Pittsburgh March 17, 2019
Kick Off Spring In Pittsburgh With These 7 Scenic Hikes Under One Mile
Nothing says spring like longer days, golden sunshine, and a gentle breeze. After being cooped up all winter, we’re ready to spend as much time as we can outdoors. And, one of the best ways to celebrate spring is by embarking on an easy, picturesque hike. These seven hikes near Pittsburgh are under a mile (or just a bit over) and provide an ideal way to spend time outdoors.
1. Art White Trail – Raccoon Creek State Park
Stroll through a pine forest along the Art White Trail at Raccoon Creek State Park. The quarter of a mile trail also provides a peek at the spectacular Wildflower Reserve. Of course, if you're up for a more vigorous hike, head out on the Jennings Trail, which spans 1.5 miles and will take you directly to the Wildflower Reserve.
2. Buttermilk Falls Natural Area – Beaver Falls
What's better than a scenic hike? One that includes a breathtaking waterfall, of course. That's just what you'll get when you set out on the half-mile trek to Buttermilk Falls at Buttermilk Falls Natural Area in Beaver Falls. Wear sturdy shoes for your picturesque hike past lush green trees and a stone creek, and up stone stairs. You'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Buttermilk Falls.
3. McCune Run Trail – Keystone State Park
Keystone State Park's the perfect spring destination. Pack a picnic lunch then embark on McCune Run Trail, where you'll get a close up view of an abandoned beaver pond as well as wetland meadows. The McCune Run Trail connects to the easy, three-mile Davis Run Trail, if you're still up for more adventure.
4. Fall Run Trail – Fall Run Park
Did you know Allegheny County's home to a single waterfall? Nestled in Shaler's Fall Run Park, the waterfall sits at the end of the one-mile Fall Run Trail. The trail will take you past lush trees and over a footbridge until you arrive at the base of the waterfall. For an overhead view, climb the stairs next to the waterfall.
5. Copper Kettle Trail – Laurel Hill State Park
Plan an enchanting day among nature at Laurel Hill State Park. Stroll along the one-mile Copper Kettle Trail that follows Laurel Hill Lake. Be careful, however, as the trail is also popular with bikers. The trail winds from the #4 picnic area to the sandy beach.
6. Harmony Trail – Wexford
Next, we'll head to the one-mile Harmony Trail in Wexford. Start the trail at Brennan Road in Pittsburgh then stroll along the crushed-stone surface. The picturesque trail is predominately flat and connects to the popular Rachel Carson Trail.
7. Spring Hollow Trail – Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve provides a breathtaking backdrop for a day among nature. Explore the sprawling nature reserve along one of its nine trails spanning a total of five miles. Even better? Each hiking trail is less than a mile, promising a relaxing hike no matter which one you choose. Spring Hollow Trail, however, is considered the easiest and will give you close up views of the pond, a forest, and a meadow.
Do you have any favorite spring hikes near Pittsburgh? Tell us about ’em in the comments! Then,
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