Pittsburgh riverfront parks and trails
Your guide to Pittsburgh’s riverfront parks and trails
You’re in the right place if you’re looking for information about Pittsburgh riverfront parks, trails, open spaces and amenities for pedestrians, joggers, boaters, kayakers, families and, well, everyone.
Three Rivers Park is a 13-mile, 880-acre riverfront park system in downtown Pittsburgh. Its current boundaries are defined by the West End Bridge and the Chateau riverfront on the Ohio River; the 31st Street Bridge on the Allegheny; and the Hot Metal Bridge and Hazelwood riverfront on the Monogahela. New projects in development may fall slightly outside of those boundaries as Pittsburgh’s public riverfronts continue to grow and thrive.
Many Partners, One Vision
The vision for Three Rivers Park was created by Riverlife and accepted by the City of Pittsburgh in 2000 and has been growing ever since. The park includes well-known historical Pittsburgh riverfront areas like Point State Park as well as new boat landings, trail connections and public parks that are created each year.
Three Rivers Park is comprised of both public and private property that has been developed to include access and enjoyment for everyone. These riverfront spaces are owned and managed by different stakeholders depending on the location.
Find out more about the individual destinations throughout the park below.
Destinations, Highlights & Riverlife Projects
The Green Boulevard plan examines the future opportunities for development, transportation and public open space in the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Highland Park and Morningside.
Formerly a staging area for barges and a downtown by-pass highway, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Riverfront Plaza welcomes visitors arriving by boat, bike and foot.
The Mon Wharf Switchback Ramp connects cyclists using the Smithfield Street Bridge, Eliza Furnace “Jail Trail” and Great Allegheny Passage safely and smoothly down to the Mon Wharf Landing.
Riverlife and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District have teamed up to see how a natural riverbank ecosystem could be integrated into the headwaters of the Ohio River.
The North Shore is a waterfront gathering space that links together entertainment venues, restaurants, office buildings and cultural amenities with public green space.
Extending underneath the Birmingham Bridge along the Mon River in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood, the park features picnic space, a public boat launch and canoe launch.
The vision for Strip District Riverfront Park focuses on the Allegheny riverfront between 11th Street near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and the 31st Street Bridge.
Riverlife’s series of art and activation to enliven a stretch of riverfront trail under the Fort Duquesne Bridge. The program launched in 2015 with the installation of a 750-foot mural.