Spring’s all about spending time outdoors. Fortunately, we have plenty to keep us busy in these warmer months – from visiting the returning farmers markets to hanging out at local parks. Spring’s also an ideal time to go on a picnic and to hike. Why not combine the two? Here are seven picture-perfect picnic hikes, some of the best hikes in Pittsburgh, that will make your spring complete.

What are your favorite picnic hikes in Pittsburgh? Do you think these are some of the best hikes in Pittsburgh? Let us know in the comments! Then take a peek at the best places to have a picnic in Pittsburgh (minus the hiking).


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Best Hikes In Pittsburgh

What are the most scenic hikes in Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh’s brimming with beauty, both natural and manmade. One of the best ways to admire that beauty is on a hike. We have dozens of trails from which to choose in the city and a bit beyond. If you’re a fan of the water, head out on one of the most scenic waterfront hikes in Pittsburgh. The North Shore Trail, for example, spans six miles and passes some of the Pittsburgh’s most iconic landmarks – PNC Park, Heinz Field, and Mister Rogers’ statue. If you’re hiking in the summertime, cool off on the water steps. If you’re up for a drive, head out to McConnells Mill State Park. The short and sweet three-mile Kildoo Trail will take you past a waterfall, a grist mill, and chiseled rock formations. (Don’t forget your camera!) Beach Trail/Lake Trail at Raccoon Creek State Park tallies less than half of a mile and is especially popular in the summer, especially if you want to lounge on the beach or cool off in the lake.

Is there a lot to do at Keystone State Park near Pittsburgh?

We’re quite fortunate to live within easy driving distance of quite a few state parks near Pittsburgh – Moraine State Park, Ohiopyle State Park, and Laurel Hill State Park, to name just a few. Keystone State Park is a perfect, family-friendly destination all-year around. It offers a slew of activities – hiking, biking, and picnicking. The fun doesn’t stop in the winter when adventurers head to the state park for a bit of cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice skating. In the summertime, pack all of your beach gear for a day lounging on the sandy beach. No matter what time of the year you visit, you’ll likely find a single day just isn’t enough. The campground at Keystone State Park is open all year around, whether you want to pitch a tent, park your RV, or rent one of the modern cabins. The cozy state park 45 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh also features two yurts for a unique camping experience.