Maintains nine county parks in the greater Pittsburgh area, which feature varied topography and hundreds of miles of trails.
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.
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.
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.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources information on trails proposed, open and under construction.
Increases awareness and engagement with the Pittsburgh region’s rivers and riverfronts through activities, stewardship and expansion of water and land trails.
A nonprofit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to the development, protection and promotion of hiking, biking and walking trails throughout western Pennsylvania.
State agency responsible for the protection and management of Pennsylvania's aquatic resources. Issues fishing liscences and boat registrations.
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
Conducts and organizes bicycle racing for riders of all abilities within Western Pennsylvania and encourages nationwide competition of its members.
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.
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.
The region's premier cycling event celebrating design, health and fitness, and urban lifestyles.
Founded in 1969; one of the largest cycling clubs in Pennsylvania.
Local Outdoors Organizations
An organization based in northwestern Pennsylvania that maintains a weekly schedule of hosted hiking, biking, winter skiing activities and special events.
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.
Local organization that maintains a schedule of hikes arranged into different themed series.
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.
When you're enjoying outdoor activities, always remember to be safe. The Outdoor Safety Health Guide is a great way to enjoy the outdoors safely!