Three Rivers Heritage Trail

#7 in Best Things To Do in Pittsburgh
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Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.0

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

An asphalt link between some of Pittsburgh's most notable spots, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail lines the banks of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio waterways. The 24-mile-long path connects the downtown area to the surrounding neighborhoods and makes it easy for people to travel across the city without getting in a car or on a bus. It's also the perfect scenic recreation spot: You'll find people walking, running, biking and roller blading down the trail nearly every day. 

More than half a million people use the trail every year, as it's an active and fun way to see the best of Pittsburgh. A stroll down the North Side portion of the waterfront trail will bring you to the Andy Warhol Museum, PNC Park and Heinz Field. The downtown section traces the perimeter of Point State Park, where you'll find people enjoying the open park and the views of where the three rivers converge.  Another portion of the trail passes near Phipps Conservatory and the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Those who visit the area in the early June should check out the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival held on the trail, which features hundreds of vendors, live music stages and arts and crafts stations. 
Activity doesn't stop when the weather gets cold, though. Many runners still hit the trail throughout the winter months even when the surfaces of the rivers are frozen. Major sections of the trail are plowed in the winter to allow for transportation, but be cautious if you decide to brave the cold for a walk on the trail. If you're looking for a fun winter activity, you can also head to one of the unplowed sections of trail for some cross country skiing.
Despite its popularity, previous visitors said the trail never seemed too crowded. They also mentioned the trail is well-groomed and consistently cleaned. There are several bathrooms, 22 parking areas and a few water fountains along the trail. Despite its location in a hilly city, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail is flat, wide, easy to navigate and wheelchair accessible. It's also free to access. To decide which part of the trail you want to explore, check out the map on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail website.

An asphalt link between some of Pittsburgh's most notable spots, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail lines the banks of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio waterways. The 24-mile-long path connects the downtown area to the surrounding neighborhoods and makes it easy for people to travel across the city without getting in a car or on a bus. It's also the perfect scenic recreation spot: You'll find people walking, running, biking and roller blading down the trail nearly every day. 

More than half a million people use the trail every year, as it's an active and fun way to see the best of Pittsburgh. A stroll down the North Side portion of the waterfront trail will bring you to the Andy Warhol Museum, PNC Park and Heinz Field. The downtown section traces the perimeter of Point State Park, where you'll find people enjoying the open park and the views of where the three rivers converge. 

Another portion of the trail passes near Phipps Conservatory and the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Those who visit the area in the early June should check out the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival held on the trail, which features hundreds of vendors, live music stages and arts and crafts stations. 

Activity doesn't stop when the weather gets cold, though. Many runners still hit the trail throughout the winter months even when the surfaces of the rivers are frozen. Major sections of the trail are plowed in the winter to allow for transportation, but be cautious if you decide to brave the cold for a walk on the trail. If you're looking for a fun winter activity, you can also head to one of the unplowed sections of trail for some cross country skiing.

Despite its popularity, previous visitors said the trail never seemed too crowded. They also mentioned the trail is well-groomed and consistently cleaned. There are several bathrooms, 22 parking areas and a few water fountains along the trail. Despite its location in a hilly city, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail is flat, wide, easy to navigate and wheelchair accessible. It's also free to access. To decide which part of the trail you want to explore, check out the map on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail website.

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The Duquesne Incline is one of two uphill trolleys — and it has been carting visitors up Mount Washington since the 1870s. After falling on hard times, the Duquesne Incline was lovingly restored in 1963. But why should you visit the trolley in this area instead of the Monongahela one?

This one transports you to an ideal vantage point in Mount Washington, directly above where Pittsburgh's three rivers collide. There's a large viewing platform that extends just over the cliff and on a clear day, the view from the top makes for some excellent photographs. However, some recent visitors say you should wait and hop on the incline at night since it's less crowded and you can see the illuminated city below. Once you get to the top, aside from admiring the view, you can take some time to check out the small museum with some fun facts on Pittsburgh's history and photographs, or grab a souvenir from the gift shop. There are a few restaurants near the upper station as well, though travelers say they're pretty pricey and you're better off heading back downtown to grab a bite to eat.

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