7 Lesser-Known State Parks Near Pittsburgh That Will Absolutely Amaze You

We Pittsburghers are fortunate to live within driving distance of a plethora of state parks. Some of them – Moraine State Park and Keystone State Park, for example – are household names, but, did you know there is a smattering of other, lesser-known state parks near the city of Pittsburgh? Some are tiny, while others stretch thousands of acres. Here are seven of them that you’ll definitely want to visit ASAP:

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Address: Allegheny Islands State Park, Cheswick, PA 15024, USA
Address: Hillman State Park, Burgettstown, PA 15021, USA
Address: 361 Bristoria Rd, Graysville, PA 15337, USA
Address: 1454 Laurel Hill Park Rd, Somerset, PA 15501, USA
Address: 943 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501, USA
Address: 770 Linn Run Rd, Rector, PA 15677, USA
Address: Laurel Ridge State Park, Rockwood, PA 15557, USA
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State Parks to Visit Near Pittsburgh

January 08, 2022

Where are the best parks in Pittsburgh?  

Who says you can’t enjoy the great outdoors in a big city? We certainly don’t! Pittsburgh is home to some truly wonderful parks, trails, and other outdoors activities to kill time even during the warmest (and coldest) months of the year. Some of the best parks in Pittsburgh include gems like Riverview Park, on Riverview Avenue, and Frick Park, on Beechwood Boulevard. We also really love Schenley Park, which lots of folks might just argue is THE best one in town, and there’s no shortage of state parks around here, either, like Point State Park, which features boating, hiking, and all sorts of other fun and interesting activities to partake in. There are also wonderful places like Grandview, which features, well, grand views of the city, and several riverfront parks like North Shore Riverfront Park, Allegheny Riverfront Park, and South Shore Riverfront Park. No matter which of these (and then some) you choose to spend the day at, you’re in for a wonderful adventure!  

What are some of the best hiking trails in Pittsburgh?  

Pittsburgh might be a city, but that doesn’t mean it’s without its fair share of hiking paths and trails to adventure upon. There are many, each varying in length and difficulty; should you be hoping for a more low-key afternoon, you might want to try any one of Pittsburgh’s wonderful shorter trails. We’re big fans of the Ohiopyle Ferncliff Trail, which is 100% funny-sounding name and 150% natural wonder. The trail is nestled in western Pennsylvania, not far from the Pitts. While in the area, you might also want to check out Meadow Run Trail, which features an absolutely spellbinding waterfall and is open from May to September. If you prefer something more in-town, check out the Spring Hollow Trail, which is hiding in Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve (which is in Pittsburgh, not outside of). For more information about each of these trails and then some, check this article out. You’re sure to find something to fall in love with in there!  

Address: Allegheny Islands State Park, Cheswick, PA 15024, USA
Address: Hillman State Park, Burgettstown, PA 15021, USA
Address: 361 Bristoria Rd, Graysville, PA 15337, USA
Address: 1454 Laurel Hill Park Rd, Somerset, PA 15501, USA
Address: 943 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501, USA
Address: 770 Linn Run Rd, Rector, PA 15677, USA
Address: Laurel Ridge State Park, Rockwood, PA 15557, USA