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Old 07-20-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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Default Your Favorite Biking, Runing, Hiking Trails!

Post em here!

I personally like the Millvale trail, and Frick park and Hartwood Acres.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:36 AM
 
Location: somewhere near Pittsburgh, PA
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Of the ones I use regularly, in my order of preference -

1. Montour Trail - Right outside my apartment. 36+ miles of uninterrupted trail, often passing through beautiful scenic areas, old railroad tunnels, bridges and trestles. This has to be one of the best rail-trails in the country.

2. North Shore Riverfront Trail - Best view of the city skyline, bar none. It's great now that they completed the portion of trail in front of the convention center. You can bike/run all the way from Millvale to the Western Penitentiary, cross the bridge to the Point, and continue on to the Strip District without ever having to get on a road. And if you still need more mileage you can cross over onto Washington's Landing for a few more trail miles.

3. Southside Riverfront Trail - Nice trail from the Duquesne Incline all the way to where it currently ends just before Sandcastle. It will be great once they complete the portion that goes through Sandcastle and connects to the Waterfront and continues on as part of the Great Allegheny Passage that takes you all the way to Washington DC!

4. Panhandle Trail - Similar to the Montour, another rail-trail that goes from near Carnegie all the way to Colliers, WV. There are some beautiful portions of this trail too, especially the big open area with the rolling hills around Midway, PA. This trail loses some points in my book since some parts are very rough, especially the portion from Burgettstown to the WV line. Bring some spare bike tubes and patches if you bike that portion!

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Last Place - Eliza Furnace trail (Jail Trail) - This trail is just miserable. lol Unless you enjoy the smell of car exhaust, the sound of speeding traffic, and the views of deteriorating, graffiti-covered overpasses. But it does connect with the Panther Hollow Trail and the Southside trail at the Hot Metal Bridge. I run on this trail just to extend my mileage sometimes when using the Southside Trail, but I really don't enjoy this stretch of trail at all.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:49 AM
 
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I don't think I have been to the montour trail. Looks awesome!! thanks!
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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The part of the North Country Trail that goes through/by McConnell's Mill (HIKING ONLY--no bikes unless you have a death wish, haha).
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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Boyce Park has miles and miles of fun Mt. bike singletrack trails.

http://www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/maps/GIS/bp.pdf
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:16 AM
 
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Last Place - Eliza Furnace trail (Jail Trail) - This trail is just miserable. lol Unless you enjoy the smell of car exhaust, the sound of speeding traffic, and the views of deteriorating, graffiti-covered overpasses. But it does connect with the Panther Hollow Trail and the Southside trail at the Hot Metal Bridge. I run on this trail just to extend my mileage sometimes when using the Southside Trail, but I really don't enjoy this stretch of trail at all.[/quote]

I know what you mean but I'm glad it is there. It makes commuting from Downtown easier.

Check out the Junction Hollow Trail nearby. Short but less noise.

My favorite trail is the yet-to-be-built extension of that Three Rivers Heritage Trail/Duck Hollow Trail so that it would connect to the Eliza Furnace Trail.

Steel Valley Trail Map
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Boyce Park has miles and miles of fun Mt. bike singletrack trails.

http://www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/maps/GIS/bp.pdf
It would be best for people that haven't been to Boyce before, to go with someone that has been there before, that place is like a maze.


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My favorite trail is the yet-to-be-built extension of that Three Rivers Heritage Trail/Duck Hollow Trail so that it would connect to the Eliza Furnace Trail.

Steel Valley Trail Map
I can't wait until they build that trail, as that's near me, but I've read that it won't likely be build for years, if at all.

I would love to see a trail that would run from the Carrie Furnace site, all the way Downtown.
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Just East of the Southern Portion of the Western Part of PA
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It would be best for people that haven't been to Boyce before, to go with someone that has been there before, that place is like a maze.
Yeah - it took me around a year or so to figure it all out. The riding is awesome once you learn your way around.

The park is surrounded by roads so you can't really get lost. Just ride around and see where you end up.
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Beaver County
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I think the Butler-Freeport trail is fantastic. Gorgeous scenery--totally puts the parts of Montour I have been on to shame. I am partial to Hartwood acres for mountain bike --just because it is less crowded and I have gotten familiar with it.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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9 mile run trail
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