The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University are only blocks apart, and are 3 miles east of downtown. There is great running in the university area. A highlight is Schenley Park, with 456 acres of trails. Be sure to pass through the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (pictured below, right). Run up the hill to the Schenley Oval. Our mapped route takes you by the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, two of the larger architectural sites of the city, and does a good loop of Schenley Park.
We chose Birmingham Bridge as a starting point but you can save a mile each way by starting at the University of Pittsburgh, starting at Schenley Plaza. A good add-on option is to head west of Schenley Park into Frick Park, which has miles of woodland trails.