Pittsburgh January 06, 2021
Breathe In The Fresh Air & Stay Socially Distant On These 5 Winter Hikes Near Pittsburgh
Wintertime’s meant for spending outdoors (then cozying up under a thick blanket to warm up). We’ve got an abundance of winter activities – skiing, sledding, snow tubing, and skateboarding – to fill the whole season. Hiking in the winter can also give us a unique perspective on nature, often at its prettiest blanketed in snow. Here are five winter hikes in Pittsburgh you’ll definitely want to check out.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. McConnells Mill State Park – Portersville
McConnells Mill State Park boasts more than 11 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult. For an easy trail, follow the half-mile Hell’s Hollow Trail that leads to a beautiful waterfall. (Wait until you see it frozen and sprinkled in snow.) For a more challenging trek, try the three-mile Kildoo Trail. Here’s the official website of
McConnells Mill State Park.
2. Keystone State Park – Derry
Keystone State Park transforms into a magical winter wonderland after a snowfall. Explore the winter wonderland along eight miles of hiking trails, with all six trails rating easy. Davis Run Trail, for example, stretches three miles and will lead you through the forest. Learn more on the official website of
Keystone State Park.
3. Moraine State Park – Portersville
Nearly 30 miles of hiking trails await at Moraine State Park, a picture-perfect destination any time of the year. Pleasant Valley Trail, at just under two miles, is a good trail if you want easy or if you want to do a little cross-country skiing. Once you’ve finished a hike, check out the other popular winter activities, including sledding and snowmobiling. Visit the official website of
Moraine State Park.
4. Laurel Hill State Park – Somerset
Laurel Hill State Park boasts a beautiful beach during the summer and more than 15 miles of hiking trails that are breathtaking when capped in snow. The trails range from easy to hard, with the easiest and the shortest totaling just a mile. Copper Kettle Trail will take you past the beach and to the picnic area. Check out the official website of
Laurel Hill State Park.
5. Forbes State Forest – Laurel Highlands
Discover a gorgeous winter landscape at Forbes State Forest. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and hiking are all popular winter activities. The forest, in fact, features more than 250 miles of hiking trails, so you’re sure to find one that appeals to you. If you’re up for a multi-day trek, you can even follow the Laurel Highlands Trail, which spans from Ohiopyle to Johnstown. Find more on the official website of
Forbes State Forest.
What are your favorite winter hikes near Pittsburgh? Let us know in the comments! Since we’re in the throes of another winter, who’s up for a bit of reminiscing? Here are
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