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



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BEST UNDER-THE-RADAR-LESSON
Kane Woods Nature Area
SCOTT TOWNSHIP


photo by chuck beard
 

Crippled with the debt of the Revolutionary War, U.S. President George Washington instituted a whiskey tax in 1794 and entrusted his good buddy, Gen. John Neville, with the task of collecting it from local farmers. Furious at the prospect of their main form of income being depleted, the farmers formed an angry mob, descended upon Neville’s estate on Bower Hill and burned his mansion and other buildings to the ground. When word got back to Washington, he dispatched a few troops — 13,000 to be exact — to combat what became known as the Whiskey Rebellion. A historical marker near the 2 miles of trails of this 72-acre nature area in Scott Township commemorates the infamous march of the “Whiskey Boys.” The Scott Conservancy manages the property, the largest area of greenspace that remains in Scott Township. As temperatures rise, keep an eye out for mayapples, vibrant native wildflowers and the occasional wild turkey passing by. Trail maps are available online or at the Whiskey Point trailhead (1461 Scrubgrass Road) and two others.

Trailhead
1461 Scrubgrass Road, Scott Township

Level of Difficulty
Easy to Moderate

Dog-Friendly?
Yes (2-dog maximum per person)

Kid-Friendly?
Yes

Mileage
2 miles, plus another ¾ mile of trail that has yet to be officially marked

Don’t miss
The Mother Tree, an enormous red oak approximately 52 inches in diameter on the JCC Trail; the state forestry department officially dates it at 200-250 years old.
Learn more: scottconservancy.org/kane.htm
 


Related:

Walk the Burgh Tours
Whether you’re walking major arteries or discreet alleyways, Walk the Burgh Tours (walktheburgh.com) offers a living history lesson about the city’s cultural and historical landmarks, public art spaces and more than one example of jaw-dropping architecture that highlights the many layers of our city’s rich and diverse heritage. Along the way, you’ll also be popping into various buildings, including the Frick, Omni William Penn Hotel and Union Trust, as you wind through the cultural and financial districts to Point State Park and the Golden Triangle. In the spring, look for the debut of a Downtown Architecture Tour and Public Art Tour.

Details: Tours are offered daily at 11 a.m. and/or 3 p.m. $19/2 hours.
Meeting Point: 500 Ross St., Downtown (corner of Ross Street and Fifth Avenue)
Reservations: 412/246-9494 or hello@walktheburgh.com
 

Also:

Acclaimed travel writer and Sewickley native Brandon Wilson has conquered remote trails, retraced religious pilgrimages and scaled mountain peaks while hiking in nearly 100 nations all over the world. You can read his story here.
 


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