McConnells Mill State Park Pittsburgh

8 Fun Fall Fitness Activities in Pittsburgh

One of the best things about fall is that the cooler temperatures make you want to get more active.

1. Take a Hike

While Pittsburgh itself is home to many great parks to stretch your legs, there are also many places not too far from the city that are great to visit in the fall. McConnells Mill State Park is one of my favorite places for a picturesque hike that's only a quick drive away. My boyfriend, Mitch, and I take our pup, Max there to hike along the water and watch the kayakers. I can't tell who loves the trails more, us or Max!

2. 'Tis the Season for Turkey Trots

I'm sure this one is already on many of your lists, but I can't leave out the always popular turkey trots! While there are dozens of regional turkey trots taking place all over western Pennsylvania, I'm the most excited about the PNC YMCA Turkey Trot. The race has a variety of events ranging from a 1 mile, 5k or 5 mile. The race is held during Thanksgiving Week, Nov. 23-29).

EQT 10 Miler Medals Pittsburgh
EQT 10 Miler Medals

3. You Can Go the Distance

If you're feeling up for a longer run this fall, you'll definitely want to check out the EQT 10 Miler. Pittsburgh's famed "Fall Road Race" takes runners on a scenic route throughout the city, with the starting line located near Station Square. Each mile of the course celebrates a unique feature of Pittsburgh:

  • Pittsburghese
  • Mister Rogers’ neighborhood
  • Pittsburgh sports
  • Pickles and pierogies, and more -- 

The live race is BACK, so get ready for some extra excitement in 2021! 


4. Take the Ropes Course Challenge 

Enjoy a trip to the Laurel Highlands and Nemacolin Woodlands for the ultimate outdoor adventure. Located about an hour and a half south of Pittsburgh, Nemacolin's Adventure Center has activities for weekend warriors to accomplished athletes. Challenge yourself on the 20' Ropes Course featuring nine obstacles and a 250' classic zip line. The Adventure Center also has:

  • A climbing wall
  • A canopy tour
  • An off-road Jeep experience
  • Paintball and more!
Harpers Ferry Pittsburgh
Path Through the Woods at Harper's Ferry

5. Go on a Fitness & Foliage Road Trip

One of the most important things about finding time for fitness, especially in the colder months, is remembering to keep it fun. What better way than pairing your workout with a road trip? Harper's Ferry is the perfect place to get your workout in on a hike while also getting to enjoy some scenic views, local farm to table cuisine, and of course, the fall foliage. If you're looking to head a bit further out-of-town, Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

6. Go for a Climb – Inside!

If you'd rather stay indoors to exercise, check out The Climbing Wall in Point Breeze. Whether you're a seasoned climbed or a newbie, this gym welcomes all levels and offers both on-rope and off-rope climbing experiences. The experts at the Climbing Wall offer different lessons, classes, and certifications, as well as daily passes and a variety of membership options for regulars. For another great climbing facility in Pittsburgh, check out ASCEND, which emphasizes bouldering, but also has roped courses and cross-training equipment. Climbing is a great workout for your entire body and fun way to mix it up from your normal gym or running routine.

Sky Zone, a trampoline park in Pittsburgh
Sky Zone Trampoline Park

7. Bounce, Jump & Dunk

As we're all kids at heart, fall is a great time to channel your younger days and get your workout in indoors at a trampoline park. Sky Zone is a popular park that not only has trampolines but also 10,000 foam cubes that are just waiting for you to jump in. They offer a variety of events:

  • Open jumps
  • Dodgeball
  • Skyslam - where trampoline launch pads allow you to dunk like a pro
  • Skyrobics - a fitness class that is sure to make all other aerobics classes look boring!

Ice Rink with holiday decorations and Christmas Tree in PPG Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA
Mass Mutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink

8. Take It to the Ice

One of my favorite pastimes growing up in Pittsburgh is coming down to the rink at PPG to go ice skating every year. And while Christmas may still be a little while away, this November, both the PPG rink and the Schenley Park rink will be open and ready for you to show off your moves. Get ready to make some new memories – either with friends, on a date night, or with the entire family – while burning a few calories on the ice.