Highland Park Double Loop Trail

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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You can make your trip to Highland Park an hour or a day—or anything in between. The hike incorporates many visual pleasures. If you’re looking to spend some time, though, check out the park’s other amenities. Have you ever wondered how some local streets acquired their names? Most of the land upon which this park resides was originally owned by Alexander Negley (Negley Avenue) in the late 1700s. He operated a farm that was later expanded by his son, Jacob Negley. In 1837, the Negleys’ land holdings were subdivided by county surveyor Robert Hiland who gave his own name to Hiland Avenue (now Highland Avenue). The city of Pittsburgh annexed areas in 1868, and the current site made it ideal for the city’s drinking-water reservoir, which began operation in 1879 and quickly became a destination for residents. In 1893, after exhaustive efforts by Pittsburgh Director of Public Works Edward Bigelow (Bigelow Boulevard), Highland Park officially opened.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

by Donna L. Ruff (Menasha Ridge Press)

You can make your trip to Highland Park an hour or a day—or anything in between. The hike incorporates many visual pleasures. If you’re looking to spend some time, though, check out the park’s other amenities. Have you ever wondered how some local streets acquired their names? Most of the land upon which this park resides was originally owned by Alexander Negley (Negley Avenue) in the late 1700s. He operated a farm that was later expanded by his son, Jacob Negley. In 1837, the Negleys’ land holdings were subdivided by county surveyor Robert Hiland who gave his own name to Hiland Avenue (now Highland Avenue).

The city of Pittsburgh annexed areas in 1868, and the current site made it ideal for the city’s drinking-water reservoir, which began operation in 1879 and quickly became a destination for residents. In 1893, after exhaustive efforts by Pittsburgh Director of Public Works Edward Bigelow (Bigelow Boulevard), Highland Park officially opened.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pittsburgh
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 950 feet
Top Elevation: 1,000 feet
Local Contacts: Highland Park
Local Maps: USGS Pittsburgh East
Driving Directions: Directions to Highland Park Double Loop Trail

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