McConnells Mill State Park is a 2,546-acre park that encompasses the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. The park offers two climbing areas for experienced climbers--the Rim Road Climbing Area and the more rugged area near Breakneck Bridge. The Climbing Wall Inc. offers 14,000 sq. ft. of climbing space and private classes. The Climbing Wall offers two-hour party packages that as of September 2009 cost $150 for 10 people, with an additional $12 for each extra person, up to a limit of 25.
The Climbing Wall Inc.
7501 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208
Kayaking and Canoeing
Western Pennsylvania is full of shallow, slow-moving rivers and secluded lakes, making it the perfect place for a canoeing or kayaking getaway. Kayak Pittsburgh offers kayaking packages downtown, on Lake Elizabeth and in North Park. Canoeing is also available in North Park. Hazelbaker's Recreational Services is in Layton, less than 30 minutes south of Pittsburgh. Hazelbaker's offers short and long trips on the Youghiogheny River that, as of September 2009, range in price from $18.50 to $27.50 per person. The company also offers an overnight trip for an additional $12 per person.
304 Forbes Ave.,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
Hazelbaker's Recreational Services
654 Layton Road
Perryopolis, Pennsylvania 15473-1354
Laurel Ridge State Park is a 13,625-acre state park that stretches between Ohiopyle and Johnstown. The park includes a 70-mile hiking trail, and camping is available in shelters along the trail. Ohiopyle State Park connects to the Laurel Ridge Hiking Trail. Fourteen miles of the Youghiogheny River pass through the park. A day-use area surrounds Ohiopyle Falls, which offers picnicking and restrooms. There are 226 camping sites in the park, 27 of which are primitive, walk-in only sites. Hot water shower houses with flush toilets as well as platform tents and yurts are available with reservations.
Explore Pittsburgh on two human-powered wheels as you and your party take a ride on one of Pittsburgh's bike trails. Golden Triangle Bike Rental offers self-guided tours of Pittsburgh's North Side, Washington Landing and Point State Park. As of September 2009, bike rental costs $8 to $11 an hour or $30 to $40 dollars a day. The company offers mountain, road and tandem bikes, as well as child trailers and tag-a-longs for children who aren't ready to pedal on their own.
Golden Triangle Bike Rental
600 First Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
The Blue Knob Ski Resort in Claysburg is on Pennsylvania's second-highest mountain. In addition to downhill skiing, it offers snowboarding, tubing and cross-country skiing. The Club House Bar & Grill and The Black Bear Inn are in the Alpine Village. The Black Bear Inn can host parties of between 20 and 60 people. The Summit Cafe and Muellers Pub are on the mountaintop. Packages are available for groups of 20 or more.
Blue Knob All Seasons Resort
P.O. Box 247
Claysburg, Pennsylvania 16625