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14 Pittsburgh parks and trails to hit this spring

14 Pittsburgh parks and trails to hit this spring

Whether you are downtown or outside the city, opportunities for scenic springtime exercise abound. There are so many parks and trails in the area, it’s almost an embarrassment of riches. Check out our favorite Pittsburgh parks and trails:

  1. Three Rivers Heritage Trail – Spanning 24 miles, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail encompasses many of the trails in the downtown area. Take in views of all three rivers, venture in one of the many neighborhoods the trail crosses, or even connect to another trail along the way!
  2. Eliza Furnace Trail – Connecting Oakland to downtown, this mostly flat asphalt trail is great for bike riding and running!
  3. North Shore Trail – Who doesn’t love to see Heinz Field or PNC Park? This flat riverfront trail puts you front and center of the stadiums!
  4. Point State Park Offers some great walking paths along the Point, and even a walking bridge to the North Shore Trail.
  5. Schenley Park – Located near the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, Schenley Park has numerous activities to enjoy. From golfing, swimming, and ice skating, to hiking, biking, and running the trails — there is something here for everyone!
  6. Frick Park Located east of Schenley Park, Frick Park offers trails to hike, run, or bike, as well as tennis courts and playgrounds.
  7. Highland ParkCheck out the Reservoir Walkway in Highland Park – a ¾-mile walkway on the hilltop. The park also offers the Washington Boulevard bike track and many hiking trails.
  8. Montour TrailNearly 50 miles of smooth surface and crushed limestone from Coraopolis to Clairton (with new sections being added every year), this trail provides ample opportunities for activities year-round.
  9. Moraine State ParkHome to Lake Arthur, the largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania, this 3,000-acre park does not disappoint. Take in all the sights from every vantage point – paddle boarding, sailing, or hiking along Washington’s Trail!
  10. North Park – Kayaking, canoeing, hiking, zip lines, running, walking – North Park has a variety of activities for you to try! Along with hiking paths, there is also a five-mile trail loop around the lake.
  11. Butler Freeport Community Trail – This 21-mile trail is about 30 minutes east of the city. The flat trail is mostly comprised of crushed limestone and asphalt. Great for bike riding, hiking, or running!
  12. Harrison Hills Park – Nestled in Natrona Heights, Pa., this park offers many outdoor activities from hiking on the trails, play areas for kids, and even fishing at one of the small lakes.
  13. Rachel Carson Trail ­– This 35-mile trail runs from Harrison Hills Park to North Park. The varied terrain ranges from paved roads to dirt trails. Thinking about completing the 35-mile trail in one day? The Rachel Carson Trail Challenge may be just for you!
  14. Raccoon Creek State Park Located 45 minutes west of Pittsburgh, this huge park can keep you active all year with hiking, boating, horseback riding, and even ice fishing.

These are just a few of the parks and trails in and around Pittsburgh. Get out, explore, and try someplace new! You never know what hidden gems you might find.