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This list includes many great areas for easy walking,
hiking, mt. biking, and cross-country skiing in Southwest PA. The
list includes paved trails like the one at Twin
Lakes in Greensburg that is suitable for handicapped use,
seniors looking for an easy walk, or young families pushing baby
Carson Trail and many others can be quite challenging. The
Passage and other rail-trails are good for casual walks, extended
hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. Hartwood
Creek are popular for horseback riding. Additional suggestions
Rudd Saxman Nature Park - Although diminutive in
size, Ann Rudd Saxman Nature Park offers limitless opportunities
to observe and study our natural world. Following the self-guided
nature trail is a great way to experience all of the natural beauty
that the park has to offer.
Trail - This rail-trail runs along the Allegheny
River for 38 miles from Schenley to East Brady. There is
a pretty side trail North of Kittanning to a small waterfalls
Trail - The Baker Trail is a 132-mile (212 kilometer)
hiking and backpacking trail, following forest paths, old jeep
trails and dirt roads through woods, farmlands, along rivers and
creeks. The Baker Trail is one of the 18 state-designated hiking
trails and is included on the trails map of Pennsylvania.
Run Nature Reserve is the largest property owned
by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, is located in the Laurel
Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. (Trail
Farms Nature Reserve comprises 134 acres of woodlands,
fields, streams, and a pond. It also features more than 5 miles
(8.0 km) of walking trails—open from dawn to dusk every
day year-round, some of which are accessible for individuals with
Park - The park roads are very popular for walkers.
There are a lot of trails throughout the park that are used by
mt. bikers, hikers, and cross-country skiers. The trails
are not particularly well marked or maintained.
Run Battlefield - Loop trails within the battlefield
offer pleasant hiking opportunities up to several miles through
mature forests and open fields.
Trail -The Butler-Freeport Community Trail is
the corridor of the remarkably diverse Buffalo Creek Watershed
in the southeast quadrant of Butler County. Starting in Laneville,
the trail has Buffalo Creek as its companion for over 3 miles
through the forest of the Buffalo Creek Gorge. The Buffalo Creek
Gorge is the spectacular view which can be seen from bridge on
Route 28 a mile north of the Sarver-Freeport exit. The Trail then
picks up Little Buffalo Creek as its companion for another 8 miles,
crossing the creek seven times. Many of the smaller tributaries
are reminiscent of mountain brooks, offering natural cooling on
a hot day and the thrill of rushing, tumbling water in all seasons.
Gradually as the trail meanders northward toward Butler, it travels
from the woods of the Gorge to a broader forest valley with the
trail securely passing between cliffs on one side and the Little
Buffalo Creek on the other to more open woods to farmland and
village communities before again plunging into forest as it leaves
Little Buffalo Creek near it headwaters.
Falls Natural Area (48 acres) is located two miles
south of Route 22 at Clyde, Indiana County. The site features
a 45 foot waterfall and scenic woodland.
Creek County Park - Cedar Creek Park is the
premiere access point to the Youghiogheny River Trail for Westmoreland
County residents. This walking and biking trail is part of the
Great Allegheny Passage, a regional trail system planned to link
Washington D.C. with Pittsburgh. The trail passes directly through
the Manderino Riverfront portion of the park. an especially nice
area to hike is the Cedar Creek Gorge. Water cascades down
the natural shale steps in this deep gorge cut out by Cedar Creek
in the northern section of the Park. There are several waterfalls
that are difficult to visit on an unnamed tributary of Cedar Creek.
River Lake - The Bow Ridge Recreation Area adjacent
to the dam, offers trails excellent for hiking and observing nature
by foot or bicycle. Tunnelview Historic Site, directly downstream
of the dam, provides a self-guided historic walk along a section
of the restored Main Line Canal that once connected Philadelphia
to Pittsburgh (1834-1854). The trail is maintained by the Indiana
County Parks Department.
Creek - recreation area surrounding the lake
offers many opportunities for hiking, biking, and includes a Horse
Star Trail is a rail-trail located along the Southwestern
Pennsylvania Railroad corridor between Lynch Field in Greensburg
and Youngwood, PA., in central Westmoreland County.
Park is known as Pittsburgh’s woodland park
for its extensive trails throughout its 561 acres of steep valleys
and wooded slopes.
Town Trail is a 36 mile rail-trail along Blacklick
Creek in Indiana and Cambria county.
Allegheny Passage - The Great Allegheny Passage is
a 150-mile system of biking and hiking trails that connect
Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA. In Cumberland, the GAP meets the C&O Canal Towpath to yield a continuous 335 mile length reaching Washington, DC.
Hills County Park - This Allegheny County park has
a very scenic trail that runs along a bluff high over the Allegheny
River. There are quite a few trails which are generally well marked
is an Allegheny County Park consisting of 629 acres. Preserved
within the park is one of the largest and most spectacular country
estates in the region.Hike or horseback along its wooded trails
or cross country ski depending on the season.
Park in Pittsburgh may be accessed through the beautiful
entryway, a Victorian-style gathering place with gardens,
a fountain and reflecting pool. The park also includes a paved trail around the reservoir,
and benches for relaxing, as well as the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG
County Trail Guide - West Penn Trail, Ghost Town
Trail, Hoodlebug Trail.
State Park - It is about 1.5 miles to walk around
the lake. The wooded/wetland area at the East end of the
park contains several miles of trails. The web site describes
State Park - In the heart of the Laurel Highlands
at an altitude of 2,600 feet, Kooser State Park attracts visitors
year-round to its 250 acres of forest and the beautiful trout
stream that flows the full length of the park. A loop trail around
the lake, and the trail along the stream is a beautiful, easy
walk any time of year, and is great for cross-country skiing.
- Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail - A 70-mile hiking trail from Ohiopyle State Park to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, that is used for backpacking as well as day hikes from the multiple access points.
- Laurel Highlands Trail System Map and Guide Page 1 and Page 2
Laurel Hill State Park consists of 3,935 acres of
mountainous terrain in Somerset County. The 63-acre Laurel Hill
Lake is a focal point of the park. Laurel Hill is surrounded by
thousands of acres of pristine state park and state forest lands.
A trail system invites visitors to hike and explore the park and
observe the diversity of plants and wildlife. Hemlock Trail passes
through a beautiful stand of old growth hemlocks.
Mountain State Park high atop Laurel Ridge at close
to 3,000 feet in elevation has many miles of trails of varying
difficulty that are great for hiking or cross-country skiing.
Laurel Ridge State Park's 13,625-acre stretches along
Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River At Ohiopyle,
PA to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, PA. This large park
spans Cambria, Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. The
main feature of the park is the 70-mile Laurel
Highlands Hiking Trail (listed above), which features trail shelters for
Summit State Park at 2,739 feet above sea level provides
trail head parking for Spruce Flats bog and Wolf Rocks Trail.
Run State Park's varied topography and mixed hardwood
and evergreen forest make this 612-acre park a scenic place for
picnicking, hiking and cabin rentals. Grove and Rock runs join
to make Linn Run, an excellent trout stream that has a lovely
waterfall, Adams Falls. Forbes State Forest borders Linn Run State
Park and offers 50,000 acres of land for outdoor recreation.
- Loyalhanna Gorge Trail - Park at Darlington
turn off from Rt. 30E. Park at N 40 16.122, W079 18.318.
Look for trailhead nearby. Trail climbs then runs along base of
Mill State Park
in Lawrence County, encompasses 2,546 acres of the spectacular
Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. Created by the draining of glacial
lakes thousands of years ago, the gorge has steeps sides and the
valley floor is littered with huge boulders and is a national
natural landmark. A gristmill built in the 1800s is open for tours.
9 miles of rugged trails traverse the gorge. Please wear appropriate
clothing, including boots. For your safety and to protect the
resource, please stay on the trails.
State Park - The 28.6 miles of trails follow the
lake shore, wind through forests and fields and explore the habitats
of the park. Biking: A paved, seven-mile bicycle
trail winds near the shoreline between Davis Hollow and the Bike
Rental Building in the northwest corner of the park. The trail
can be accessed at many places in the Lakeview Beach and Watts
Bay Marina areas. This trail is not a loop and has many
steep grades and curves.
Trail Biking: There is a six-mile loop trail for mountain bikes
on the North Shore. Trail heads are located off of Mt. Union Road
and Alexander Ridge Road.
County Park - There is a mile long, paved trail around
the lake. Other trails are shown on the park map.
Ridge Park is a 635 acre Indiana County park located
on old Rt. 22 near the Chestnut Ridge Inn, three miles East of
Blairsville. There is a trail along Tom's Run, a mountain
stream, and several other wide trails of varying difficulty. The
park is mostly undeveloped woodland.
Area Hikes - Localhikes Website
Carson Trail - The Rachel Carson Trail is a hiking
trail north and east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, spanning 35.7
miles (57.4 kilometers) between Harrison Hills County Park in
the extreme northeast corner of Allegheny County, and North Park
in the north-central area of the county. The trail is relatively
primitive and steep in places. Few bridges have been built, so
many streams have to be crossed.
Park in Pittsburgh is a 287-acre park known
for its wooded trails and dramatically steep hillsides. The park’s
extensive network of trails invites hikers, joggers, and the occasional
horseback rider into the woods.
Run Watershed Association - This beautiful area in
Apollo PA includes the rail-trail along the Kiskimentas River,
and a side trail along the cascading Roaring Run creek. The trail
from Roaring Run to Jackson Falls on Rattling Run is worth
the effort. There is a second parking lot and trail head on
Brownstown Road that is about a mile upstream on Roaring
Run. At the village of Edmon, there is trail-head parking,
and a paved trail that runs downhill to the Kiski River.
Then there are a series of switchbacks that lead to a nice waterfall
on Flat Run. It is about a mile from Edmon to the waterfall,
and an additional 3.5 miles to the Apollo trailhead.
Park in Pittsburgh contains 456 acres of trails,
woods, and attractions.
Rivers Heritage Trail is a wonderful pedestrian trail
and greenway system in the Pittsburgh region running for 21 miles
along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers,
it is an almost complete public route for cyclists, walkers, runners,
and in some places rollerbladers.
Nature Reserve's 334-acres has five miles (8 km)
of trails including a one-mile (1.6 km) Loop Trail that runs around
the circumference of the reserve with shorter trails bisecting
it. The Ravine Trail is the most difficult trail on the reserve,
and includes several small stream crossings.
Lakes County Park - A 2 1/2 mile paved, handicapped
accessible trail circles the two lakes. Other trails are
shown on the park's map.
Heritage Trail - The long term goal is complete a twenty mile hiking and bicycling trail from Saltsburg
to Trafford. Almost 9 miles of trail are completed and open: 5 miles from Saltsburg
to Slickville, and 3.7 miles from Slickville to Delmont.
Penn Trail - Conemaugh Valley Conservancy - The West
Penn Trail is a 17-mile rail-trail between Saltsburg and our Westinghouse
trail head near Blairsville.
Palmer Nature Reserve at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.
Ten crushed gravel trails in the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
offer everything from a short loop to the historic Lochry Blockhouse,
to longer loops close to the perimeter of the reserve. The ten
trails on the reserve property total 1.6 miles, or 2.1 miles if both entrance driveways are included.m