Pittsburgh has so many things to offer from the booming art scene, unique restaurants to the great sports teams and variety of festivals. But did you know that there are an abundance of great hiking trails within driving distance of the city? Here are 12 of my favorites!
Laurel Mountain State Park – Ligonier, PA
-Laurel Mountain is a ski area in the winter but a beautiful hiking spot in the warmer months. Although this hiking area is smaller, there is a beautiful outlook at the top that makes it worth a trip. More info!
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail – Rockwood, PA
-The Laurel Highlands hiking trail is a 70-mile trail in Western PA with several scenic overlooks and rock formations throughout. There are camping areas every 8-10 miles if you want to stay overnight on your hike. More info!
Ohiopyle State Park – Ohiopyle, PA
-Ohiopyle is a large state park with several trails that run along the Youghiogheny River. There are many waterfalls and beautiful picnic areas. Ohiopyle is connected to the 318-mile Great Allegheny Passage for hiking between Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. More info!
Moraine State Park – Portersville, PA
-The main feature of Moraine is a man-made lake called Lake Arthur, however, there are great hiking trails throughout the surrounding park. There are 6 hiking trails that accommodate every skill level. The North Country Trail also passes through this park and runs from New York to North Dakota. More info!
McConnells Mill State Park – Portersville, PA
-Another great park in Portersville is the smaller 2,546 acre McConnells Mill State park. There are several trails throughout the park that lead to a waterfall and the scenic gorge with the restored watermill and a covered bridge at the bottom. More info!
Duff Park – Murrysville, PA
-Duff Park in Murrysville is a small hidden treasure in Westmoreland County. There are several trails with different difficulty levels but the main trail runs along a beautiful stream and up into the lush forest. More info!
Raccoon Creek State Park – Hookstown, PA
-The park has several trails and waterfalls to explore. The most unique aspect of the park however is the Wildflower Reserve that has over 700 different species of plants. More info!
Riverview Park – Pittsburgh, PA
-This park, located just four miles from downtown was actually the first park in the city of Pittsburgh. Although this park is much smaller than others on this list, it is worth a trip for the Allegheny Observatory at the top of the hill. More info!
Three Rivers Heritage Trail – Pittsburgh, PA
-This trail runs along the riverbanks in the South Side of Pittsburgh. The trail has wonderful views of the city and runs for about 25 miles. More info!
Baker Trail – Freeport, PA
-The Baker Trail is a 132-mile hiking trail that goes across the Allegheny River. This is a popular backpacking trail due to it’s length but can also be a beautiful day hike. More info!
Forbes State Forest – Laughlintown, PA
-Forbes State Forest is another trail located in the Laurel Highlands. It is home to Mount Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania. More info!
Rachel Carson Trail – Pittsburgh, PA
-The Rachel Carson Trail is a 35 mile hiking spot that runs through varied terrains. The great aspect of this hike is the diversity of sites throughout the hike from forests to parks to suburban neighborhoods. More info!