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Resources & Organizations

Parks Agencies

Allegheny County Parks Department

Maintains nine county parks in the greater Pittsburgh area, which feature varied topography and hundreds of miles of trails.

PA Department of Conservation + Natural Resources

State agency charged with maintaining and preserving 116 state parks; managing 2.1 million acres of state forest land; providing information on the state's ecological and geologic resources; and establishing community conservation partnerships with grants and technical assistance to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks, open space and natural areas.

Allegheny National Forest

One of 155 National Forests manages by the USDA Forest Service. This vast tract of land, once almost barren, was set aside in 1931 and has since become a mature second-growth forest.

Trails Organizations

Allegheny Trail Alliance

The Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, Md. and Pittsburgh. IN Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous trail experience, 335 miles long to Washington, D.C.

DCNR Rails to Trails Guide

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources information on trails proposed, open and under construction.

Friends of the Riverfront

Increases awareness and engagement with the Pittsburgh region’s rivers and riverfronts through activities, stewardship and expansion of water and land trails.

Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy

A nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the development, protection and promotion of hiking, biking and walking trails throughout western Pennsylvania.

Water Resources

PA Fish + Boat Commission

State agency responsible for the protection and management of Pennsylvania's aquatic resources. Issues fishing liscences and boat registrations.

Riverlife

Nonprofit organization bringing economic development, design, and recreation to the downtown riverfronts by working with property owners, public leaders and community groups.  

Local Cycling Organizations

Allegheny Cycling Association

Conducts and organizes bicycle racing for riders of all abilities within Western Pennsylvania and encourages nationwide competition of its members.

Bike Pittsburgh

Partners with local stakeholders to increase the safety and accessibility of bike transportation in the city through street, bridge and trail improvement. Also check out their Google Calendar of local events.

Healthy Ride

Pittsburgh's bike share program. Rent a bicycle from any of the conveniently located Healthy Ride stations 24/7 for as little as $2 for every half hour.  

Pedal Pittsburgh

The region's premier cycling event celebrating design, health and fitness, and urban lifestyles.

Western PA Wheelmen

Founded in 1969; one of the largest cycling clubs in Pennsylvania.

Local Outdoors Organizations

Allegheny Outdoor Club

An organization based in northwestern Pennsylvania that maintains a weekly schedule of hosted hiking, biking, winter skiing activities and special events.

Explorers Club of Pittsburgh

Founded in 1947, the club is devoted to outdoor exploration and adventure in the western Pennsylvania region. Members participate in activities as diverse as mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, caving, cycling, backpacking, environmental and community service projects, and a host of outdoor sports.

Keystone Ramblers

Local organization that maintains a schedule of hikes arranged into different themed series.

Venture Outdoors

A nonprofit organization devoted to increasing participation in outdoor recreational activity through sponsorship of biking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, climbing, nature observation and skiing in the western Pennsylvania region.

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