Pittsburgh Riverfront trails form the famous point called the Golden Triangle. Running alongside Pittsburgh’s three rivers (the Ohio, Monongahela and the Allegheny), these riverfront walkways connect the hustle and bustle of downtown Pittsburgh to the area’s rich nature offerings. Easily accessible from your downtown Pittsburgh accommodations, these walkways are integrated to link with all the major parks and rivers.
Three Rivers Heritage Trail
The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a pedestrian trail and a greenway system that covers thirty-seven miles in the Pittsburgh area, offering gorgeous views alongside each of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. The three rivers heritage trail originated from five different trails, but today it consists of several unique sections:
Chateau, North Shore & Milvalle
Its west most segment, the Chateau Trail helps users pass along the Ohio River. This trail leads one to emerge at the North Shore Park after passing through the Science Center at Carnegie, giving visitors to the trail spectacular views of the famous Point State Park Fountain against the backdrop of the city skyline. The Chateau trail gives way to the North Shore Trail, connecting such attractions including Heinz Field, PNC Park and more. In the warmer months, visitors can rent a Kayak at the North Shore Trail and explore the waterfront even more. This walkway continues along the Allegheny River and past Millvalle’s Riverfront Park.
The Golden Triangle: Point State Park, the Strip District & Panther Hollow
For those looking to venture along the Golden Triangle, guests can easily access entry to the trail ways from their downtown Pittsburgh accommodations. Serving as the tip of Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, Point State Park serves as a point of both historical and visual significance. Visitors can learn more about the origins of the city with a trip to the Fort Pitt Museum or just admire the newly renovated glacial fountain, spraying over 6,000 gallons per minute.
Following the Allegheny River half of the trail, guests are lead to Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Just a short walk from many of downtown Pittsburgh hotels, the Strip District runs from 11th to 33rd streets and offers some of the finest produce, fresh fish and other culinary highlights in the city. Stop by Pittsburgh staple Wholey for some of the finest seafood in the city, Mancini’s for some of the freshest, hot from the oven bread or swing by the original location for the famous Primanti Brothers.
For those opting to follow the Monongahela side of the trail from the Point, guests can walk along the Eliza Furnace segment of the trail, extending into Panther Hollow for easy access to area universities and Schenley Park. Stop by the year-round botanical experience of Phipps Conservatory or take some time to relax in the shade of the Cathedral of Learning in Schenley Plaza.
Station Square and South Side
On the southern side of the city, the Station Square and Southside Segments of the trail offer views of downtown from across the Monongahela River.
Station Square offerings unique shopping and dining opportunities for longtime Pittsburghers and visitors alike. Hop aboard a Just Ducky Tour for some up-close-and-personal encounters with the wildlife in Pittsburgh’s rivers while learning more about the downtown area attractions.
Moving along the trail, visitors to the Pittsburgh area can explore a wealth of attractions, dining opportunities and shopping through Pittsburgh’s historic Southside district before taking a moment to relax at the newly renovated South Shore Riverfront Park area.
Getting Around the Trail Ways
The entire Three Rivers Trail system is suitable for walkers and runners. For those looking for a quicker and more entertaining way to explore the riverfront trails, Golden Triangle Bike Rentals offers single rider, children’s tag-a-longs and trailers or even tandem bicycles at hourly and daily rates. Your downtown Pittsburgh hotel can help you find the bike rental station closest to you.
Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, Pittsburgh’s Three River Heritage Trail System offers a unique opportunity to escape from the city and explore the nature of Pittsburgh. A stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown puts you a short walk away from the entrance to these trail ways, allowing you to explore Pittsburgh’s attractions while taking in the spectacular views that the city has to offer. Book your stay at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Downtown today and start making plans to discover all of what Pittsburgh has to offer.