North Park Lake Shore Loop Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gibsonia, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
229 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

North Park has a beautifully scenic 75-acre lake in the heart of the park. The 5 mile loop trail trail around the lake is well used by walkers, joggers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers, and skaters all year long. Upgrades to the lake trail are intended to improve trail safety for users while providing them with an opportunity to explore and experience the park's varied ecology.

walking
1 month ago

Hey, it's walking along the side of the highway through the park. There are nice bits to it, but it's rather dull otherwise. I will say the bike and walking lanes are well marked. There's plenty of traffic along this loop, both from bikers and walkers and people just going by in their cars.

I started at the boathouse and worked my way around clockwise. Occasionally there's a little bit of an incline here and there, but nothing that will drain you of any real energy. It's really just an endurance of basically every other walk you've probably had in your life expanded into something a little longer. It is good for kids, though, and there are a few playgrounds along the way as well as various pavilions to take a break if you need one.

walking
2 months ago

This is what everyone thinks about when you mention North Park.
It is an easy though long-ish walk depending on the speed of your party. The majority of the path is beside a road and fairly removed from the lake or woods. It is also very popular so expect lots of families, joggers, dogs, etc. There are some lovely views, especially of the Boathouse, and it's fun to see all the different people enjoying the park too.
It is nice when you want an easy walk to maybe chat with friends but there are better trails if you want a real work out or be more immersed in nature.

5 months ago

this is my favorite trail....

hiking
6 months ago

Really just a sidewalk or shoulder along a moderate to high traffic road. Fairly accessible but not at all what I look for in a trail.

trail running
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

great flat-ish paved trail. safe, and lots of other people out using it

walking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Easy loop. Mostly flat. Designated walking and cycling lanes. Heavy traffic on weekends, but light very early in the morning. Nice bar restaurant on the lake as a great option to refuel.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lots of traffic (people and vehicles) on busy days. Mostly flat and completely paved.

walking
Monday, January 16, 2017

very heavily trafficked. it's all along roadways, so if you have a dog that scares easily, this is not the walk for you...

walking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Easy 5 mile loop on paved road. Heavily used by cyclists, runners, walkers and dogs. Good views of the lake and surrounding wooded hills.

walking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Nice paved and maintained 5 mile loop around the lake in North Park. They now have the OTB cafe open, kayak rentals, and the GoAPE outdoor climbing park. Nice and maintained, kid and family friendly park just north of Pittsburgh.

mountain biking
1 month ago

hiking
8 months ago

10 months ago

road biking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

road biking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

walking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

walking
Monday, June 27, 2016