Pleasant Valley Park Loop Trail

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Pleasant Valley Park Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Murrysville, Pennsylvania that features a river 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

Pleasant Valley Park offers a wide variety of opportunities for hiking. A network of hiking trails have been developed, that allows for hikes of varying lengths and difficulty, by using combinations of trails through woods and existing old farm roads. The park is also crossed by some utility right-of-ways that can also be used for hiking, although they have some very steep areas since they don't follow terrain contours.

hiking
7 days ago

Paths are narrow and seem to be meant for just mountain bikers. Wear a bright shirt if you're hiking so that bikers see you. Still a beautiful hike with signs marking the types of trees.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked outer loop of trails, beginning with Hank's trail, then to the Cheeky Chipmunk (Hemlock) trail, then to the Brian Palmer (Hornbeam) trail, then to the White Oak Trail, then to the Red Maple trail, and back to Hank's trail.

This was an AWESOME trail. I loved it!!

Trails are well marked, you will not get lost. There are markers naming many of the varieties of trees, and occasional benches on the trail.

On Hank's trail the bird songs were AWESOME! As good as that room in the National Aviary on the North Side, just with local birds.

There were also butterflies and damselflies often.

More information and printable trail maps at murrysvilletrails.org and pvpark.org

There are some nettles and poison ivy near side of trail, and on portions of Hank's trail there is the possibility of ticks. This is something I don't care about, but if you don't know what poison ivy looks like or you don't know when to check for ticks... learn first!

Some portions were slick and muddy when I went, unsuitable for trail running.

There is a bike repair station at the trailhead, which is cool.

hiking
1 month ago

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Sunday, May 26, 2013