Pittsburgh, PA

The Two Parks: Schenley Park and Frick Park

A great run near the universities is to combine Schenley Park and Frick Park. Schenley is more of a classic, old-style park, with its botanical gardens, golf course, ice rink, and pool. Frick Park has 400+ acres of mostly wooded trails. The Squirrel Hill neighborhood between the two parks, is a pleasant residential neighborhood for running, with Forbes Ave. running about 1-mile connecting the parks. We won’t proscribe a specific run here. It’s possible to put together a good 3 miles on the main trails of each park.

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Great add-ons for the adventurous, from Frick Park:

  • Nine mile Trail south to Duck Hollow Trail: About 3 miles one-way to western end, and 3.6 miles one way to eastern end. TK see if that continues
  • Nine Mile Trail south, over the Homestead Grays Bridge, to the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. About 3 miles to the Passage Trail (tricky finding it over the bridge, use 5th Ave. and Amity St.), then another ~7 miles one-way along the trail, to the end, paralleling Rt. 837. Fairly hilly. MAP.