Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh Guide Book

by Bob Frye (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh  by Bob Frye

224pp/color maps/color photos
ISBN: 0762747420

Take a Hike! Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? This guide describes thirty-five of the best hikes in and around Pittsburgh, most of them within an hour’s drive of the city—from city parks practically within a stone’s throw of downtown to the bluffs above the Allegheny River in Harrison Hills Park, to the rugged Slippery Rock Gorge. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk or a strenuous day hike, this guide offers plenty of both: • The North Country Trail, one of America’s longest trails • Raccoon Creek State Park and its wondrous wildflowers • Pymatuning State Park and its famous spillway • The waterfalls of Ohiopyle State Park • Spectacular scenery, from Conemaugh Gap to Cook Forest State Park • Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, a haven for birds—and kids • Urban trails, including Frick Park

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 35.
... Preview: The Kennerdell Tract of Clear Creek State Forest hugs the Allegheny River where it twists and turns through Venango County. This particular hike follows trails that begin on a state game lands and con ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Polk, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.3
... Preview: The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has been buying and saving land in western Pennsylvania for more than seventy-five years. Most of the time, it secures unique and special natural places, then turn ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Ohiopyle, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 7.7
... Preview: A relatively short hike through a nature preserve that contains just 134 acres, this loop is nonetheless enjoyable, especially if you want to stay close to Pittsburgh. Beechwood is owned by the Audubo ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Fox Chapel, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
... Preview: Beginning at a neat little covered bridge, this is an easy hike along a gated road that follows Buffalo Creek on State Game Lands 232. Deer, waterfowl, squirrels, and other wildlife are common. A va ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Claysville, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
... Preview: If you like hiking on wide, flat trails—sort of like sidewalks without the concrete—this is not the hike for you. This hike starts uphill almost immediately and climbs for quite a while. The only pa ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Seward, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
... Preview: The second-most challenging portion of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail—a 70.0- mile backpacking trail—this hike includes a couple of serious climbs. The payoff comes in the form of multiple overlook ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Seward, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.2
... Preview: If you have any appreciation for endurance, you’ll enjoy walking this hike, which passes underneath some trees that were already old when George Washington was fighting for American independence. Th ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Rouseville, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.7
... Preview: This is a relatively easy hike along a gated road on State Game Lands 302 on the border of Greene and Washington Counties. The walk largely follows the Enlow Fork of Wheeling Creek and is rich in wild ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Wind Ridge, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
... Preview: This loop hike through Frick Park involves a few hills, but it’s relatively easy overall. Some of the sights you’ll see are the tiny Hot Dog Dam, an even smaller pond, and, if you’re lucky, people law ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Wilkinsburg, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.1
... Preview: This is an easy to moderate hike, with a few short but steep hills. Wildlife—notably white-tailed deer, gray and fox squirrels, and songbirds—are abundant throughout the grounds, and you’ll have the c ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Bobtown, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Part of the larger North Country National Scenic Trail, the Glacier Ridge Trail extends 14.0 miles across Moraine State Park. Within Moraine, the trail travels through pine plantations, mature and reg ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Prospect, PA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.2
... Preview: Despite being relatively short, this hike has enough climbs to get your attention. Add in a few waterfalls, a trail register that sometimes reads as funny as the script to a TV sitcom, and a section w ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Ligonier, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.8
... Preview: As hidden as any park can be in one of the state’s most populous counties, Harrison Hills offers some wonderful scenery and some truly challenging walking. The eastern end of the Rachel Carson Trail—a ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Butler Junction, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
... Preview: The center routinely hosts programs for children and adults on everything from tree identification and wildflowers to rattlesnakes and Native American culture. Most are free, and all are open to the p ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Prospect, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: The slightly more rugged of the two loops that make up the John P. Saylor Trail, this hike winds through areas of hardwood forest, across woodland meadows, and along Clear Shade Creek, with some wetla ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Windber, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.9
... Preview: This hike can be challenging if you do it end to end at one time. The Lake Trail portion, which clings to the steep hillside above Laurel Hill Lake, can be particularly tough, so you have to exercise ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Rockwood, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 7.1
... Preview: This hike covers 12.0 miles, but because it’s a joint biking and hiking trail, it’s paved along its entire length and the traveling is pretty easy. There’s a lot to see here, too, especially if you en ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Stoneboro, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 12
... Preview: Mount Davis is the highest point in Pennsylvania, with an elevation of 3,213 feet above sea level. Don’t come here expecting to see a singular majestic peak, however. The area around Mount Davis is on ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Salisbury, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.8
... Preview: This hike uses a number of trails that are part of the Mountain Streams trail system in Forbes State Forest. Sights along the way include Indian Creek, a very good trout stream (though in places you h ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
Ligonier, PA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 6.7
... Preview: This hike follows roads for its entire length, but don’t let that fool you. It is challenging. Only the middle portion of this hike, covering less than 2.0 miles, is even remotely flat. The rest of ... From the guidebook "Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh"
New Florence, PA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8.8