Three Rivers Heritage Trail

The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is an urban rail-trail paralleling the riverbanks in the Pittsburgh area for about 25 miles, often on both sides of the rivers, and offering a spectacular view of the city.

photo: Downtown from Carnegie Science Center. Photo by Mary Shaw. Type: Greenway, Rail Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 25.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Skateboarding
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, In Pittsburgh, shoreline trails on both sides of all three rivers.
States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Allegheny
Latitude: 40.44189   Longitude: -80.01323

There are various access points for the trail in Pittsburgh. Visit www.friendsoftheriverfront.org for detailed access and parking information.

Description

The trail is promoted and maintained in part by the Friends of the Riverfront (FOR). The mission of the FOR is to build safe, clean, and accessible riverfront trails as part of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system to create and maintain an outstanding experience for trail users while providing economic, environmental, and health benefits to the Pittsburgh region.



The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is part of the Great Allegheny Passage, the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail and the Pittsburgh to Erie Mainline Canal and Greenway. Additional connections to existing trails, including the Montour Trail, are currently underway.


Management of the trail falls largely to the municipalities. Friends of the Riverfront serves as a secondary steward, utilizing volunteer labor through a License and Maintenance agreement. This agreement allows FOR to promote the Three Rivers Heritage Trail as a singular entity, to maintain the various site furniture, river access points and a system of direction and interpretive signage. Recent surveys indicate diverse use of the trail for recreation and commuting purposes.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Concrete
Crushed Rock

Average Grade: %
Elevation Low Point: 726
Elevation High Point: 735
Year Designated: 2010

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: MAP of the Three Rivers Trail
Website: Featured NRT web page from American Trails

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Friends of the Riverfront
2345 Preble Avenue
Pittsburgh , PA 15233
(412) 488-0212
friends@friendsoftheriverfront.org
http://www.friendsoftheriverfront.org

 

Photos

Innovative Facilities. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Innovative Facilities. Photo by Mary Shaw.

The Workers. Two 18-foot metal steelworkers stand beside the trail. Photo by Mary Shaw.

The Workers. Two 18-foot metal steelworkers stand beside the trail. Photo by Mary Shaw.

 

Downtown from Carnegie Science Center. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Downtown from Carnegie Science Center. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Skateboarders by the stadium. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Skateboarders by the stadium. Photo by Mary Shaw.

 

Icycle Bicycle Ride descending from Duquesne Bridge. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Icycle Bicycle Ride descending from Duquesne Bridge. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Downtown from Southside Trail. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Downtown from Southside Trail. Photo by Mary Shaw.

 

 Photo by Mary Shaw.

Photo by Mary Shaw.

Steelworkers Monument. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Steelworkers Monument. Photo by Mary Shaw.

 

Hot Metal Bridge. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Hot Metal Bridge. Photo by Mary Shaw.

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