Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Bobtown, Pennsylvania 15315

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Friendship Hill National Historic Site Professional Guide

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"This is an easy to moderate hike, with lots of wildlife—notably, white-tailed deer, gray and fox squirrels, and songbirds— to be seen. You get some nice views of the Monongahela River, too. What makes this hike really unique, however, is the opportunity to visit the Gallatin House, where you can get a guided tour, watch a video presentation, and learn about an important if little known American."

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"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 chance to get some nice views of the Monongahela River. What makes this hike unique, however, is the opportunity to visit the Gallatin House, where you can get a guided tour, watch a video presentation, and learn a lot about an important if little-known man from America’s past. Hunting is not permitted on the site grounds, so this is a good place to hike on weekdays and on Saturdays in the fall." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh (Menasha Ridge Press)
Donna L. Ruff
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"Friendship Hill National Historic Site is a lesserknown gem in the National Park Service system as is its former owner, Albert Gallatin, in our familiar history. A visit is worth taking to amend that fact. A tour and hike on the beautiful grounds offer a truly educational and enjoyable time. The Gallatin House has been well preserved and boasts a most interesting history of a man who played a largely influential role in the forming of our country’s republic. Begin the tour and hike from the parking lot by walking up the paved path where you’ll find an information board and, up around the bend, a metal casting of Albert Gallatin in his surveying days." Read more
"Friendship Hill National Historic Site is home to about 10 miles of trails overall, so this particular hike takes in almost half of them. They’re some of the more relevant, too. It begins by delivering hikers to Albert Gallatin’s home, for starters. It’s a house that’s seen a lot of changes. The home, as it originally existed, was a two-story brick structure, built in 1789 for Gallatin’s first wife, Sophia. For his second wife, with whom he had children, he added on in 1798 and 1823. At various times in between, he had a barn, well, orchard, vegetable and pleasure gardens, and a gardener’s cottage added. Visitors can tour portions of the house—those that existed in the Gallatin era—at the start of this hike. Rooms showcase period furnishings and other exhibits." Read more

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Trail Information

Bobtown
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS Masontown
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Dec 2018