Pittsburgh will surprise you with a number of walking and biking trails right in the heart of the big city. Don’t waste another minute – pack your bags, stow your bike and get to America’s Most Livable City to experience the great outdoors!
NORTH SHORE TRAIL
The North Shore Trail runs five miles along the Allegheny River. Consider parking at Washington’s Landing, head north-east (away from Downtown), past Three Rivers Rowing boathouse, under an overpass and you’ll find the North Shore Trail. There you’ll find a brick archway that seems like a trail portal.
The trail along Washington’s Landing has beautiful scenery, several nice little gazebos, and a bistro/café where the trail actually passes between the building and the patio.
The switchback ramp connecting Washington’s Landing with the mainland has a couple of fun 180 degree turns. Once on the mainland, the trail starts as a dirt path along a city street. As you approach the Heinz Lofts you’ll see a half-dozen large metal boxes between the trail and the street, these are the “free blue bikes” that are available for public use.
At the West End Bridge the North Side Trail becomes known as The Chateau Trail and ends at Westhall Street about a quarter mile from the McKees Rocks Bridge.
The trail along Allegheny Landing located between the Ninth Street Pier and Fort Duquesne Bridge in Pittsburgh is a sculpture park with labor as its theme. It is accessible and accommodates people arriving on foot, on bikes, in wheelchairs and in boats. The upper level is comprised of irregular bluestone paving and trees provide shaded spaces to relax in the summer. The lower level is concrete imprinted with plants and brings you within right alongside the river. The park also has abundant seating positioned for spectacular river and city views.
Statues & Memorials:
Roberto Clemente: Right-fielder, Golden Glove recipient, Baseball Hall of Famer and great humanitarian, Robert Clemente played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. A statue depicting his 3000th Major League Baseball hit is located outside PNC Park. First base has soil from Puerto Rico (his birth place), second base has soil from Forbes Field (his home field for many years) and third base contains soil from Three Rivers Stadium, (the stadium in which he played). Sadly, Clemente was killed in a plane crash bringing relief to Nicaraguan refugees.
Willie Stargell: Number 8, Willie Stargell was bigger than life when he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1970s. His statue is poised to hit a baseball. He was affectionately called “Pops” and hit three home runs in the 1979 World Series victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Back to the trail continue west:
Korean War Veterans’ Memorial: Positioned and shaped to capture sunlight through its vertical design, the memorial stands as a testament to the veterans of the Korean War. As the sun travels the horizon, columns of light shine onto the ground with words highlighting veterans’ experiences during the war.
Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial: Bronze sculptures depict soldiers reuniting with their families, touching memories for many veterans of the Vietnam War. Figures are surrounded by a steel dome based on the shape of an inverted lotus blossom, a Buddhist symbol of peace.
Ever Watchful: The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: features a figurative sculpture of an officer looking over his shoulder, keeping watch over the city.
Langley Observatory Clock: Inspired by the astronomer and astrophysicist Samuel P. Langley who headed Allegheny Observatory from 1867 to 1891. With its form and materials, the artwork depicts the passage of time and the industrial history of the city.
Mister Rogers Tribute To Children: Enter this quiet place to reflect on the life of native son, Fred Rogers. His familiar pose, in sneakers and sweater, reminds visitors of his message of neighborliness and legacy of love.
Museums and Culture:
Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History: Offers a history lesson on photography. The Museum, designed in the Victorian style, features the early era of picture-taking with period music playing in the background.
Andy Warhol Museum: A celebration of the life and work of Pittsburgh artist Andy Warhol with an extensive collection of pop art.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: Encourages children to learn through play using a variety of interactive exhibits and crafts.
Mattress Factory: A contemporary art museum with different rooms or environments created by various local, national and international artists.
Carnegie Science Center: Combines hands-on exhibits, robot exhibition, SportsWorks, planetarium, OMNIMAX Theater and fun for all ages. Located at One Allegheny Ave.
Manchester Craftsman’s Guild: Provides art education, jazz concerts and after-school activities.