking lot to the shelter. There
is also now a stone patio located at the beginning of
Catfish Path, the Blue Trail, which goes towards Kane
improvements were made by Nick Miller and his friends who
are members of Troop 834 and meet at Our Lady of Grace
Church. Nick is working on obtaining his Eagle Scout
badge. The planning, organizing and completion of this
project will help him achieve his goal.
young men worked very hard to make these improvements to
the Whiskey Point Trailhead. The work was done in the mud
amid the raindrops on a very hot and humid day. They did a
wonderful job. The steps and patio are very well built and
will serve the conservancy and the community for a long
Plant New Trees & Shrubs
part of the “Citizenship in the Community Merit
Badge, one of 12 required Merit Badges for Eagle
Scout, Boy Scout Troop 365 volunteered to assist the
Scott Conservancy in landscaping a field on
Scrubgrass Road, near the Whiskey Point Trailhead.
by Don McGuirk, our Conservancy representative, and
Troop Leader Dr. Jeff Wentz, members of the troop
from Covenant Community Presbyterian Church worked
hard digging holes to be used for planting shrubs.
They also constructed a temporary protective fence
along the property line to protect the new
Scout Pack 861 from Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville
planted 60 shrubs and 6 trees in the holes dug by
Scout Pack 849, along with members of Boy Scout
Troop 834, both from Glendale, have also
participated in activities that improve our
community and our environment.
the morning of October 22nd, 2005, six boys working on
Eagle Scout badges from Boy Scout Troop 365 and three boys
who offered to assist them arrived at the field owned by
the Scott Conservancy along Scrubgrass Road. They
came ready to dig with shovels and hammers in hand.
week later, Cub Scout Pack 861 from Holy Child Parish in
Bridgeville arrived in the afternoon to complete the work.
With help from their parents, they planted 60 shrubs and 6
trees using holes dug by the Boy Scouts in the previous
boys worked hard and did a great job! The
conservancy thanks both scout troops for their help
and hope we will be able to work with them in the future.
Scott Conservancy is also the proud sponsor of Glendale's Cub
Scout Pack 849. The scouts, chartered in
Scott Township, are involved in worthwhile community
of their projects have included trail and stream
clean-ups, the building of steps on a popular trail,
community clean-ups, and various service projects. Keep up
the good work!
Scott Conservancy has been able to acquire 77.5 acres over the
last 10 years. Land
acquisition is an important goal of the Scott Conservancy. We
now have a total of 72 acres of green space under protection.
The land is open for our residents to enjoy nature in the 72 acre
Kane Woods Nature Area. We have also conserved a 5 acre
wooded hillside in the nearby Vanadium Woods along Vanadium Road.
In 2003, we purchased the wooded hillside that forms an emerald
necklace encircling the new Providence Point development, site of
the old Kane Hospital. The
44 acre acquisition was made possible through a Growing Greener
Grant with matching funds from The Pittsburgh Foundation, The
Laurel Foundation and private donations from citizens in Scott
Township. This land is the keystone parcel of our Kane Woods
Township is highlighted in orange in the map to the left.
Scott Park and the Kane Woods Nature Area are shown in green,
representing the largest remaining parcel of greenspace in Scott
Conservancy is working on a number of projects to improve public
access and enjoyment of the Kane Woods. Since
acquisition of the property, the conservancy has restored native
vegetation, built a shelter and footbridge, blazed two miles of
trails through 42 acres and created trailheads with parking
recreation the whole family can enjoy:
Kane Woods Nature Area is ideal for hiking and bird watching.
Catch a glimpse of the deer, squirrel, fox and turkey which abound
in the forest. Sit on a fallen log and enjoy the respite
from your busy, hectic modern life.
on August 2, 2001, the donation by Marilyn and Bill Kumpf of two
parcels of land at the cul-de-sac at the end of Jaycee Drive made
us a land trust. The parcels consist of four acres adjacent
to Kane Woods. Bill Kumpf had a special rock that he liked
to sit on to enjoy the Woods. He has made it possible
for others to enjoy the land.
Manor Property In
March of 2008, the conservancy added 5.5 acres of land to the Kane
Woods, with a walking trail that can be accessed from Vanderbilt
Drive in Mt. Lebanon.
parcel connects residents from the Mt. Lebanon area to the Kane
Woods property in the valley below, extending our greenway
and public access to it.
property was acquired with a grant from the Pennsylvania
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and from The
at $83,400, the parcel was purchased from Premier Homes for
$20,500. The property is a parcel of pristine land left over
from the Carleton Manor development of homes off of Bower Hill
Road. This land is now accessible to the public.
last link to the Kane puzzle came in 2009 with the acquisition of
22 acres of greenspace left over from the surrounding housing
development nicknamed Birdland, whose streets are named for birds.
The 17 acre NVR parcel along with the 5 acre Ed Ryan property were
acquired with a $13,000 grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation.
to the generosity of the Nixon family of Carnegie and the Oliver
family of Sewickley, the Scott Conservancy received a donation in
2006 of approximately 3 acres of property along Vanadium Rd.
The land is located across the road from Vanadium Woods and
extends up the hill to Hughes Street. It has been in the
Nixon family since 1936 and has remained virtually untouched since
very large stand of oak trees is located on the property, and it
is home to many animals including several species of birds.
The conservancy is thrilled to have received this wonderful gift.
It is the intention of the conservancy to leave this property in
its natural state for the benefit of the residents of the
Conservancy Property List
have listed the parcel numbers of the property we own and have
under protection below. All of our parcels have received tax
exempt status. Using the parcel numbers, a computer search
can be performed at the Real Estate page found on the Allegheny
County Office of Property Assessments site. Just
a parcel number listed below in the Parcel
Search of the Real Estate website.
3 parcels, approximately 5 acres, are separate from the
rest of our property and make up a very pristine area
containing many mature trees. A sign marking the property
is located on Vanadium Road across from the Vanadium
Woods Nature Area Parcels:
remaining 7 parcels, about 72 acres, are contiguous and
create a very large greenway extending from the Whiskey
Point Trailhead on Scrubgrass Road to Meadowlark Park in
Scott Township. The 2 miles of trails we maintain are
located on 42 of these acres. The remaining 30 acres do
not contain any developed trails, and we are developing a
best practices management plan for this undeveloped area.
(Vanderbilt Drive, Mt. Lebanon)
(from the valley on the Scott Township side
behind Meadowlark Drive ending at Meadowlark Park)