Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a green city, not only due to its environmentally friendly city programs and buildings, but also because of its numerous parks. Emerald View Park offers serene nature from the top of Mount Washington only five minutes from Pittsburgh’s downtown, while Riverview Park boasts trails for horseback riding in the city’s North Side. Further into the city, visitors and locals alike can find a variety of activities in Schenley Park.
1.Allegheny Commons Park
The Allegheny Commons Park, also known as West Park, is the city of Pittsburgh’s oldest park and encompasses a total of sixty-four acres. Established back in 1867, the park surrounds the Allegheny Center neighborhood in the North Side of the city. The park consists of three different main sections: the Allegheny Commons Park East Park, the Allegheny Commons Park North Park, and the Allegheny Commons West Park. The largest of these three parts is the West Park, which is home to the National Aviary. Allegheny Commons Park is known for its Lake Elizabeth, wide promenade, and mature canopy trees.
810 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Allegheny Landing in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a large green space located along the Allegheny River, featuring a boat launch area, sculptures, and plenty of spots for a picnic lunch. Located between the bridges of 6th Street and 7th Street along the Allegheny River’s north bank, the Allegheny Landing park was founded as one of the first modern riverfront parks in Pittsburgh in 1984, as well as one of the first urban riverfront sculpture parks in the United States. The park was created in recognition of the riverfront potential for incorporating arts and recreation in Pittsburgh within the urban landscape.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
3.BNY Mellon Green
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The BNY Mellon Green is a public green space found within the downtown area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Surrounded by Sixth Avenue, Oliver Avenue, Ross Street, and Grant Street, the park offers an open, tranquil area within the heart of the busy city. With numerous benches and a central fountain with water flowing down from the tops of five rock pillars, the Mellon Green is popular among workers in nearby businesses for a lunch break or just to get some fresh air. During the spring, summer, and fall, colorful and stunning flowers can be seen throughout the park.
501 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
4.Boyce Mayview Park
The Boyce Mayview Park is an ideal public space in the city of Pittsburgh during the winter months, during which both visitors and local residents alike can find opportunities for cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, tubing, and snowboarding. However, there is still plenty to do in Boyce Mayview Park during the summer season as well, including approximately twenty-one miles trails that are great for both biking and hiking. The city park is also home to a few not so typical park facilities, such as the organic greenhouse and the Nature Center, and locals can even take an art class.
1551 Mayview Rd, Upper St Clair, PA 15241, Phone: 412-221-1099
Dormont Park is a little of twenty-three acres in size and is home to tennis courts, basketball courts, a street hockey court, walking trails, horseshoe courts, picnic pavilions, a play area, a baseball field, and more. Dormont Park, is also often referred to locally as “Castle Park,” due to the popular children’s playground that is shaped like a huge castle. The “castle” playground is built entirely out of wood and features towers for kids to yell from, bridges for running across, and alcoves for children to have fun hiding in, as well as tires for climbing, swings, slides, monkey bars, and rings.
1801 Dormont Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216, Phone: 412-561-8900
6.Emerald View Park
Established in 2005, the Emerald View Park stitches three historic parks together, and is considered to be the premier spot for viewing the skyline of Pittsburgh. The 257-acre was established to combine the Grand VIew Scenic Byway, wooded hillsides, and the historic park areas of Mount Washington, Olympia, and Grandview. Visitors will find surprise vistas, winding trails for hiking and biking, ball fields, sports courts, overlooks, playgrounds, wood hillsides, and picnic areas throughout Emerald View Park. During the summer season, free movies are often shown in the park each week as part of the “Cinema in the Park” program.
Bailey Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211, Phone: 412-682-7275
7.Fall Run Park
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Fall Run Park, located just outside of the city of Pittsburgh in Glenshaw, may seem like any other park at first glance with its tranquil hiking trail and low foot traffic. For visitors who are willing to make a bit of an effort while at the park, an approximately one-mile hike rewards hikers with a surprising waterfall. The park gets its name of “Fall Run” due to being nestled within a small valley in which several streams empty out into the park, resulting in waterfalls. The main waterfall along the hiking trail, the park’s focal point, features a roughly thirty foot drop.
187 Fall Run Rd, Glenshaw, PA 15116, Phone: 412-486-9700
Spanning across more than six hundred acres, Pittsburgh’s Frick Park is the largest historic regional park in the city. There are numerous amenities found throughout the massive park, such as baseball fields, extensive trails for hiking and biking that travel over wood slopes and through steep valleys, clay tennis courts, playgrounds, the Frick Environmental Center with many nature exhibits, and the state of Pennsylvania’s only public lawn bowling green. The famed Blue Slide Playground is especially popular with children. Clayton Hill within Frick Park is great for bird enthusiasts, as more than one hundred bird species have been spotted there.
