Winter’s almost officially over, and a good walk outdoors is a great way to welcome springtime. Embrace the change of seasons at Pittsburgh’s beautiful parks.
From the leaping fountain to the Babbling Brook, the sound of water tells you you’ve arrived at Highland Park. Water has always been central to this serene space, as it was originally opened as a city reservoir in the late 1870s. A fountain and reflecting pool greet you at the Entry Garden, and from there, you can explore the grounds on foot, hit the bike track, play volleyball, or take a dip in the swimming pool. The Reservoir Loop offers a pleasant view whether you want to stroll along or pick up the pace for a jog. When you need to rest, the benches in the gardens offer a great opportunity to relax in the fresh air and watch the visitors come and go.
Schenley Park’s close proximity to Carnegie Mellon University makes it a popular spot for students, and it’s easy to see the green space’s appeal with its footpaths, tranquil scenery, and special events. With more than 450 acres of picturesque woods and trails, it’s also a popular destination for walks in natural surroundings. This dog-friendly park offers an escape from the city bustle without the long drive out of town, with picture-perfect sights like the shady wooded trails, lily pond, and mossy bridge.
Emerald View Park
The modern Emerald View Park is the result of years of restoration efforts, and the hillsides that were once scarred by coal mining and garbage dumping are now lush, verdant habitats. The revitalized grounds welcome visitors with picnic space, ballfields, and playgrounds, and hikers are sure to appreciate the trails and hiking loops. The site also features grand overlooks for spectacular views of the city.
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