Take a Hike: 10 of the Best Trails in the Pittsburgh Area



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photo by Chuck Beard
 

Winter is over. Spring has begun to bloom. It’s time to put away the parka, grab the sunscreen and head outdoors to experience Pittsburgh and the surrounding area in all of its glory: city sidewalks, urban green spaces, repurposed land, the great wide open. It’s history in your own backyard, an art-inspired walk outside of your office door, a tranquil oasis five minutes from Downtown or hours away from everyone. An hour during lunchtime. Day trips. Overnight excursions. Best of all, they’re free: a mile or 5 or 20 of sensory experiences that lure you around the bend or deep into the woods.

Each route connects you with a different area — some familiar, some new — that individually represents the synergy of tradition and innovation that has propelled this section of western Pennsylvania into one of the most livable. Meticulously and thoughtfully maintained, many of the hiking trails have come into existence thanks to a corps of dedicated volunteers. Others symbolize collective efforts years in the making. Within the city itself, nonprofit organizations such as the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and Friends of the Riverfront have proven that walkability is more than just a buzzword — it’s the gateway to getting you in step with the arts, the culture, the neighborhoods and the people who collectively represent a slice of Pittsburgh life.  

So, go on — grab the significant other, bring along the kids, leash the dog. Go solo. Tag along with a friend. Take a breather to unwind, explore and absorb. It doesn’t matter if you walk it, run it or hike it. Choose your own adventure, and get ready for the great outdoors.

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