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



(page 9 of 11)

BEST OASIS IN THE CITY
Riverview Park
NORTH SIDE


photo by laura petrilla

A lot of things in this 259-acre park will leave an impression, but the seclusion may make the most lasting one. While you’re walking along 10.6 tranquil miles of densely wooded trails, a moderately challenging topography of steep hillsides intertwining with open valleys makes it hard to believe you’re mere miles from the urban epicenter of Downtown. In the northern section of the park, just south of Perry Traditional Academy, the Archery, Snowflake and Wildflower trails wind through forests of large sugar maples and eastern hemlocks believed to be around 100 years old. In the spring, ephemeral wildflowers, including Dutchman’s breeches, Virginia bluebells and Toothwort, bloom. In the Western section, Snyder’s Point Trail loops around gently rolling meadows, providing an excellent vantage point of the Ohio River after the loss of fall foliage. The trails themselves tend not to get too crowded, although you shouldn’t be surprised at the numbers of wildlife including deer and wild turkey that may cross your path. If you get tired, take a breather on one of many rock benches along the way. Maps are available online.  

Trailhead
Mairdale Parking Lot, intersection of Mairdale and Woods Run avenues

Level of Difficulty
Moderate

Dog-Friendly?
Yes (leashed)

Kid-Friendly?
Varies

Mileage
10.6 miles

Don’t miss
The Allegheny Observatory (pitt.edu/~aobsvtry), run by the University of Pittsburgh, is one of the world’s major astronomy-research institutions. Time your trek to coincide with one of the free public tours held on Thursday and Friday evenings from April through November. On a clear evening, your tour will end with a viewing of the many celestial
objects that hang overhead.
Learn more: pittsburghparks.org/riverview-park​

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Watch: Ben and Bud Light ‘Dilly Dilly’ Mashup is Hilarious

Watch: Ben and Bud Light ‘Dilly Dilly’ Mashup is Hilarious

If the creator of the latest Bud Light commercial wasn't a Steelers fan, he is now.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Just in Time for the Holidays: Miracle Returns to Downtown

Just in Time for the Holidays: Miracle Returns to Downtown

The over-the-top holiday-themed bar opens at the Original Oyster House the night after Thanksgiving.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Meet the Winner of Our 2017 Cutest Pet Contest

Meet the Winner of Our 2017 Cutest Pet Contest

The winner received the most votes among five dogs, four cats and a bunny.

Comments


Steal the Crown Jewels at Escape Room 51

Steal the Crown Jewels at Escape Room 51

The new escape game is instantly among the best in town.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Are Steelers Good Enough to Overcome Themselves?

Are Steelers Good Enough to Overcome Themselves?

The time has come for the offense to more often resemble what everyone thought it would become this season, as opposed to sinking on occasion to a Cleveland Browns-esque level of ineptitude.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
#Gottahaveit: Take It To the Hoop

#Gottahaveit: Take It To the Hoop

Robert Hallett, Goldsmith, handcrafts the jewelry in his Oakmont shop.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Justice League Could've Been Worse (But Should've Been a Lot Better)

Justice League Could've Been Worse (But Should've Been a Lot Better)

Reviews of "Justice League," "Wonder" and "Lady Bird," plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
One for the History Books: A Cathedral of Learning Proposal

One for the History Books: A Cathedral of Learning Proposal

This groom-to-be popped the question at new heights, potentially making him the first person to propose on top of the University of Pittsburgh’s signature structure.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Iconic Kaufmann’s Building Gets New Lease with Luxury Apartments, Hotel

Iconic Kaufmann’s Building Gets New Lease with Luxury Apartments, Hotel

The developer behind Kaufmann’s Grand on Fifth Downtown promise to meld the historic with the modern as it readies to open more than 300 residential units featuring voice-command system Amazon Alexa, plus a rooftop infinity pool, restaurant and bar.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

School trustees voted this week to increase tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Comments

Edit Module

Edit Module