Wrapped in rivers, intertwined with trails and packed with parks, the Pittsburgh region is full of outdoor adventure. Bike, walk or rollerblade miles of riverfront trails, soaking in fantastic urban views. Bicycle rentals are available along the trail. Guided hikes offer another way to see the city. Pittsburgh boasts a lush and diverse landscape and is filled with endless recreational opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast.
There are 712 outdoor stairways within Pittsburgh’s city limits, totaling 7,343 vertical meters (similar to Chongqing in China). The highest concentration of city steps is in the South Side Slopes neighborhood. Many of these steps are considered part of the local transit system, and are a great way to start exploring the city on foot.
Golden Triangle Bike Rental
Golden Triangle Bike Rental has a wide variety of bikes available for reservation. As part of their customized service, they will help you select the best type of bike for your full day rental.
Seasonal boat / kayak rental are located under the 6th Street Bridge near PNC Park. Kayak Pittsburgh is a social enterprise of Venture Outdoors. The kayaks are flat-water kayaks which are longer and more stable than the whitewater kayaks which come to mind for most people. We like to describe flat-water kayaks as similar to canoes but easier to steer.
Pittsburgh is a green city – not just because of our environmentally friendly buildings and city programs, but because of our parks! Pittsburgh has five city parks totaling almost 2,000 acres of city land and that’s not even counting the rivers and state park also within city limits.
Head out into Allegheny County’s beautiful wilderness on horseback, canoe or by foot with a visit to Deer Lakes Park. The 180-acres park offers three fishing lakes, ball fields and many other outdoor activities. South Park offers fun for the whole family. The park features a BMX track, wave pool, nature center and off-lease dog areas for some intense games of fetch! Additional county park information can be found at the Allegheny County Parks Department which features a complete list of parks and their activities just outside Pittsburgh.
Venture into the Laurel Highlands to experience everything Ohiopyle State Park has to offer. Hunting, biking and snowmobile trails are only the start! Lawrence County’s McConnells Mill State Park offers visitors nine miles of hiking trails through Slippery Rock Gorge or white water boating along the swift moving Slippery Rock Creek which boast Class I-IV rapids. Looking for a park with a little bit of everything? Moraine State Park just an hour north of Pittsburgh has it all: camping, boating, swimming, hiking, biking, sledding, cross-county skiing and much more!
Pittsburgh sits at a unique confluence of rivers unlike any other in the world, and its diversity is more abundant than any other state except Alaska. These clean and accessible waters have become a stunning icon of Pittsburgh’s environmental transformation and allow you to experience the city from a new vantage point.
Pennsylvania is home to more than 500 public golf courses, with many of the best located in the Pittsburgh area. With eight courses all rated an “outstanding” four out of five stars in Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play 2006-2007 and the superior 4½ star layouts at Olde Stonewall and Nemacolin Resort’s Mystic Rock, you”ll enjoy championship play that is second to none.