Best Hikes Pittsburgh: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls

Best Hikes Pittsburgh: The Greatest Views, Wildlife, and Forest Strolls

by Bob Frye

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From a hike through Pymatuning State Park to see its famous spillway, to an old Indian path called the Warrior Trail, this book describes the best hikes in and around Pittsburgh, many of them never previously covered elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493036813
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Best Hikes Near Series
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 757,091
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bob Frye is a lifelong outdoorsman and resident of southwestern Pennsylvania, so he's spent decades roaming the woods and fields covered in this book.
Frye is by training a journalist, too, having worked as a full time writer for nearly two decades. Currently the full-time outdoors editor for the Tribune-Review newspaper in Pittsburgh, he has also written for a variety of local, regional and national outdoor magazines, as well as more general interest publications. His work has won awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, Associated Press Managing Editors, and Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.
Frye is also the author of "Deer Wars: Science, Tradition and the Battle Over Managing Whitetails in Pennsylvania," a book looking at the relationship between white-tailed deer and Pennsylvania's forests and people.
He's been interviewed on numerous radio and TV stations to talk about that book and the outdoors in general, too.
Frye currently lives in North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, about 40 minutes east of Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

How to Use This Book x

Introduction xi

Weather xiii

Flora and Fauna xiii

Land Managers xiv

Getting Around xv

Vistor Information xvii

Map Legend xix

Trail Finder xx

The Pittsburgh Low Plateau 1

1 North Country Trail 2

2 Raccoon Creek State Park 7

3 Harrison Hills Park 12

4 Frick Park 18

5 Riverview Park 23

6 Youghiogheny River Trail 28

7 Slippery Rock Gorge 33

8 Beech wood Farms Nature Reserve 38

9 Glacier Ridge Trail 43

10 Jennings Environmental Education Center 48

Honorable Mentions

A Keystone State Park 53

B McConnells Mill State Park 53

C Bushy Run Battlefield 53

D Todd Sanctuary 53

E Twin Lakes Park 54

F Rachel Carson Trail 54

G Baker Trail 54

H Boyce Park 54

I North Park 55

J Brush Creek Park 55

K Bradys Run Park 55

L Point State Park 55

M Eliza Furnace Trail 56

The Waynesburg Hills 57

11 Mingo Creek Park 60

12 Buffalo Creek 64

13 Ryerson Station State Park 68

14 Friendship Hill National Histone Site 73

Honorable Mentions

N Hillman State Park 78

O Ryerson Station State Park (Additional Trails) 78

P Warrior Trail 78

The Allegheny Mountains 79

15 Laurel Hill State Park 81

16 Wolf Rocks Trail 86

17 Grove Run Trail 92

18 Conemaugh Gap 97

19 Mount Davis 102

20 Mountain Streams 108

21 Quebec Run Wild Area 113

22 Roaring Run Natural Area 119

23 Charles E. Lewis Natural Area 124

24 Shawnee State Park 130

25 New Florence 136

26 John P Saylor Trail 142

27 Ohiopyle's Sugarloaf-Baughman Loop 147

28 Ohiopyle's Ferncliff Peninsula 153

29 Bear Run Nature Reserve 159

Honorable Mentions

Q Yellow Creek State Park 164

R Laurel Ridge State Park 164

S Prince Gallitzin State Park 164

T Blue Knob State Park 164

U Lick Hollow A rea 165

V Whitetail Trail 165

W North Woods Trail System 165

X Linn Run State Park 165

Y Linn Run Trail System 166

Z Blue Hole Creek 166

AA Fort Necessity 166

BB Ghost Town Trail 166

CC Blacklick Valley Natural Area 167

North of Pittsburgh 169

30 Maurice K. Goddard State Park 170

31 Pymatuning State Park 175

32 Petroleum Center 181

33 Cook Forest State Park 186

34 Allegheny Gorge 192

35 Presque Isle 198

Honorable Mentions

DD Erie National Wildlife Refuge 204

EE Buzzard Swamp 204

FF Minister CreekTrail 204

GG Gornplanter State Forest 205

HH Hickory Creek Wilderness 205

Appendix: Clubs and Trail Groups 207

Hike Index 209

About the Author 210

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