Welcome to Pittsburgh! What do you want to do first? Not sure yet? Well what about plans for tomorrow? …Well you still have time to decide… Where are you staying? You haven't booked a hotel yet?!?!
Western Pennsylvania is home to some of the most diverse landscape in the United States.
Pittsburgh is a green city – not just because of our environmentally friendly buildings and city programs, but because of our parks! Hike, bike, hunt, fish, canoe or ride through our beautiful backyard.
Pittsburgh has five city parks totaling almost 2,000 acres of city land and that's not even counting the rivers and state park also within city limits. In fact, Emerald View Park sits atop Mt. Washington and allows hikers to enjoy the serenity of nature just 5 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Venture over to the North Side and take a horseback ride along the trails in Riverview Park. Looking for a more challenging afternoon adventure in the city? Head over to the city's educational hub of Oakland, home of Schenley Park, the city's civic park and daily destination for students, business people and outdoor enthusiast who all come to enjoy the beauty and diverse activities.
Thirteen miles of Downtown Pittsburgh's riverfront park system interconnect to form Three Rivers Park, featuring more than 800 acres of open space for the general public to enjoy. Current boundaries are marked by the West End Bridge over the Ohio River, the 31st Street Bridge over the Allegheny River and the Hot Metal Bridge over the Monongahela River. North Shore Riverfront Park shows off one of the city's greatest examples of revitalization, attracting joggers, cyclists and boaters to the area surrounding the beauty of Heinz Field and PNC Park. On the other side of the Allegheny is the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Riverfront Plaza, which provides a passageway from Point State Park to the Strip District and gives people a place to gather in front of the largest "green" building in the world. A five-acre parking lot dating back to the days of Pittsburgh's heavy industrial age was replaced with flood-resistant plants, water-access steps and improved infrastructure to create the Mon Wharf Landing. Across the Monongahela is the South Shore Riverfront Park, located at the popular SouthSide Works complex. The park features a piazza, boat dock and concert stage and serves as an important connection for the Great Allegheny Passage and Three Rivers Heritage Trail.
Head out into Allegheny County's beautiful wilderness on horseback, canoe or by foot with a visit to Deer Lakes Park. The 180-acres park offers three fishing lakes, ball fields and many other outdoor activities. South Park offers fun for the whole family. The park features a BMX track, wave pool, nature center and off-lease dog areas for some intense games of fetch! Additional county park information can be found at the Allegheny County Parks Department which features a complete list of parks and their activities just outside Pittsburgh.
What better way to experience Pittsburgh than spending the afternoon at Point State Park. The park is home to the iconic Point State Park Fountain which, after undergoing extensive reconstruction, reopened in June 2013. The park and fountain are the key elements to the iconic Pittsburgh skyline photos from Mt. Washington. Venture into the Laurel Highlands to experience everything Ohiopyle State Park has to offer. Hunting, biking and snowmobile trails are only the start! Lawrence County's McConnells Mill State Park offers visitors nine miles of hiking trails through Slippery Rock Gorge or white water boating along the swift moving Slippery Rock Creek which boast Class I-IV rapids. Looking for a park with a little bit of everything? Moraine State Park just an hour north of Pittsburgh has it all: camping, boating, swimming, hiking, biking, sledding, cross-county skiing and much more!
Allegheny County Parks Department
Maintains nine county parks in the greater Pittsburgh area, which feature varied topography and hundreds of miles of trails.
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was founded in December 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh's historic city parks. A nonprofit organization, the Parks Conservancy has worked closely with the City of Pittsburgh since 1998 under an official private interest partnership agreement to restore the city's parks. The Parks Conservancy’s mission is to Improve the quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence in partnership with government and the community. Projects and programs are conducted with respect for the environment, historic design, and the needs of our diverse region.
To date, the Parks Conservancy has raised over $124 million for parks and has completed 22 major improvement projects. Currently active in 22 of the city’s 165 parks, the Parks Conservancy has expanded into community and neighborhood parks throughout Pittsburgh.
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.