Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pennsylvania

This urban rail-trail parallels the riverbanks in the Pittsburgh area for about 21 miles, often on both sides of the rivers, and offering a spectacular view of the city.

by American Trails Staff


Photo by Thomas Baxter

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National Recreation Trail

Designated in 2010


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The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a wonderful pedestrian trail and greenway system in the Pittsburgh region running for 22 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, it is an almost complete public route for cyclists, walkers, runners, and in some places rollerbladers.

The Friends of the Riverfront was established to create and is dedicated to the continued expansion of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. We advocate for and build multi-use trails, parks and continuous public access along our three rivers through active partnerships with communities, public leaders, citizens and organizations from around the region.

The new edition of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail map includes an Interpretive Signage Guide. Pittsburgh's dramatic landscape and history are portrayed in dozens of signs located along our riverfronts. From the Pittsburgh Pirates to Mister Rogers to Andy Warhol and the steel industry, let the Pittsburgh region explain itself to you while touring one of the best urban trail systems in the Allegheny country.

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

As Friends of the Riverfront continues to push for the development of the few remaining "missing links" in the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, we have started to engage adjacent municipalities along the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers in an effort to establish regional connections and generate economic opportunities and environmental regeneration in smaller riverfront towns. Recently, Friends of the Riverfront has partnered with Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to study, plan and built trails and greenways along the riverfronts of Allegheny County.

The vision of Friends of the Riverfront is that trails and rivers will become an integral part of economic development and a valued and respected natural resource for the communities and citizens of the three rivers region. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail provides stories of our rich heritage; free educational, fitness, relaxation and recreational opportunities; protection and stewardship of our environment; and economic stimulus for our region. The Friends of the Riverfront's strategic plan significantly enhances our capacity to bridge stewardship of our rivers and adjoining lands into the mainstream of the region's strategy for sustainable economic, quality of life, and environmental renewal.

Skateboarders by the stadium; photo by Mary Shaw

Skateboarders by the stadium; photo by Mary Shaw

Friends of the Riverfront is a founding member of the Allegheny Trail Alliance, a group of seven rails-to-trails organizations working to construct the Great Allegheny Passage— a 152-mile continuous biking and walking trail linking Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA, ending at Point State Park. In Cumberland, the Great Allegheny Passage connects to the C&O Towpath and continues to Washington, DC.

The entire trail is not yet complete, but a continuous 100-mile portion from McKeesport, PA, to Meyersdale, PA, nears the Maryland border. This section of trail takes you through scenic Ohiopyle State Park and Confluence for the best white water rafting and recreational amenities in the region. Also along the trail, you can rest at any of the numerous restaurants, bed & breakfasts and shops that are now catering to trail travelers.

For more information

Friends of the Riverfront 33 Terminal Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Phone: (412) 488-0212