Hiking at Point State Park
This activity or structure is ADA accessible.
Visitors can walk along ADA accessible paved promenades on the riverfront and to overlooks for dramatic views of Pittsburgh, its busy waterways, scenic hillsides, and many bridges.
Natural landscaping and a 100-foot tall fountain enhance the beauty of this unique park at the “Forks of the Ohio.” Numerous benches are throughout the park.
Several long distance hiking trails converge in Point State Park.
Three Rivers Heritage Trail
The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a pedestrian trail and greenway system in the Pittsburgh area, covering 37 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. It is a nearly complete route for cyclists, walkers, and runners, and in some places rollerbladers.
In addition, more than 20 miles of trail are in planning or development phases. The trail also connects to the Great Allegheny Passage, the developing Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, and the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway.
Great Allegheny Passage
The Great Allegheny Passage Rail Trail offers 141 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, Md., and Point State Park. In Cumberland, the rail trail joins the C&O Canal Towpath -- creating a continuous trail experience (325 miles long) to Washington, DC.
The 10-foot wide multipurpose trail is built on railroad corridors of gentle grades, sweeping curves, large bridges, and tunnels that pass through mountains, not over them.
The terminus of the rail trail is at the Forks of the Ohio marker near the fountain in Point State Park.
The trail system links the Cumberland and Pittsburgh metropolitan areas, providing visitors with an opportunity to travel through and learn about a region important to the development of national culture and politics.
George Washington envisioned the Potomac River as a trade route linking the Atlantic Ocean and the upper Ohio River Basin. The history of the region and the tangible character of the trail corridor itself highlight the concept of “the frontier” in American culture and the westward migration of Anglo-American society into the trans-Appalachian region of the continent.
The Great Allegheny Passage is a part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, which is a diverse network of trails and routes running between Point State Park and Point Lookout in Maryland.
The Fort Pitt Museum is an official National Park Service Passport stamp location for the trail.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.44189 Long. -80.01324