60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh and Surrounding Counties

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From a city of smokestacks to a city of culture, technology, and trees, Pittsburgh's revitalized city parks, abundant state parks, tranquil state forests, and enhanced riverfronts offer endless opportunities to hike and explore. 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh has something for explorers of every ability and interest. Diverse hikes include Frick Park, which can be combined with a visit to the Frick Art and Historical Center (free); Ohiopyle State Park, with views of the beautiful Youghiogheny River and ...

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh: Including Allegheny and Surrounding Counties

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Overview

From a city of smokestacks to a city of culture, technology, and trees, Pittsburgh's revitalized city parks, abundant state parks, tranquil state forests, and enhanced riverfronts offer endless opportunities to hike and explore. 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh has something for explorers of every ability and interest. Diverse hikes include Frick Park, which can be combined with a visit to the Frick Art and Historical Center (free); Ohiopyle State Park, with views of the beautiful Youghiogheny River and Cucumber Falls; Beechwood Farms, where kids and adults can opt to participate in nature programs and walks; and Mt. Davis Natural Area, where hikers can stand on the highest point in Pennsylvania. History buffs will love Bushy Run and its museum and other historical site/hike combinations. Those seeking solitude will relish time spent walking in lovely Todd Sanctuary or one of the scenic and tranquil destinations of Forbes State Forest. Beautiful river, lake, waterfall, mountain, wildflower, and historical walks are all in your backyard. From the city's riverbanks to the Laurel Highland mountains of the south and southwest to the lakes and meadows of the north and northwest, every hiker will find trails to their liking in 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897325912
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Series: 60 Hikes Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 687,188
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Ruff has traveled extensively, following her passion for the outdoors and the environments and cultures of the world. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she makes her living as a freelance writer and editor and small business owner, writing and managing technical publications. A Pittsburgh resident, her interests have led her to many countries, but she enjoys the diversity and beauty of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
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Ohiopyle: Ferncliff Natural Area Loop
Shortly after hiking about 1 mile, the long arms of an ancient hemlock extend over the trail, dwarfing those who pass underneath them. These and the large white pines were saved from being harvested in 1911 and 1947 by the steep slopes that border the river. At about 1.3 miles there is a short, steep path on the right that goes down to the river. If you take it, go to the left around the large boulder. If you have a dog with you, be sure to have it on a leash. If you have a young child with you, don't venture down. Anyone who enters the water here is not going to be able to escape being swept away in the rapids. The river is roaring in both sound and speed. If you've taken the path and likely a picture, return to the trail, and continue on to more rhododendrons, hemlocks, and the state flower, the Mountain Laurel. There are also Oak and other deciduous trees adding color and variety. Maple and Beech are common while the tall, straight Tulip Poplar provides the highest layer of the forest canopy.
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Table of Contents

(1) Baker Trail: Crooked Creek Lake Area (2) Bear Run Nature Reserve Southeast Loop (3) Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve Loop (4) Boyce Park Log Cabin Trail Expanded Loop (5) Bushy Run History Loop (6) Charles F. Lewis Natural Area (7) Chestnut Ridge Park (8) Ferncliff Natural Area Loop (9) Forbes State Forest: Cole Run Trail (10) Forbes State Forest: Laurel Summit - Spruce Flats Bog and Wildlife Area (11) Forbes State Forest: Laurel Summit - Wolf Rocks (12) Forbes State Forest: Laurel Summit Loop (13) Forbes State Forest: Lick Hollow Interpretive Nature Trail (14) Forbes State Forest: Lick Hollow Pine Knob Overlook Trail (15) Forbes State Forest: Mt. Davis Natural Area (16) Forbes State Forest: North Woods Loop (17) Forbes State Forest: Quebec Run Wild Area (18) Forbes State Forest: Roaring Run Natural Area Loop (19) Fort Necessity National Battlefield (20) Fox Chapel Flower and Wildlife Reserve Loop (21) Frick Park Tour Loop (22) Friendship Hill National Historic Site (23) Harrison Hills Park: Rachel Carson Trail and Loop Options (24) Hartwood Acres (25) Highland Park Double Loop (26) Jennings Environmental Education Center Trail Loop (27) Keystone State Park Stone Lodge Trail (28) Laurel Hill State Park: Hemlock Trail (29) Laurel Hill State Park: Pump House to Tram Road Loop (30) Laurel Ridge State Park: Laurel Highlands Trail - 653 Access to Grindle Ridge (31) Linn Run State Park: Grove Run Loop (32) McConnells Mill: Alpha Pass to Kildoo Loop (33) McConnells Mill: Slippery Rock Gorge Trail (34) Montour Trail: Cliff Mine to Five Points (35) Montour Trail: Panhandle Trail - Walker's Mill to Gregg Station(36) Moraine State Park: North Shore Hike or Hike and Bike (37) Moraine State Park: South Shore Trails Loop (38) North Park: Braille Trail Loop (39) North Park: Nature Center Loop (40) North Park: Rachel Carson Trail Out-and-Back (41) Oakmont Trail (42) Oglebay Trails (43) Ohiopyle State Park: Cucumber Falls to Meadow Run Trail Loop (44) Ohiopyle State Park: Ferncliff Natural Area Loop (45) Ohiopyle State Park: Laurel Highlands Trail - Ohiopyle to First Shelter Area (46) Ohiopyle State Park: Sugar Run to Youghiogheny Trail Loop (47) Point State Park History Tour (48) Raccoon Creek State Park: Lake-Forest Loop (49) Raccoon Creek State Park: Wildflower Reserve Loop (50) Riverview Park Loop (51) Ryerson Station State Park (52) Schenley Park Loop (53) Settler's Cabin (54) South Park (55) Three Rivers Heritage Trail: Monogahela South Shore (56) Three Rivers Heritage Trail: Washington's Landing Loop (57) Todd Sanctuary Loop (58) Townsend Park Loop (59) Twin Lakes Park (60) Warrior Trail
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