Pittsburgh April 28, 2019
7 Picnic Perfect Pittsburgh Hikes That Will Make Your Spring Complete
Spring’s all about spending time outdoors. And, we have plenty to keep us busy in these warmer months – from visiting the returning farmer’s markets to hanging out at local parks. Spring’s also an ideal time to go on a picnic and to hike. So, why not combine the two? Here are seven picture-perfect picnic hikes in Pittsburgh that will make your spring complete.
1. Riverview Park
Spend a leisurely afternoon or evening at Riverview Park where you can embark on a picturesque hike before enjoying a picnic. Set off on the 2.7-mile Loop Trail through a picture-perfect wooded area that attracts hikers, horseback riders, and plenty of deer. The park itself boasts a playground and picnic tables, an ideal way to cap off your hike.
2. Frick Park
Explore the forest – or at least feel like it – when you set off on the Frick Park Tour Loop Trail. The nearly five mile trail winds through the popular Pittsburgh park. Bring your kids and your pooches along. And, after you’ve finished the trail, which can take a few hours depending on how fast you walk, enjoy a picnic as the kids play on the playground.
3. Schenley Park
Head out on one off Schenley Park’s hiking trials, such as Panther Hollow Trail. Spanning just 1.8 miles, the dog-friendly trail features plenty of opportunities to see local wildlife. Of course, the park also offers a ton to do
after your hike. Spread out at a picnic table for a leisurely lunch. Go swimming in the pool (during the summer). Or, watch the kids play at the playground.
4. Twin Lakes Park
Twin Lakes Park provides an idyllic setting for both a leisurely hike and a relaxing picnic. Start your visit by meandering along 2.4-mile Twin Lakes Loop Trail, a popular trail that features plenty of hikers, walkers, and dog walkers. (Just make sure you keep your dog on a leash.) Lay claim to one of the lakeside picnic tables. And, if you’ve forgotten to bring food, stop by the Boathouse, where you can stock up on food and drinks or rent a paddle boat, a rowboat, or a canoe.
5. Fall Run Park
What do you get when you combine a leisurely hike, a waterfall,
and a picnic? A delightful afternoon in Pittsburgh, of course. Stroll along the 1.4-mile Fall Run Trail. Pass a stream, and cross over a wooden bridge. Then, arrive at the base of the 30-foot Fall Run Waterfall. Climb the wooden stairs for another view of the waterfall before heading to the pavilion for a picnic.
6. Keystone State Park
Grab your picnic basket as you set off on the 1.9-mile Keystone Lake Loop Trail, a picturesque trail that will lead you alongside the shimmering lake. Enjoy a leisurely stroll and, when hunger strikes, relax at one of the picnic tables overlooking the lake.
7. Moraine State Park
Embark on the delightfully easy and scenic Pleasant Valley Trail. Spanning just 1.9 miles, the trail will take you through charming wooded areas and sprawling grassy spots. And, you’ll hike right past two picnic areas, perfect for stopping and enjoying a leisurely lunch or dinner. After your picnic and hike, explore the rest of the state park that offers a full menu of activities, including swimming, boating, and bike riding.
What are your favorite picnic hikes in Pittsburgh? Let us know in the comments! Then,
click here to read about some of the best places to have a picnic (minus the hiking).