Riverfront Guide

Pittsburgh’s riverfront parks and trails: the Downtown loop

More info on Pittsburgh’s riverfront parks, trails, and experiences

Since 1999, Riverlife has worked to build a 15-mile, 880-acre wishbone-shaped loop of riverfront open spaces and experiences centered around the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The loop’s 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 near SouthSide Works on the Monongahela.

While the loop is roughly 85% connected, gaps remain in the riverfront experience. Riverlife continues our work to find solutions for those missing links. It’s also important to remember that the loop will continue to expand as new projects and connections outside of the current boundaries grow and thrive.

Many Partners, One Vision

Pittsburgh’s downtown riverfront loop 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. Partner organizations and public entities have a long history of trail development, ecological restoration, neighborhood planning, and special events that have connected and continue to enrich the city’s riverfront experience.

Find out more about the individual destinations throughout the park below.

Destinations, Highlights & Riverlife Projects

Pittsburgh riverfront park: Mosaic of a squid at Allegheny Landing

Allegheny Landing

Allegheny Landing was dedicated in 1984 as one of Pittsburgh’s first modern riverfront parks and one the nation’s first urban riverfront sculpture parks.

Pittsburgh riverfront park: vision for Strip District Riverfront

Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard

The Green Boulevard plan examines the future opportunities for development, transportation and public open space in the Strip District, Lawrenceville, Highland Park and Morningside.

Map of the Almono site shows neighboring communities and amenities. Pittsburgh riverfront development

Almono/Hazelwood Green

Named after the first syllables of Pittsburgh’s rivers, Almono is a former steel mill site on 178 acres of Hazelwood’s riverfront along the Mon River.

Convention Center Riverfront Plaza

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.

“Energy Flow” Lighting on the Rachel Carson Bridge

One of Pittsburgh’s famous bridges shines with a special lighting installation.

Grant Street Crossing

This Riverlife-led street improvement for cyclists and pedestrians is the first of three phases to connect people to the Mon River in downtown Pittsburgh.

Kayakers line up along the water's edge at the Mon Wharf

Mon Wharf Landing

The Mon Wharf Landing opened in November 2009 as a linear park and trail connection along the southern edge of Downtown Pittsburgh.

Mon Wharf Switchback

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.

North Shore riverbank with overgrown plants and a concrete wall

North Shore Habitat Restoration

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.

View of the North Shore at sunrise with a fishing pier and boat docked

North Shore Riverfront Park & Trail

The North Shore is a waterfront gathering space that links together entertainment venues, restaurants, office buildings and cultural amenities with public green space.

Aerial view of the grassy green lawn filled with people.

Point State Park

Point State Park is downtown Pittsburgh’s front lawn and premiere space for outdoor events and recreation.

Illustration shows a bike path going under the bridge into Point State Park

Point State Park Connector

The Point State Park Connector is a traffic-free, non-motorized ramp that will connect Point State Park to the western side of the Mon Wharf Landing.

View of the Great Lawn with green grass and a concrete tracery path leading to the fountain.

Point State Park Fountain

The soaring 150-foot fountain at Point State Park is an iconic part of Pittsburgh’s skyline and a destination for relaxation at the confluence of the three rivers.

Three soccer players chase after the ball

Riverhounds Stadium

The stadium for Pittsburgh’s Riverhounds soccer team, also known as Highmark Stadium, sits on the edge of the Mon River just downriver from Station Square.

Rivers Casino Amphitheater

This outdoor public open space includes a riverfront promenade, 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater and dock for boat access.

South Shore Riverfront Park

The riverfront park at the SouthSide Works complex in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood was once the site of the J&L Steel Works.

South Side Riverfront Park & Trail

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.

Station Square

Station Square is an entertainment and retail complex situated on the banks of the Monongahela River across from downtown Pittsburgh.

Illustration of families walking up to paved plaza at dusk

Strip District Riverfront Park

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.

A woman jogs along the Three Rivers Heritage trail in autumn.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

Multi-use regional riverfront trail that runs through the heart of Three Rivers Park, overseen by Friends of the Riverfront.

‘to be determined’ under the Fort Duquesne 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.

View from the 31st Street bridge of boats docked at the marina

Washington’s Landing

Washington’s Landing (formerly known as Herrs Island) is one of Pittsburgh’s most desired waterfront residential locations.

West End Pedestrian Bridge

In 2006, with the support of the Alcoa Foundation, Riverlife held a design competition for a pedestrian bridge to be incorporated into the bridge’s grand structure.