South Side Trail is a 13.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pittsburgh, PA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Crushed limestone rail trail along the Monongahela River. (5 miles) The Three Rivers Heritage trail on the South Side is a mosthy paved route along former railine that parallels active rail (with a separating fence, for the most part). Eventually the plan for this trail is to connect across the Hot Metal Bridge with the Eliza Furnace Trail (Fall 2006) and also to points South, affording a continuous bike route from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. As it is now, the trail terminates abruptly just short of the Glenwood Bridge. There are many places along the trail to see the active commerce on the river with barges and piers, along with a few places where the past is still to be seen with old buildings and abandoned barges. The new Pittsburgh is also there with a major UPMC sports facility where the Steelers and Pitt Panthers will practice. Towards the city, between 18th and 9th Streets, the close trees make a green tunnel in which aside from the sound of traffic you may forget for a moment that you are in the middle of a city.
A wonderful, easy paved trail along the river, with historical markers along the way. The AllTrails app directions took me to the East end of the trail (no parking). So I ended up parking at the business complex at 3700 Water Street -- right on the trail.
A great trail with a short travel time and access for all activities from walking, jogging, leisure bike riding to serious competitive bikers. Travels along the Monongahela river and has some interecting views including the eagle family that has made there home above Carson street in the Hays woods near the Glenwood bridge. Many bird enthusiasts have been taking pictures of the Eagles from the trail itself!