The Allegheny Trail is one of the best hiking experiences in Pittsburgh. This walking trail is located in the heart of the city and offers amazing views of the Allegheny Mountains and the Lehigh Valley. The trail was created as part of a landscape project and extends from downtown Pittsburgh to the intersection of Westmount Street. It winds its way through the scenic hills and forests of Westmount and gives you an up-close look at some of the most beautiful nature that Pittsburgh has to offer.
The trail is closed to car traffic between dusk and dawn. You will be able to travel on foot, by bicycle or on a foot pedal carrier. The trail also includes sections of white clay trail that allows you to see the cave and other features of the park. Other offshoot trails of the Allegheny Trail include the Brandywine Creek Greenway, the Belleplain Trail and the Hillsboro Greenway.
To get to the trail head, park your vehicle at the Adler Park Visitors Center. Once at the entrance, take a left onto Bridge Street where you will cross over an intersection. Just past this point, you will find a paved walkway to the trail’s beginning. As you proceed, there will be several signs that will direct you to restroom facilities and water stations. Before you leave the path, cross the street where you will find a tree-shaded portion ofreek path.
Hike your way to the first intersection where you will find two paths. The trail on the right side is less visible due to trees. The path on the left contains many stone steps and more heavy vegetation. The best time to hike this trail is late morning or early afternoon as the sun helps to warm the soil making for a more enjoyable walking experience. The trail also crosses a bridge over a valley where you can view the river that flows through Allegheny Park.
To return to your vehicle, cross the same bridge as you started the trail. Then, continue onto another short climb where you will see another awesome view of the river. At this point, you will notice a shaded path along the trail where a sign warns of poisonous plants and a path with steps leading down to a pool. Finally, turn left and cross a small bridge over the Ohio River where you will find water fountains and a benches just below them.
Hiking this trail has plenty of room to explore. If you are an experienced hiker, you may opt to backpack across the park. Otherwise, you can choose a shorter trek that only requires a half day hike. Regardless of which option you choose, it is sure to be one of the best experiences of your life! For the novice hiker, there is no substitute for this hiking adventure!