Parks Around Pittsburgh

State, County and Local Parks in the area!

Point State Park, Pittsburgh

101 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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The land on which the Point is situated is a central point for the region today and has been for over 200 years.  At these “Forks of the Ohio”, the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers come together to form the Ohio River.  This was a strategic point for the British and French, who were battling it out for control of the interior prior to the American Revolution.  The 36-acre park now features walking paths and scenic views, but was once the site of Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt, as well as the Blockhouse (built in 1764, the oldest building in Western Pennsylvania.)  Due to its central location, Point State Park is the site of many citywide events throughout the year, including the Regatta, Marathon and Fourth of July Celebration.

Hartwood Acres Mansion

200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

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Hartwood Acres is a quiet County park, based around the Hartwood Mansion, the park’s centerpiece. There are guided tours of the mansion and cultural events hosted within. Horse, cross country and hiking trails cover the park and are plentiful. Hartwood Acres may best be known for its “movies in the park” summertime program and the former “Celebration of Lights” Holiday drive through, which unfortunately has been cancelled since 2012.

Frick Park, Pittsburgh

1200 Lancaster Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

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One of the City’s best kept secrets, Frick Park is an oasis in the middle of bustling development. It is well-known for its many hiking and biking trails and secluded locations, as well as the popular “Blue Slide Park” on Beechwood Blvd. Dog lovers also frequent the park, using the trails and the large “off-leash” area. Recently, Frick Park expanded it’s reach to the Monongahela River by acquiring property and trails along Nine Mile Run.

Schenley Park Pittsburgh

1 Overlook Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

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Schenley Park’s proximity to both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University ensures a high level of activity. There are several attractions in the park, including Phipps Conservatory, the Bob O’Connor Golf Course and the Oval sports complex & ice skating. It is also a favorite location for hiking an biking, and Flagstaff Hill is known for sledding, summertime outdoor movies and lounging by college students.

Round Hill Park Farm

934 Round Hill Rd, Elizabeth, PA 15037

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Round Hill Farm is the centerpiece of Round Hill Park, located in a rural setting of the county. The farm is in operation, an is open every day for visitors looking for a farming experience. Round Hill is an exhibit farm, and is especially geared to school field trips and similar groups.

Jennings Environmental Education Center

2951 Prospect Rd, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

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Jennings offers a full range of educational programs. A unique attraction at the center is its relict prairie, which includes the spectacular and well-known prairie flower, the blazing star. The relict prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania. Visitors should try to visit in late July or early August when the prairie is in full bloom.

Moraine State Park

W Park Rd, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

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The gently rolling hills, lush forests and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction.
Each year over one million people visit the 16,725-acre park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices. Today, the park is an outstanding example of environmental engineering achievement.