the map above, click on the orange triangle by each trailhead name to
take you to a description of that trailhead and the trails leading from
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.
on hiking the trails? Download
Map to print the clearly marked trails in black & white, or
pick one up at the Whiskey Point Trailhead.
Google® Map below highlights all of our acreage in Scott Township, thanks
to Keith Weightman. By
clicking the arrow to minimize the left information section, you can
view the entire map with the highlighted parcels. The map is
centered and sized for viewing in the screen, but you can use the
navigation arrows and sliding scale to move and size the map to view
what you want. You can also change between road map and aerial
the Google® Map to get driving directions to our Trailheads with parking lots.
Make sure the information section on the left is expanded and enter your
starting address plus our destination address, 1459 Scrubgrass Road, Scott Township, 15106 for the Scrubgrass
Run Trailhead parking
lot or 1461 Scrubgrass Road, Scott Township, 15106 for the Whiskey Point Trailhead parking
lot. Or, if your vehicle is equipped with GPS, you can input
these addresses on your system. Visitors wishing to park at the
JCC Trailhead, please contact the Jewish Community Center.
trail system can be accessed from the Whiskey Point Trailhead on 1461
Scrubgrass Road and Main Street. A 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. Beyond the gate, a large
parking lot has been created to accommodate parking during events, and a
shelter has been built.
at Whiskey Point follow Catfish
Boys Trail intersects
recently erected 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
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. BACK
trail system can be accessed from the JCC parking lot via the steps
leading to Neville's Trail (green) 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
Run Trailhead Improvements
to the Scrubgrass Run Trailhead at 1459 Scrubgrass Road include
a parking lot, split rail fence, and gate. The
interconnecting trail system can be accessed from this trailhead.
at Scrubgrass Run take Tom
the tinker Trail
Boys Trail intersects Liberty
Providence Point Trailhead
additional trailhead is located at Providence Point at the Resolution
Trail, which joins Neville's
Trail (green) via a series of switchbacks down the hill.
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
seeds chosen for planting were selected by our own environmental expert,
Don McGuirk. Don oversees planting and trail
development on the Kane property. The purchase of the seeds
and the seeding was done by the Baptist Homes. With
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. BACK
Park Access The Kane Woods is
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
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.
A 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.
Mary pointed out mayapples and other woodland
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.
Providence 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.
A few new faces were also on the
tour, including Sally Adams and Christine Rohr from the
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
Walking her dogs along
Scrubgrass Run, Carol Shaw took the opportunity to pick up bark and
place it on muddy
spots along the path.
Many 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 their walks.
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 Woodville Plantation.
Woods featured historically during the Whiskey Rebellion
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 American independence.
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 turned violent.
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 Whiskey Boys.
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 Whiskey Rebellion
the federal forces marched on Western Pennsylvania, the rebellion
collapsed, yet the legacy of the rebellion left its mark on American
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 American Constitution..
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
burned Neville's home. Neville, a Federalist, narrowly escaped the grasp
of the crowd.
Kane Woods Trails, through which the Whiskey Boys once marched, are
named in honor of the rebellion.
An 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
In 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.
Scott Conservancy has taken down structures, developed two miles
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 Scott
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
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
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 Pennsylvania.
volunteers visited the Kane Nature Area on Friday, September 17,
part of the United Way's Day of Caring Program that links
businesses and organizations with community groups that need
volunteer help. The conservancy first participated in this
United Way program in 2010, and its success merited a Day of
Caring visit by Bayer a year later in September, 2011.
Conservancy 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 the 77 acre Kane Woods Nature Preserve.
The volunteers from VisitPittsburgh put in a hard day's work
mulching trails, trimming back vegetation along the trails, and
Several 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
Ed 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 maintenance work.
Mary 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.
"It's 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.
"It's 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.
Jane 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 Blvd.
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.
Directed by Don
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 plantings.
Scout Pack 861 from Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville planted 60 shrubs
and 6 trees in the holes dug by Troop 365.
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.
On 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.
A 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
The boys worked hard and did a
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 projects.
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!
The 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
In 2003, we purchased the wooded hillside that forms an emerald necklace
encircling the new Providence Point development, site of the old Kane
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 Nature Area.
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 Township.
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 space.
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.
Completed 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.
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.
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 Pittsburgh
Foundation. Appraised 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
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 that
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
Conservancy Property List
We 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. You can also view the parcels on our Google®Map created by Keith Weightman.
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
Woods Nature Area Parcels:
The 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.
valley on the Scott Township side
behind Meadowlark Drive ending at
Site Plan Completed
master site plan for the Kane Woods Nature Area and the property
adjacent to Scott Park owned by Scott Township has finally been
completed. The plan took approximately two years to complete and
cost $87,000. Fifty per-cent of the cost was paid for by a grant
from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The
conservancy's portion of the cost was met by site planning paid
for by the Baptist Homes.
conservancy would like to thank Bob Gamble, Pat Falderoff, Bill
Luxner, Don McGuirk, Jean Miewald, Jane Sorcan, and Gary Zyra for
volunteering to serve on the Master Site Plan Committee. They
worked very hard and met many times over the last two years to
complete the project. We also want to thank all those who came to
the public meetings that were held to gather input for the plan.
master site plan, formally titled Trail Feasibility
Study, will be
our guide as we continue to develop the Kane Woods Nature Area.
The plan was completed by Civil and Environmental Consultants and
contains many recommendations for improvements to the area.
Included in the plan is an estimated cost for the recommended
wanting to view the plan should contact Jane
year we implemented the first of the recommendations outlined in the
plan and trenched drainage ditches along and through damp areas of
our trail system to provide a drier walking surface for hikers
during the wet spring and fall seasons.