Pittsburgh June 07, 2017
7 Amazing Pittsburgh Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love
Explore hidden corners of Pittsburgh – and a bit beyond – when you hit the trails of these seven amazing Pittsburgh hikes under three miles. Hikes range from a mile to three miles and will take you past spectacular scenery and bring you closer to nature. Here are seven Pittsburgh hikes you’ll want to add to your summer itinerary.
1. Ohiopyle Ferncliff Trail
Enjoy a leisurely two mile hike through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Western Pennsylvania. The Ohiopyle Ferncliff Trail winds along the Youghiogheny River and past Ohiopyle Falls, the perfect spot for taking photos. Hike the Ohiopyle Ferncliff Trail alone, with the kids, or with your beloved pup as the trail is both well-maintained and relatively easy.
Ohiopyle Fercliff Trail is located at Ohiopyle State Park, 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470.
2. Spring Hollow Trail
Spend a relaxing day among nature when you hike Spring Hollow Trail, a one-mile trail in the picturesque Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. The hidden Fox Chapel natural oasis boasts nine trails, each under a mile. Embark on the Spring Hollow Trail, the simplest trail with which to start. The trail winds past a meadow, a stream hollow, a pond, and a forest.
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve is located at 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238.
3. Harmony Trail
Drink in the spectacular natural scenery on the one mile North Hills Harmony Trail in Wexford. The good news is, if you're still in the mood for more hiking when you finish the mile hike, you can trek to nearby North Park, where you can start along the 30-mile Rachel Carson Trail.
Start your hike on the Harmony Trail from Wexford's Brennan Road intersection on Route 910.
4. Meadow Run Trail
Stroll along the three mile Meadow Run Trail, at Ohiopyle State Park, that culminates with perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring views in nature: Cucumber Falls. The 30-foot waterfall is the perfect reward for completing this moderate trail that will take you past the Meadow Run Natural Water Slide. The Meadow Run Trail is open from May through September each year.
Ohiopyle State Park is located at 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470.
5. Steel Valley Trail
Stay close to the city as you hike along the Steel Valley Trail. The crushed limestone and paved trial, which spans two miles, welcomes hikers, bikers, and walkers. You'll trek from the Waterfront in Homestead to McKeesport (or vice-versa). Once you arrive in McKeesport, you can continue your journey to the Great Allegheny Passage, which picks up in Clairton. The Great Allegheny Passage winds to Cumberland, Maryland.
6. Lake Trail
Lace up your hiking shoes for your journey along Lake Trail at Raccoon Creek State Park. The picturesque 1.9 mile trail, which is moderately difficult, promises spectacular scenery, including a view of Raccoon Lake and the remnants of an 1840's stone springhouse.
Raccoon Creek State Park is located at 3000 PA-18, Hookstown, PA 15050.
7. Kildoo Trail
Be prepared for varied terrain when you hike the two-mile loop Kildoo Trail at McConnells Mill State Park. Hike adjacent to Slippery Rock Creek, along paved and rocky patches, to Eckert Bridge.
McConnells Mill State Park is located at 1761 McConnells Mill Road, Portersville, PA 16051.
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