Three Rivers Heritage Trail (Southside Riverfront Park -> Hot Metal Bridge)

Happy Sunny Saturday! Today, I’m sharing another simple but fun trail. Last week, we decided to try a new concept in a smaller park but still managed to squeeze in a trail in the Southside. It’s short but sweet, we promise!

Located at the end of South 18th Street, Southside Riverfront Park is a cute little park, and the Allegheny Heritage Trail runs through it making it a great place to start a run. You’ll follow along the river (though it’s in the distance part of the way) past the marina and Southside works to the Hot Metal Bridge, where you can take in the views then turn around and head back. Another option would be to keep following the trail past the bridge to increase distance. Since the Southside is full of great places to eat, this would also make a fun destination trail – run to your favorite spot, have a meal, then walk/run back! There are also fun pieces of Pittsburgh’s heritage to enjoy along the way, like a giant slag bucket! This stretch of the trail is relatively flat and paved the entire way making it great for running, walking, and bicycling.

Here’s your quick video:

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Distance: ~0.8 miles each way, so 1.6 miles total

Time: 20 minutes running/45 minutes walking

Parking: Southside Riverfront Park has its own FREE parking lot. We like to park in the lot right above the trailer-only parking under the bridge because it’s nice and shaded! Plus, the port-a-john and trail access are both right there.

Bathrooms: There’s a port-a-john in the parking lot.

Water: At the marina, you’ll find a pop/water machine. Take money if you want to use this!  When you get down towards the Works, you will see a water fountain along the trail that is even pup friendly! You have to hold in the button for a minute though and wait for the water to flow.

Special notes: Wear sunscreen because there is no shade!

We hope you have some fun in the sun today. Check back for another post situated more in the park itself in the future! Until then, keep on clocking those Pittsburgh miles. Speaking of clocking miles, if you haven’t yet, we highly recommend checking out the Charity Miles app. When you go for a walk/run/bike ride, simply track it with the app, and then sponsors will donate money to participating charities based on how far you go! You can select your charity at the start of every workout. We found a Fittsburgh team on there!

Cheers!

Amy + Dominique

 

Nine Mile Run -> Mon River (Frick Park)

Running loop trails is fun, but running to a beautiful destination can make a run/walk that much more exciting! After the last (slightly complicated) trail loop, we decided on something a little bit more simple but still beautiful! This route will take you through Frick Park down to the Monongahela River, which actually leads to an entrance of the Steel Valley Heritage Trail on the opposite side of the river from the Waterfront.

As always, here is a quick video guiding you to the start of the trail and some if its twists and turns:

 

And here is your map we doodled the trail on, but remember, if you have GPS on your phone, you can always pull up Google Maps and see exactly where you are on the trail. I always find that super helpful so I know where I am and how far I have to go if I’m trying a new trail.

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Distance: ~3.5 miles

Estimated time: 35 mins (jog)/ 70-80 mins (walk) – add extra time to catch a breather by the river

Parking: We recommend starting this trail from the parking lot off Hutchinson Avenue in Regent Square. You drive down a windy road to the parking lot. There are plenty of spaces, and overall, it is easy to find and navigate! Here is a map to the parking lot:

 

Bathrooms: There is a port-a-potty in the parking lot.

Water: There is no water available along the trail, but if you forget water or snacks, there are a few mini-marts/shops in Regent Square that should have something!

Special notes: You do cross the street in this trail so be careful! Wear sunscreen, some parts don’t have much shade. Also, if you choose to take the lower path on the way back and its overgrown a bit, use your noggin and check yourself for ticks at the end.

We hope you enjoy this route as much as we do. Keep posted for a FUN variation to this route over the summer! Let’s just say it will involve … PANCAKES!

Cheers,

Amy + Dominique