North Park Nature Center Loop Trail

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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If you enjoy birds and wildflowers, you’ll love this hike. An uphill jaunt carries you to an open meadow complete with an observation blind. Bring your binoculars. The Latodami Nature Center is open only for special programs: many are offered both in the field and inside the center, and outings take place elsewhere in the park. The surroundings of the nature center include a butterfly house, planted flowers, and a picnic shelter. On the side of the nature center are vibrant colorful paintings of the various butterflies of the area including the Titus swallowtail, fritillary, checkered white, spicebush swallow, spring azure, pink lady, and silverspotted skipper. There is also a pond you can reach by taking a 10- to 15-minute walk on the Pond Trail below the nature center.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh

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by Donna L. Ruff (Menasha Ridge Press)

If you enjoy birds and wildflowers, you’ll love this hike. An uphill jaunt carries you to an open meadow complete with an observation blind. Bring your binoculars. The Latodami Nature Center is open only for special programs: many are offered both in the field and inside the center, and outings take place elsewhere in the park.

The surroundings of the nature center include a butterfly house, planted flowers, and a picnic shelter. On the side of the nature center are vibrant colorful paintings of the various butterflies of the area including the Titus swallowtail, fritillary, checkered white, spicebush swallow, spring azure, pink lady, and silverspotted skipper. There is also a pond you can reach by taking a 10- to 15-minute walk on the Pond Trail below the nature center.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pittsburgh
Distance: 1.7
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,050 feet
Top Elevation: 1,300 feet
Local Contacts: North Park
Local Maps: USGS Emsworth
Driving Directions: Directions to North Park: Nature Center Loop Trail

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May 2018