7 Gorgeous Lakes To Visit Around Pittsburgh This Summer

If only summer could last forever…but, because it often ends all too soon, Pittsburghers know how to soak up every minute of the summer sun. Those of us who love the water have plenty to do in Pittsburgh – local swimming pools, Sandcastle Water Park, spray parks, and even lakes. Here are seven beautiful lakes in Pittsburgh to visit this summer (disclaimer: you will have to drive quite a distance outside of the city for most of them):

Now that you’ve seen the best seven lakes in Pittsburgh to visit this summer, which other lakes do you think should make the list? What do you think are the most beautiful lakes in Pittsburgh? Let us know! Then check out the five best beaches in Pittsburgh you’ll also want to add to your summer bucket list.

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Beautiful Lakes In Pittsburgh

June 16, 2022

What are some of the best waterfront hiking trails in Pittsburgh?

We can all probably agree that we have an abundance of beautiful lakes in Pittsburgh that are perfect for swimming, boating, and fishing. However, what happens when we’re up for a scenic hike that boasts stellar views of the water? We seek out some of the best waterfront trails in Pittsburgh. Slip on a pair of comfy walking shoes for the beautiful trek along the six-mile North Shore Trail. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera, too, because you’ll pass a slew of iconic sites – from PNC Park to The Carnegie Science Center. Carve out enough time, too, if you plan to stop at some of the attractions along the way. Escape the city and head to Keystone State Park, where you’ll find a network of scenic hiking trails, including the Lakeside Loop Trail. It’s perfect for bringing a picnic along. Definitely bring your beach gear along if you head to Raccoon Creek State Park. After a journey along the half of a mile Beach Trail, score a spot on the sandy beach then head into the lake to cool off.

Are there any picnic hikes in Pittsburgh?

A leisurely hike is certainly good for the soul, and all of that fresh air? Absolutely heavenly. Take your next Pittsburgh hike to the next level by packing a picnic and stopping for a leisurely meal. Frick Park promises a picture-perfect setting for a picnic AND a beautiful hike. Follow the five-mile Frick Park Tour Loop Trail, where you’ll be treated to some of the city’s most breathtaking natural beauty. Then grab one of the picnic tables for a bit of relaxation. Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg is a bit of a drive from Pittsburgh, but it offers everything you need for a fun day outdoors – from beautiful hiking trails and boat rentals to exploring the lake to a snack bar. It’s also the perfect place for a leisurely picnic.