Trail

Riverview Park - Woods Loop

Pittsburgh, PA
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Loop

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Riverview Park has many short trails that wind through the park, and maps are available online and in the Visitor’s Center. Here I’ll detail the most common route we take with Hike it Baby. This is a great hike and can be done relatively quickly, but contains enough hills to make it a nice efficient workout. You’re almost always in sight of the road, which can be helpful to keep your bearings.

Park along Riverview Drive, near the visitor’s center.

—Begin at the Visitor’s Center at the Wissahickon trailhead just to the right of the building. Follow the trail to the right.

—Continue taking the straight path downhill when you come to an intersecting trail, leading you to a stone/log creek crossing.

—Cross the creek and make a left to follow the trail.

—The trail will meet up with a wide gravel trail/access road, follow it left (there is a lower trail you can follow but at the time of this writing it’s been blocked by downed trees)

—As the trail levels down the hill, make a left to the path taking you back towards the creek. Cross the creek, which is rarely even an inch deep, and is sometimes dry.

—Turn right to follow the trail up the hill. Follow it around the bend (do not cross the bridge you’ll pass on your right)

—Turn left at the sign for Rustic Woods Trail towards the Locust Grove Shelter (there’s a port-a-potty here).

—Take the stairs on your right up to the road, cross, and follow the road to the left.

—Around the bend, re-enter the woods on your right via the Bob Harvey trail

—Follow trail up the hill, bear right to stay on the wider trail at the the fork, and follow this trail without any turns for awhile until you exit the woods behind the activities building.

—Make a sharp left to follow path along the woods edge and back into the woods.

—At the slight fork, bear left and follow the trail to the road.

—Cross the road and pick up the Cross Country Trail slightly to the left.

—Bear left as the trail follows the ridge up the hill and comes out behind the tennis courts (dog park will be to your right)

—Turn left to follow trail behind the observatory. You’ll continue to what will initially look like a T intersection with one path going downhill toward the road and one going right up the hill. Keep straight and you’ll see that over the hump in the trail there is a straight path as well. Follow this and it will lead you up the final hill, ending behind the Visitor’s Center and coming out where you began.

 

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Shaded Hike, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

This is a nice up and down trail through the park. It’s nice and wooded, giving you shelter from the elements.

There’s a little bit of a creek you could splash in, though it’s only present for a short bit at the beginning of the hike.

There are lots of deer in the park, and it’s rare to take a hike without seeing some, often very close to the trail.

If you have a little one in a carrier that needs to stretch their legs, you can alternatively make a right when you come out behind the tennis courts, and finish up a bit shorter as you follow the trail down to the road, directly across from the playground.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is plenty of free street parking available along Riverview Avenue.

Trail Contributor

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Julie has been an Ambassador for Hike it Baby since summer 2015. She and her husband, Andrew, started hiking with Hike it Baby in January 2015, when their daughter was just 6 months old.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.