Pittsburgh’s hiding plenty of amazing secrets – places that few know about or sites that have simply slipped into the background of memories. Here are eight hidden gems in Pittsburgh you’ll definitely want to check out.
1. The Fountain of Youth – Kummer Road, Allison Park
People travel the world over to find the illusive Fountain of Youth. Who would have thought it was right here in Allison Park? Well, at least that's what people thought it was until the 1950s and, as a result, flocked to the fountain that pumped pure water. Today, the Fountain of Youth still stands, a storied spot now a memory, without a working pump or water.
2. Powdermill Nature Reserve – 1847 PA-381, Rector, PA 15677
Meander along the trails at the sprawling Powdermill Nature Reserve, a part of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Pass through woodlands, alongside ponds, and jump over streams as you explore the pristine land that is home to native wildlife and plants.
3. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – 799 Pinkerton Run Road Oakdale, PA 15071
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden boasts itself as the city's lone public garden and welcomes visitors to experience its sprawling gardens, historic homestead, and play area by strolling along the numerous trails. In addition to main and family trails, Pittsburgh Botanic Garden also features wheelchair accessible trails.
4. Fall Run Waterfall – 187 Fall Run Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116
A quaint park in Glenshaw hides a spectacular waterfall at the end of a simple one mile stroll. Fall Run Park features basketball hoops, a playground, and a soccer field. But, the masterpiece is undoubtedly Fall Run waterfall. Marvel at the waterfall from its base or climb stairs to get a bird's eye view of the rushing water.
5. City of Asylum – 324 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
City of Asylum, a partnership between the Pittsburgh community and select exiled literary writers, provides a safe place for writers, in danger in their own country, to safely create. The community is invited to become involved by attending regular events, such as performances and readings.
6. Hope Haven Farm Animal Sanctuary – 2506 Wexford Bayne Road, Sewickley, PA 15143
Find inspiration at Hope Haven Farm Animal Sanctuary, a sanctuary dedicated to providing a safe haven and a loving home for previously abused, neglected, and unwanted farm animals. Run by a local veterinarian, the sanctuary offers tours from May through October and also welcomes volunteers.
7. Succop Nature Park – 185 East Airport Road, Butler, PA 16002
Embrace nature at Succop Nature Park, part of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. Join scheduled hikes and educational events. The nature park also holds events throughout the year, such as a holiday tea and Halloween family events.
8. Allegheny Cemetery – 4734 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Dating back to 1845, Allegheny Cemetery spans nearly 300 acres. Over 120,000 people, including such well-known figures as actress Lillian Russell, are currently buried in the sprawling cemetery that is dotted with artwork and countless species of trees.