1981 Beechwood Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, Phone: 412-682-7275
Visitors are welcomed to Highland Park by a Victorian-style garden, leading to one of the city’s many reservoirs, in addition to dog walking and running trails. Appealing to people of all ages, the park also boasts several sand volleyball courts, a bike track, a kiddie pool, a 50-meter swimming pool, and playgrounds. One of the major highlights of Highland Park is the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. Reservoir No. 1 is a longtime icon of the park, along with the Reservoir Loop, which a popular trail among joggers and walkers. Dogs are also welcome in Highland Park, as long as they remain leashed.
1467 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206-1161, Phone: 412-682-7275
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Mellon Park is located in the city’s Shadyside neighborhood and is a considered by many to be a must-visit public space full of history. The park is well known for its stunning Walled Garden near the Phipps Garden Center and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Formerly land that was part of the estate of Richard Mellon, the park grounds were once home to Mellon’s sixty-room mansion, the city of Pittsburgh’s largest house. Parking can be found in the parking lot on Shady Avenue. Mellon Park also hosts many different events during the summer months, such as live music.
1047 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, Phone: 412-682-7275
Mellon Square is conveniently situated in the downtown area of Pittsburgh, making the unique park a great spot for a lunch break. What makes this park unique is the fact that it was created on the top of a parking deck. The 1.37-acre Mellon Square offers a relaxing green oasis from the hustling and bustling of downtown Pittsburgh and was the first modern garden square built on top of a parking garage. First opened back in 1955, the square’s design was a forerunner for the rooftop gardens of today. The peaceful area features sparkling fountains and an elevated terrace.
Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
12.Mingo Creek Park
Mingo Creek Park is a 2,600-acre county park situated in Finleyville, Pennsylvania, around thirty miles to the south from Pittsburgh. With abundant picnic pavilions, an observatory, covered bridges, and a paved walking trail that travels along the scenic creek, this park is one of the most popular among Washington County’s residents. One of the main attraction in Mingo Creek Park is the historic brick Henry House, constructed during the early 1800’s. While there isn’t too much in the way of hiking, at least when it comes to maintained trails, visitors can get some exercise along the paved trail, several miles long.
1327 Venetia Rd, Finleyville, PA 15330, Phone: 724-228-6867
13.Mt Washington Observation Deck
The Mount Washington Observation Deck offers a beautiful view of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that’s hard to beat. Visitors and locals alike can now take the roads up to the observation deck, however, two inclines are still in operation daily for a more unique experience, taking visitors up to the summit of Mount washington for the stunning views. The oldest incline is the Monongahela Incline, located near Station Square, a destination for dining and shopping, as well as stop on the Light Rail. Finished back in 1870, it’s the country’s oldest operating incline. The Duquesne Incline offers a slightly better city view.
Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
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The 3,075-acre North Park is one of Allegheny County’s parks and is the largest of the county parks. Seeing as the park is the largest in the county, there is plenty of room and activities to keep people busy. North Park boasts an extensive trail network for hiking, biking, running, or just walking, measuring a total of forty-three miles. The park is also home to what was once the world’s largest pool, open during the summer season. Horseback riding, pedal boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding are also popular activities in North Park, along with ice fishing and cross-country skiing in winter.
303 Pierce Mill Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101, Phone: 724-935-1766
15.North Shore Riverfront Park
The North Shore Riverfront Park is municipal park in downtown Pittsburgh that’s a bit on the smaller side. Located along the banks of the Ohio River and the Allegheny River, this park features both a riverwalk and riverwall, providing a trail along the edge of the water. The riverfront park encourages water creation, with boat tie-ups situated along the grounds. A cobblestone quay allows for kayaks and canoes as well. The Great Lawn offers roughly three acres of grassy open space crossed by paths. Other park features include the interactive Water Steps fountains, memorials, and the Market Street Pier.
9 Mazeroski Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15233, Phone: 412-231-4326
16.Point State Park
The Point State Park is conveniently situated where three different rivers meet, known as the “Golden Triangle” or “The Point,” and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The park is a popular place with locals for watersports, including kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating. Encompassing approximately thirty-six acres, the Point State Park is home to two of the city’s oldest structures, Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt, along with the Fort Pitt Museum, which tells the story of the French and Indian War in western Pennsylvania. The park also hosts several events throughout the year, such as the Venture Outdoors Festival.
601 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Phone: 412-565-2850
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Riverview Park is a gem in the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Established in 1894, this park was around before Pittsburgh annexed the City of Allegheny in 1907. The 259-acre Riverview Park is well known for having dramatic, steep hillsides and wooded trails, featuing an extensive trail network for horseback riding, jogging, and hiking. The park is home to many different amenities and facilities, such as the Allegheny Observatory, an activities building, a swimming pool, the two-mile Riverview Loop, the Mairdale watershed, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and a ball field. Outdoor movies and concerts are often hosted at Riverview Park during summer.
