Outdoor Fun & Recreation Around Pittsburgh

Get outside and take advantage of the area’s trails, bikeways, rivers and terrain with these outdoor activities!

Laurel Caverns Park

200 Caverns Park Rd, Smithfield, PA 15478


Laurel Caverns is located on top of (and within) Chestnut Ridge, covering 435 acres and boasting Pennsylvania’s largest cave.  Two miles of passageway await the caver looking for an adventure, most of which remains undeveloped.  This is a great place for aspiring spelunkers to begin because the park enforces safety measures that are usually absent in wild caves.  It also offers reasonably priced “family guided” tours all day long through the “developed” part of the cave.  These tours are about an hour long and are both fun and educational.

Quebec Run Wild Area

Wharton Township, PA 15440


With development these days, it can be difficult for outdoor enthusiasts to find a place of undisturbed nature.  This area of 7,500 acres on Chestnut Ridge has been designated as “wild”, meaning no permanent development will be allowed on it.  It is an area reserved for hiking, fishing and backpack camping, or just for enjoying the peace of nature.  The Quebec Run Wild Area maintains several hiking trails, and some of the streams are stocked with trout.  The remote nature of this area also helps to keep the crowds away!

Yough River Trail

130 W Main St, West Newton, PA 15089


The Youghiogheny River Trail is a limestone surfaced trail that extends 43 miles from McKeesport to Confluence.  It is one part of the “Great Allegheny Passage” that runs from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD.  Because it was developed on an old railroad line, the alignment is nearly flat and closely follows the river.  The trail is ideal for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing and is open year round.  It passes through such locations as Boston, Cedar Creek Park, Connellsville and Ohiopyle, with ample parking at several locations.

Hazelbaker's Canoes, Perryopolis, PA

654 Layton Rd, Perryopolis, PA 15473


The Youghiogheny River is a secret gem in the Pittsburgh region. Explore the river via canoe or kayak at Hazelbaker’s, located in Layton, PA, between Perryopolis and Linden Hall Resort. Hazelbaker’s has been providing this service, along with fishing trips, for over 30 years. This portion of the Yough River is designated as Class 1 – smooth and perfect for beginners and families. It does not have the rapids that are found upstream at Ohiopyle. So bring the entire family, and finish the day off with a picnic at one of the onsite pavilions.

Baker Trail

Freeport, PA


Enjoy this 141-mile hiking trail from Freeport east toward Shelocta then north towards Allegheny National Forest where it intersects the North Country Trail at Cook Forest State Park.

Allegheny Highlands Trail

Great Allegheny Passage, Meyersdale, PA 15552


The Pennsylvania Section of Allegheny Highlands Trail extends 30 miles from the Youghiogheny Trail at Confluence to Meyersdale. This trail is part of the Great Allegheny Passage that connects Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. Points of interest along the trail include the Youghiogheny Dam, Salisbury Viaduct and Windmills near Meyersdale.