Biking, Hiking and Boating in Pittsburgh
Trees are beginning to bloom, flowers are peeking out of the ground, and the weather is finally warming up in Pittsburgh. This can only mean one thing, spring is officially here and summer is rounding the corner! Adventure is waiting right outside your door! Western Pennsylvania is home to some of the most diverse landscapes in the United States, with Pittsburgh’s Downtown riverfront named #5 Best American Riverfront by the USA Today’s Best Poll. You certainly picked the right place to live! Whether you reside in Park View, Washington Plaza, or Carson Street Commons, you have easy access to numerous trails and waterways that connect you to the beautiful outdoors.
Urban Cycling Adventures
- Serving as the Pittsburgh hub for other trail connections, the Tree Rivers Heritage Trail runs for 24 miles along both banks of Pittsburgh’s 3 rivers. You can access this trail from the North Side, Downtown Pittsburgh and the South Side!
- Maybe you need a little something more to fulfill your wanderlust? Hop on the Great Allegheny Passage for a 355 miles ride to Washington D.C, with a stop in Cumberland, MD. Not ready for the long haul? Don’t worry. You can pedal for 19 miles on the Steel Valley Trail, which is a section of the Great Allegheny Passage.
- We all know that Pittsburgh can be a little hard to navigate with all of the one-way streets. Forgo the confusion and book a guided tour with Bike Pittsburgh or a trip through Bike The Gap. Choose from 3-7 day trips, or create your own unique excursion.
Walkers, Hikers and Runners
- 712 stairways. Yeah we said it! Pittsburgh has 712 outdoor stairways within the city limits, with the majority located in the South Side. Let’s get to steppin’ people!
- Head a little North and you will find yourself at the Rachel Carson Trail. This 35.7 miles day-hike will take you all the way to North Park. Although some parts of this trail are paved, this is not for the faint of heart, many streams will be crossed and other parts of the trail are described as primitive and rugged. Lace up your boots and pack the heavy granola, you’re in for a trip!
- Serenity Now! If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Raccoon Creek State Park is 40 minutes North of the city. Raccoon Creek boasts 44 miles of trails for hikers of all levels. There are 11 hiker-only trails, 7 multi-use trails (hiking, biking and horseback riding), and 1 backpacking trail.
- Hungry for food and adventure? Sign up for a Burgh Bits and Bites food tour! Explore the history and culinary delights of the Steel City in the Strip District, Brookline, Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, or the North Side.
First Mates and Captains
- The Allegheny, The Monongahela, and the Ohio Rivers, commonly referred to as the Holy Trinity, offer numerous opportunities for Pittsburghers to get their feet wet.
- Enjoy a vigorous or relaxing day in the water with Kayak Pittsburgh. Start out under the 6th Street Bridge, on the North Shore and paddle pass PNC Park, the Point, and all the way up the Allegheny. Steer your own course through each of the rivers.
- There are 17 marinas in Allegheny County along the 3 rivers. Station Square offers public docks at Bessemer Court with easy access to downtown shopping, dining and of course, the water. Also within the city limits are 4 public boat launches, one on the Monongahela in the South Side and three along the Allegheny River Trail.
- If wining and dining is more your style, the Gateway Clipper hosts numerous cruises year-round. Sit back, relax and take in dazzling views of the city.
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