Zip up your backpack. Slip on your most comfortable shoes. Make sure you have plenty of water, a fully charged smartphone, and your camera. You’ll probably want to pack a few snacks and some sunscreen, especially during the warmer months, too. Then decide which of the five best hikes in Pittsburgh you’ll set off on today. Each will show you a side of the city, and Western Pennsylvania, you might never have seen before.

What do you think are the best hikes in Pittsburgh? Let us know in the comments! If you’re a fan of hiking and waterfalls, you’ll probably want to add these six waterfall hikes near Pittsburgh to your bucket list.

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Best Hikes In Pittsburgh

What are the best kid-friendly hikes around Pittsburgh?

Hiking’s one of the best ways to get outdoors, breathe in the fresh air, and have fun with the kiddos. Fortunately, we’ve got quite a few kid-friendly hikes around Pittsburgh. Did you know that Allegheny County’s home to a lone waterfall? Yep, and it just happens to sit at the end of a really easy, kid-friendly trail. Follow the one-mile Fall Run Trail that leads straights to a waterfall of the same name. You can view the waterfall from the base, or climb a set of stairs for an overhead angle.  Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel offers the chance to see wildlife up close and to hit one of its nine hiking trails, all of which are easy. Start with the Spring Hollow Trail, which will take you through a meadow and a forest and past a pond.

What are the most scenic hikes in Pittsburgh?

We all know that nothing beats the views of the Pittsburgh skyline, and there are a few trails on Mount Washington that offer sensational views of the city. Bring your camera along on the Emerald View Trail, a 2.6-mile trek boasts views of downtown and Heinz Field. Panther Hollow Trail, which winds through Schenley Park in Oakland, and South Side Steps and Hills Walk are other bucket-list worthy scenic hikes in Pittsburgh. If you follow the South Side Steps and Hills Walk, bring plenty of water, and be prepared to climb a lot of stairs.

Are there any easy hikes in Pittsburgh?

Easy hikes in Pittsburgh are simple to find. You just have to decide where in the city you want to explore. Up for an adventure in Frick Park? Follow the Frick Park Loop Trail, a five-mile hike that’s popular with hikers and those walking their dogs. You may be minutes from the city, but you’ll feel a million miles away from it all. If you prefer to spend some time wandering through Highland Park, maybe after a visit to the zoo, set off on the two-mile Highland Park Double Loop Trail. It features footbridges, a tiny waterfall, and a ton of lush foliage in the warmer months.