Best Bike Trails Around Pittsburgh

April 16, 2011 5:10 AM

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Pittsburgh is known for its bridges and rivers, but it is also home to some wonderful parks and bike trails. With many great ones to choose from for all skill levels, the only question you need to ask is “Where is my bike?” Here’s a list of the best bike trails around Pittsburgh.

South Park

Buffalo Drive, South Park, Pa. 15129
(412) 835-4810

South Park has several tree-lined trails, with rolling terrain for all riders.  According to Pro Bikes’ website, the single-lane trails off scenic routes for casual riders and more technical trails for experienced riders.  According to West Liberty Cycles’ website, “Some good places to start includes a trail that runs behind Splash ‘n Skate, the Girl Scout Trail that climbs to the Wave Pool, and The Golf Course trail.”

Schenley Park

101 Panther Hollow Road
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15207
(412) 687-1800

Located in Oakland, Pro Bikes describes the trails as being comprised of rolling hills that are “perfect for bike riders of all backgrounds.” The 456-acre park was created in 1889 and is also home to Phipps Conservatory!

Boyce Park

675 Old Frankstown Road
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15239

While there are trails for all skill levels, the advanced riders will take pleasure with Boyce Parks rougher trails. A map of trails will help you find your way and perfect trail, but West Liberty Cycles warns to keep an eye out for hikers and picnickers that frequent the park on weekends.

frickpark Best Bike Trails Around Pittsburgh


Frick Park

6500 Park Way Street
Pittsburgh, Pa.
(412) 422-6558

Frick Park offers ideal trails for all skill levels. With smooth and gentle trails for beginners and steep, technical runs through the park, riders will always have a chance to experience something new. West Liberty Cycles does warn riders to keep your speed in check because of the “many pedestrians and dogs (both leashed and unleashed).”

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  • paul kopko

    Don’t forget the Montour Trail in Robinson Twp. The trail runs for 36 miles and connects with the Allegheny Passage. It’s beautiful this time of year

    • bikes

      boring trail….schenley, frick, and south park have nice winding trails through the woods….nice change from a boring straight path.

      • jackie


      • jackie

        don’t know what part of the trial you’ve been on, but some parts are beautiful and breathtaking….there are also little side trails that take you off the beaten paths to little hidden treasures — little pools and streams of water – shale outcroppings, we even found a rope swing! you can stop at a little ice cream stand for a refreshment break — adorable bridges with creeks, lovely wildflowers, the list goes on. I got some of the best fall foliage pics (even won some photography contests!), I never tire of the trail — it’s fun to mix it up with the others, though. ;)

  • Rick

    Also the 5 star trail in Greensburg. One of the best in Pennsylvania.

  • Meesha

    The jail trail in the city is a great place to ride and finding a cold beer is easy on the south side or the north side.

    • Bob

      When they named it the 5 Star Trail they must have meant 5 out of a possible 100. Its o.k. if you don’t want to travel and need some quick exercise but hardly deserves to be mentioned with the better trails around the Pittsburgh area. I’m from the Greensburg area and rather load my bike and travel else where.

  • Tom

    Don’t forget the Greater Alleghney Passage on of the best rail trails in PA.

    • Bob

      There is not a bike trail that even comes close to the Great Allegheny Passage. I’ve done it twice. It shows why Western Pa is one of the most beautiful places in the US.

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