Favorite Place to Run in Pittsburgh
Hi everyone and Happy Thursday!
Today's post is inspired by a fellow Pittsburgh runner and blogger who asked me where I liked to run in Pittsburgh. I grew up on the Northside, moved downtown for a few years, and now live in the East End, so I've run in a variety of places. Here a few of my favorite routes, along with directions and some tips for each place. I hope this is helpful if you're either visiting Pittsburgh, or looking for a new place to run. Enjoy!
(P.S. this is my first time creating maps and images, so if they're hard to read or you have suggestions on how to improve PLEASE let me know!)
1. Riverview Park- 3.5 miles. Pittsburgh has 4 city parks, and Riverview is the one I'm most familiar with. This park has tons of trails as well as a 2-mile loop that is paved and has a walk/run lane. This is one of the more secluded parks, so you never have to worry about finding a parking space. I grew up running on the trails here, so if anyone's interested in a more in-depth post about Riverview, let me know!
this awesome interactive map from Friends of the Waterfront.
5. Squirrel Hill loop- 4 miles. Now that I live in Squirrel Hill, I love to explore the neighborhood. This is a simple loop, but you can easily switch it up and run on any street around it to add more distance. I think of this as a mini house-tour of Squirrel Hill, because there are some beautiful, old houses in this neighborhood. If you're visiting Oakland, I would highly recommend running over to Squirrel Hill and stopping in a coffee shop on Forbes as a post-run treat!
6. Schenley Park- 3 miles. I have great memories from Schenley, because that's where my middle school and high school cross country course was. This path is very popular and is always full of fellow runners and walkers. There are lot of trails that split off of this main one, and one even leads down to a small lake that is beautiful in the spring time. The Oval is also a great place to get in some speed work and is equipped with a running bathroom and water fountain. I love this park!
In addition to these routes, I also like to run at North Park, which is extremely popular in Pittsburgh. The main route is a 5 mile long route, and is highlighted in blue above. In yellow, I've added three variations that you can add for more mileage, along with their respective distances.
There are two running bathrooms, each 2.5 miles apart from each other, as well as porta-potty's along the route and tons of water fountains. There are races here practically every weekend starting in the spring, so make sure your car doesn't get blocked in if a race is about to start!
Where are some of your favorite places to run?