One of the greatest things about Pittsburgh's location in Western Pennsylvania is the beautiful integration of natural resources.
The natural beauty of the Pittsburgh region is perfect for an outdoor adventure on the trails! Check out our 5 Easy Pittsburgh-Area Hikes blog post if you're looking for light scenic exercise. If something more challenging is your cup of tea, strap on your boots and venture out for an adventure on one of these trails in and around the Pittsburgh region.
GAP Trail (moderate)
The Great Alleghany Passage, also known as the GAP Trail, is a cycling and hiking route that connects Pittsburgh and the historic C&O towpath in Cumberland, MD ultimately concluding in Washington D.C. Hiking the path will give you a beautiful view of this part of the country. The path is a total of 146.2 miles and winds along historic railroad trails. A weekend hiking or biking on any section of the GAP trail will leave you with a deep connection with nature and memories that you won't soon forget.
Montour Trail (moderate)
The Montour Trail, which carves a "C" shape right around the city, connects the two towns of Coraoplois, PA (the north) and Clairton, PA (the south). A total of about 47 miles, the trail has a road that leads directly to the Pittsburgh International Airport and also has a connection to the GAP Trail mentioned above. The Montour Trail is dog friendly and perfect for running, biking, and checking out the beautiful wildlife of the region.
Rachel Carson Trail (advanced)
For a challenge, seasoned hikers should try the Rachel Carson Trail, named after the famed Pittsburgher environmentalist. The 34-mile passage is a primitive trail that offers no camp sites, trailside amenities, or switchbacks, but does offer steep hills (we're talking 50 degree slopes), some of which run along powerline cuts. The trail begins in Carson's home of Springdale, PA, just outside of the city and follows the Allegheny River North to Harrison Hills Park. Make sure to take your hiking boots and lots of water for this adventure.
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (advanced)
Just a short trip away in Stewart, PA is the Laurel Highland Hiking Trail which is a 27.9 miler and accessible year-round. This trail is great for hiking, running, and cross-country skiing in the winter. The trail begins in the always-gorgeous Ohiopyle State Park and spans across five different Pennsylvania counties! If you want to take a break from hiking while you're in Ohiopyle, check out our blog about white water rafting!
These are just a few area trails for moderate to advanced hikers in our little Western Pennsylvania area. But there are so many other trails that are perfect for your skill level. Grab your friends, your dog, and your reusable water-bottle, hit the trails, and explore the beauty of nature.