Pittsburgh April 20, 2017
10 Destinations In Pittsburgh Where You Can Surround Yourself In Nature
Slip away from the nonstop busyness of every day life to a place where you can reconnect with nature. Listen to the birds sing. Feel the warm sunshine on your skin. And, watch fields of flowers sway in a gentle breeze. Here are just 10 of the best places for nature lovers in Pittsburgh.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Buttermilk Falls Natural Area – 570 Valley Brook Road, New Florence, PA 15944
Allow the sound of a flowing waterfall to relax you after a short hike - protected by the canopy of trees - to the picturesque Buttermilk Falls. Gaze at nature's 40 foot masterpiece from above or in front of the waterfall. Or, feel the cool mist kiss your skin when you walk behind Buttermilk Falls.
2. Settlers Cabin Park – 1225 Greer Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Stroll through the spacious Settlers Cabin Park, which boasts a wave pool and a playground. But, perhaps more impressive for nature lovers in Pittsburgh are the meandering hiking trails that will take you past streams and a waterfall. Another spectacular feature of Settlers Cabin Park is...
3. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071
Nestled in the sprawling Settlers Cabin Park lies the fairy tale Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Pass a pond with floating lily pads and stepping stones, fields of wildflowers, and a picturesque fairy garden. Allot at least two hours for your visit - and wear comfy shoes - if you plan to explore the entire garden.
4. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Cross a quaint footbridge as you explore the 134 acre Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. The nature reserve is home to a variety of local wildlife species, including deer, red fox, and raccoons. Nature lovers can embark on one of the hiking trails for a self-guided tour or can join one of the educational hikes hosted by the nature reserve.
5. Sahli Nature Park – 194 McKinley Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Explore the lush forest at Sahli Nature Park, which also features an enchanting waterfall, a pond, a butterfly nursery, footbridges, and swings. Pack a picnic lunch or sit on one of the natural benches to watch the ducks and other wildlife that resides in the tranquil park.
6. Blacklick Valley Natural Area – 800 McFeaters Road, Seward, PA 15954
Wear comfortable shoes when you venture to Blacklick Valley Natural Area. Hike - or cross county ski in the winter - some or all of the six miles of trails that will take you past a swamp area (pictured above), rushing brooks, and under trees. Keep an eye out for some of the wildlife, including lizards, that you're likely to see.
7. Fern Hollow Nature Center – 1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley, PA 15143
Explore the tranquility of nature at Fern Hollow Nature Center. Picnic under the endless blue sky. Watch the sun set. Or, take the kids to the natural outdoor classroom, which features a play area and a community garden.
8. Jennings Environmental Education Center – 2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Discover jaw dropping beauty at Jennings Environmental Education Center. Meander past prairies and lush forest land. Or, hit one of the numerous hiking trails - Deer Trail, Old Elm Trail, and Ridge Trail - to explore the sprawling nature reserve. Hikes range from easy to difficult.
9. Keystone State Park – 1150 Keystone Park Road, Derry, PA 15627
Escape to Keystone State Park where you'll find plenty to do that will bring you closer to nature. Hike, swim, bike, or fish at the sprawling state park. Create unforgettable memories by camping at the park. Stay in a yurt, a cabin, a cottage, or an old-fashioned tent.
10. Moraine State Park – 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, PA 16051
Head to Moraine State Park for an outdoor adventure of swimming, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and windsurfing. Watch the native wildlife that inhabits the state park. Or, turn a day into a weekend adventure by camping in a traditional tent or by renting a rustic cabin.
Make every moment of spring count when you visit the 10 best places for nature lovers in Pittsburgh. And, if you enjoy bike riding, you’ll also want to
check out these beautiful bike trails around the city. Address: 1150 Keystone Park Road, Derry, PA 15627 Address: 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 Address: 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071 Address: 1901 Glen Mitchell Road, Sewickley, PA 15143 Address: 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, PA 16051 Address: 194 McKinley Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 Address: 570 Valley Brook Road, New Florence, PA 15944 Address: 2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057 Address: 1225 Greer Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 Address: 800 McFeaters Road, Seward, PA 15954