Three Rivers Heritage Trail (Millvale Riverfront Park -> North Shore)

Hello! If you are anything like us, you LOVE to explore Pittsburgh’s restaurants and activities just as much as the trails. A girl (or guy!) has gotta eat, right?! The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a long trail that goes through many neighborhoods. Today, we are exploring a 3 mile stretch of the trail from the Riverfront Park in Millvale to the North Shore. This is a really easy trail to follow, so much so that I wasn’t sure if it was worth the post because we can all go from point A to point B and back again, but what makes this trail FUN is that it’s a destination trail. We hope that you take this trail to the North Shore and then do something awesome.

On the North Shore, you will find lots of restaurants. As you’ll see in the video, we love Burgatory. They have a creative menu (literally!) and it’s veggie/vegan/gluten free friendly. There’s a Southern Tier Brewing going in … I cannot wait for it to open! You’ll find even more than those two, though. Just walk around and see what you’re feeling! We love that so many have outdoor seating, especially the ones along the river trail.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous and want to see the city from a new angle, we totally recommend kayaking! Venture Outdoors is under the Clemente Bridge. You can rent singles and tandems (doubles). The best part? They launch you in so you don’t get wet!

Or, you can always walk over to the Point or into the city OR take the T for free from the North Shore Station over to Gateway (closest to the Point) or to any other station within downtown Pittsburgh for FREE! Visiting Market Square and PPG are always fun! You can check the T schedule on the Port Authority website or via Google Maps/the app on your phone.

As always, here is your video:

 

Distance: 3ish miles

Estimated time: 30-35 mins running/1 hour walking

Parking: We parked in front of Three Rivers Rowing. There are a few lots along the long road into the park. This spot was just closest to our destination, and we saw other people parking there and hitting the trail. There’s a lot before that and a boat launch.

Bathrooms: There are actual restrooms at the start of the lot, but they were locked. Luckily there is a port-a-john that you pass on the way in. There aren’t any restrooms along the route unless you pop into a shop/restaurant when you get closer.

Water: There is a fountain at the end of the parking lot opposite the rowing building. You’ll see it pointed out on the last picture in the video. Otherwise, there isn’t anything until you get to the restaurants on the North Shore.

Special notes: Take water and wear sunscreen – not much shade! There are a few small detours on the trail where there is construction, but it’s super easy to follow and doesn’t stray far from the actual trail.

We hope you find something fun to do! Let us know what YOU decide on.

Cheers to adventures!

Amy + Dominique

 

Point State Park -> North Shore Loop (Point State Park)

The Point and the rivers in Pittsburgh really are beautiful. That is what makes us LOVE Point State Park even though parking can be a pain sometimes. The park in terms of trails is not very large, so this one might seem a little confusing with all the turns, but I can assure you it’s really not hard. Let me break it down for you:

During this run, you will make two loops around Point State Park. The first loop is around the outer edge along the river. Then, the second loop is through the middle of the park. For the second loop, you are going to take the trail that you passed at the beginning. It will be on the right before you get to the steps leading down to the river (after you pass the museum). The two trails (outer and inner) run parallel more or less.

After you complete the second loop (the inner loop), you are going to follow the ramp up to the bridge. The ramp is located to the right when you come out of the tunnel with the reflection pools at the start. It’s not a large park, so even if you miss a turn, another little path should lead you to pretty much the same area.

Then you cross the Fort Duquesne Bridge, run along the Allegheny River past PNC Park, walk up the steps to PNC Park at the Clemente Bridge and cross the Clemente Bridge. At the end of the Clemente Bridge, you take the steps back down to the river and follow the trail up the other side back to Point State Park. If you miss your turn back into the park, you’ll just end up at the fountain again, which is actually a nice place to stop and rest!

Here is a (kind of lengthy) video of the twists and turns! Below that is the map. Just like the other parks, if you have GPS on your phone, you can pull it up to see where you are on the trail! We took a screen shot of Google Maps and drew on the trails.

 

PointStateParkNorthShoreLoopMap

 

Distance: ~3.1 miles from the entrance of the park

Estimated time: 35 mins (jog)/ 60-75 mins (walk)

Parking: Street parking is free on Sundays. You can park along the Boulevard of the Allies or on Liberty across from the park. Saturday and Sunday, parking is $5 in city garages (not all garages are Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages, though, so be careful). Weekdays, you can park for free along East Carson in the South Side, cross the Smithfield Street Bridge, and walk over to the Point. You can also take the Trolley in from the North Shore for free (I think still, right?), just get off at Gateway Center. You can also take any other T in and get off at Gateway Center. Parking on the North Shore and walking in is another option.

Below I’ve highlighted where there is some free street parking on Sundays and holidays.

PointStateParkParking

Here is a map leading to the entrance of Point State Park:

 

Bathrooms: There are bathrooms near the fountain.

Water: You will find water fountains seasonally by the the bathrooms near the fountain, and the Cafe at the Point sells beverages and snacks.

Special Notes: There are steps in this trail. At the end of the Fort Duquesne Bridge, there is a ramp for bicycles. I am not sure if there are ramps on/off the other one. Kayaks are available for rent by PNC Park along the river, and you will find lots of benches in Point State Park.

This trail is a fun little city excursion. Be sure to check to see if there are any events going on at the Point, too! And, it is a must to stick your feet in the fountain when no one is looking. 🙂

Have a GREAT run!

Amy + Dominique