|Three Rivers Heritage Trail|
Three Rivers Heritage Trail takes riders on
an up close and personal tour of the three rivers located in the downtown area.
The trail even passes by the practice facility of the Pittsburgh
Steelers and University of Pittsburgh Panthers; what more could a
Pittsburgher ask from a trail?
When I rode this trail, I started on Pittsburgh's north side near the Heinz plant. From there I followed the trail up the Allegheny River, about 2 miles past Washington's Landing. If you are riding this portion, be sure to take your time and enjoy Washington's Landing. It is a nice little island in the Allegheny River which houses many businesses, residents, and the Pittsburgh Rowing Club. You can even peak in the facility where the crew teams can practice indoors.
Heading back towards the city, you can ride past PNC Park, one of the most beautiful ballparks in America. You will also get to see Heinz Field as well. One fact I am not sure of, but would be willing to bet on, is that this is probably the only trail in the world with sports stadiums located on it, plus a submarine, which is docked at the Carnegie Science Center. This area, known as the North Shore, has been revitalized, so take the time to enjoy the sights.
It is around here also that you will notice the Monongahela River and the Allegheny River joining to form the Ohio River. The trail at this point follows the Ohio down to the former State Penitentiary. The nice thing about this portion is that it is all paved. When I rode, this is where I turned around and went back to the North Shore.
Once back at the North Shore, you can ride your bike up on the bridge over head. This takes you into Point State Park, where you can then access the Fort Pitt Bridge. Don't worry, its safe, there is a pedestrian walkway. The walkway bears down to the right dropping you at the back entrance to Station Square.
The trail through Station Square keeps going until you link up with the trail portion taking you through the South Side. Staying along the rivers, you are now following the Monongahela River. As you follow this route, you eventually come up to the football practice facilities. When I rode the trail, I actually got to see some Steelers pulling for practice.
The trail extends up to the Glenwood bridge, where you can not pass through. At this point, I turned around and headed back for the North Shore, returning the way I came.
This trail not only lets you see some sights in Pittsburgh, but it also ends up giving you around 40 miles of distance. Also to note, a majority of the trail is paved, with the exception of the portion from Heinz to Washington's Landing, which is limestone.
Points of Interest: Washington's Landing, PNC Park, Heinz Field, North Shore, Point State Park, Station Square, Steelers/Panthers Practice facility, the Three Rivers.
Trail Web Site- Friends of the Riverfront
This site was last updated 07/29/06