Top 4 Most beautiful Outdoor Spots in Pittsburgh
Author: Bella Abbott
Emerald View Park
This 257-acre park, established in 2005, is one with a view. With the combination of parks like Grandview, Olympia, Ream, and Mount Washington, hikers can get a glimpse of the wonders of Pittsburgh by just visiting this trail.
With an estimated time of 1 hour and 2 minutes to complete this trail and a length of 2.3 miles, according to AllTrails, this is the place to go for a quick afternoon hike, bike, or dog walk with your family.
While along this trial, we can also see Pittsburgh’s famous inclines, the Duquesne and the Monogahela.
This trail is the best place to get spectacular views of Mount Washington with its various overlooks where patrons can view the Downtown Pittsburgh skyline.
Pittsburgh’s largest municipal park, Frick Park, is a beloved community woodland trail including many slopes and hills for all hikers.
A highlight of the park would be its Nine Mile Run Trail, one of Pittsburgh’s most popular hiking trails. This hike provides many breathtaking views along bridges and paths which even includes a beautiful stream.
A historical aspect of the park would be its clay tennis courts which were among the first generation of public clay courts in the United States.
For its kid-friendly aspect and a beloved part of the park is the Blue Slide playground. Back in the 1960s, it was one of the many hillside playgrounds built at the time and a perfect place to go for everyone in your family to get some energy out.
Great Allegheny Passage Trail
The longest multi-use trail in Pennsylvania is a great destination for bikers and hikers. Staring at Point State Park, the trail spans all the way up to Cumberland, MD with a 150 mile no motorized path.
With just a maximum of a 2% trail grade, the walk, run, or stroll is great for everyone in the family to get some exercise in. The crushed limestone also allows for Pittsburgh’s bikers to enjoy the most scenic parts of Pennsylvania.
While going through the trail, hikers and bikers are also able to cool down in the shade of nine different tunnels that have historical backgrounds.
When done with the trial, beautiful medallions mark the end points in both Cumberland in Pittsburgh signifying the spectacular journey you’ve just gone through.
Pittsburgh’s second largest park spanning 456 acres, is home to many sights including the spectacular Phipps Conservatory.
One of the greenest buildings in the world, The Center for Sustainable Landscapes, is housed here as well and is the first and only building to meet six of the highest green certifications.
While on the trail, patrons can see the Mary Schenley Memorial Fountain which offers a historical aspect to the park and is considered as a grand asset with a new nighttime illumination making it a popular spot for Pittsburgers.
The park also includes an ice skating rink, oval sportsplex, and a 9-hole golf course for everyone to enjoy.
Hiking or biking in Pittsburgh is a fun way to explore the outdoors and its wonderful landscapes, you would never know the city could look so spectacular until you try these locations!