Pittsburgh January 15, 2018
The 6 Secret Parks Of Pittsburgh You’ve Never Heard Of But Need To Visit
Spending time outdoors, especially in and around Pittsburgh, is pretty easy. Just look at the network of city, county, and state parks. But, with all the parks in and near Pittsburgh, it’s pretty easy to overlook some of the hidden gems. Here are the best secret parks of Pittsburgh and beyond.
1. Fall Run Park – 187 Fall Run Road, Glenshaw, PA 15116
Fall Run Park boasts Pittsburgh’s highest waterfall. The 94-acre park in Glenshaw offers plenty to do – soccer fields, basketball courts, and playgrounds. The masterpiece of the park, however, is the waterfall that you can access at the end of an easy one-mile hike.
2. Buhl Farm Park – 715 Hazen Road, Hermitage, PA 16148
Just an hour from Pittsburgh, Buhl Farm Park promises so much to do and to see that it’s a must visit. The sprawling park features a slew of amenities, including a free nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, disc golf, a pool, and ice skating in the winter. Kids can explore the Children’s Butterfly Garden while dogs are welcome at the Paws Place Dog Park.
3. Mellon Square – Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Find tranquility in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Nestled atop a parking garage, Mellon Square spans 1.37 acres of lush green with water fountains
and a majestic cascading water fountain. The park promises the perfect opportunity to find peace and quiet among the hustle and bustle of downtown Pittsburgh.
4. Harrison Hills Park – 5200 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Drink in spectacular views of the 500-acres of Harrison Hill Parks from a charming overlook. The park in Natrona Heights features a nature center, soccer fields, and playgrounds. Nature lovers will discover several ponds along the network of picturesque hiking and walking trails.
5. White Oak Park – White Oak, PA 15131
Spend an enchanting day at White Oak Park. The more than 800-acre park offers a plethora of activities. Bring your pooch to play in numerous off-leash spots. Go hiking along the trails or play bocce, volleyball, or horseshoes. The enchanting Angora Gardens (pictured above) is near the park.
6. Allegheny Islands State Park – Cheswick, PA 15024
Allegheny Islands State Park is for adventurers only. That’s because you can’t just drive to a parking lot and explore. The park sits on two islands in the middle of the Allegheny River. Climb aboard a boat, a canoe, or a kayak to get to the state park. Once there, explore via the unmarked trails.
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