159 Riverview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
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Schenley Park is located just a short walking distance away from Carnegie University and the University of Pittsburgh and offers a spectacular view of the city’s Cathedral of Learning. During the summer season, visitors can take advantage of the park’s swimming pool to escape the heat, while during the winter, Schenley Park is home to an ice skating rink. There is also an eighteen-hole golf course for any golf enthusiasts. Established in 1889, the park has grown over the years to now boasts more than 450 acres of attractions, woods, and trails. Visitors can also visit the Phipps Conservatory and the Schenley Park Cafe.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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19.Settlers Cabin Park
Settlers Cabin Park is a 1,589-acre Pittsburgh park that is home to the most popular wave pool in the county, along with an excellent diving platform. Archaeologists helped to identify the origins of the circa 1780 log cabin from which the park gets its name, while the shelters and groves throughout Settlers Cabin Park pay homage to tribes of Native Americans. The Pittsburgh Botanical Garden can also be found at the park, encompassing a total of 450 acres. Another one of Settlers Cabin’s claim to fame is being the only county park to have a professional diving well.
608 Ridge Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205, Phone: 412-350-4636
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20.Southside Riverfront Park
The Southside Riverfront Park is one of the first riverfront parks in Pittsburgh and could be considered the birthplace of the region’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail system. Located in the city’s neighborhood of South Side along the banks of the Mon River, the riverfront park includes a canoe launch, a public boat launch, and a picnic area. Opportunities for biking and hiking can also be found within the Southside Riverfront Park. The trail and park seamlessly connect upriver through the South Side Marina and into the South Shore Riverfront Park. Several restaurants, shops, and bars are located nearby.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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21.Squaw Valley Park
The Squaw Valley Park, while technically located within the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is part of the O’Hara Township. Squaw Valley is possibly the most popular of the township’s parks and is made up a pond with a beautiful fountain, hiking trails, a sand volleyball court, two playgrounds for children, two tennis courts, two ballfields, restrooms, a gazebo, and two picnic shelters that include water and electricity. The Squaw Valley Park is also home to the Squaw Valley Park Loop, a 0.6-mile out-and-back trail that is at times has heavy traffic. The trail features a lake and is acceptable for all levels.
325 Fox Chapel Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
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The Phipps Conservatory of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is considered to be one of the city’s shining gems. This isn’t only due to its stunning foliage and plants showcased throughout the massive botanical gardens, but for its sustainability efforts as well. The Phipps Conservatory, in fact, is one of the world’s most energy efficient buildings. The expansive conservatory features dozens of rooms each with their own theme, a wide assortment of artwork and flowers that changes quarterly with the seasonal flower shows, and improvements every year. Plant collections include outdoor gardens, orchids, palms, bonsai, desert plants, natives, spices and fruits, and ferns.
1 Schenley Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, Phone: 412-622-6914
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23.Seldom Seen Greenway
The Beechview-Seldom Seen Greenway, as the name would suggest, is a park that is almost hiding within plain sight. The public green space is located at the edge of Beechview, sharing a border with Route 51 and the foot of Mount Washington. Once a farming village, the greenway today is a hidden natural area with a dedication to preserve some of the city’s natural scenery and an escape from the city. At almost one hundred acres in size, there is plenty of area to explore at the Seldom Seen Greenway, such as the main tunnel’s brick archway and Sawmill Creek.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
23 Best Pittsburgh Parks
- Allegheny Commons Park, Photo: bouybin/stock.adobe.com
- Allegheny Landing, Photo: Christian Hinkle/stock.adobe.com
- BNY Mellon Green, Photo: Christian Hinkle/stock.adobe.com
- Boyce Mayview Park, Photo: lusyaya/stock.adobe.com
- Dormont Park, Photo: bouybin/stock.adobe.com
- Emerald View Park, Photo: 621513/stock.adobe.com
- Fall Run Park, Photo: Caleb Foster/stock.adobe.com
- Frick Park, Photo: woodsnorth/stock.adobe.com
- Highland Park, Photo: ant/stock.adobe.com
- Mellon Park, Photo: woodsnorth/stock.adobe.com
- Mellon Square, Photo: 621513/stock.adobe.com
- Mingo Creek Park, Photo: Jocelyne/stock.adobe.com
- Mt Washington Observation Deck, Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/stock.adobe.com
- North Park, Photo: Dmitry Fokin/stock.adobe.com
- North Shore Riverfront Park, Photo: Alex/stock.adobe.com
- Point State Park, Photo: PhotoElite/stock.adobe.com
- Riverview Park, Photo: WEERAKIAT/stock.adobe.com
- Schenley Park, Photo: Christian Hinkle/stock.adobe.com
- Settlers Cabin Park, Photo: WEERAKIAT/stock.adobe.com
- Southside Riverfront Park, Photo: Mihail/stock.adobe.com
- Squaw Valley Park, Photo: olyasolodenko/stock.adobe.com
- Phipps Conservatory, Photo: Robert Herhold/stock.adobe.com
- Seldom Seen Greenway, Photo: yana_kallas/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Christian Hinkle/stock.adobe.com