Steel Valley Trail - The Waterfront

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Steel Valley Trail - The Waterfront is a 8.5 mile out and back trail located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 183 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

What was once the vast Homestead Steel works has been reborn as the Waterfront, a huge collection of retail, corporate offices, restaurants and luxury townhouses. The Waterfront Trail a crushed limestone surface that runs along the southern shore of the Monongahela River. Gas lights illuminate the trail after dark and you will go by numerous restaurant patios and townhouse back porches. There is plenty of pedestrian traffic along this section of the trail. Utilizing seldom trafficked concrete sidewalks at either end, you can extend the trail to 2.5 miles total. Were it not for Sandcastle Water Park's resistance to having a bike trail go by their property, it would be a short connection west to the South Side section of the Three Rivers Heritage trail and then into Pittsburgh. Work is under way to connect various segments southeast to McKeesport and the Great Allegheny Passage.

hiking
muddy
9 days ago

road biking
off trail
24 days ago

Great day for a Sunday ride! flowers out a little bit in your Oakland but nothing intrusive. Still in very good shape and love this Trail!

hiking
8 months ago

Good paved trail for biking. Most people bike. Not good if you want to hike through woods.

backpacking
bugs
9 months ago

walking
11 months ago

Paved for part, gravel on other parts. Dog friendly and bike friendly. Please note, if you’re bringing a dog down past the Costco/Sandcastle part, trains do pass through and are close to the trail. It did scare my dog, and because it was a fenced in trail, we couldn’t move further away from it.

walking
Sat Sep 22 2018

Cool walk! Loved seeing the steel mill history & and seeing the goats too!

Mon Sep 04 2017

Great trail! Went from Waterfront to McKeesport and back. Kudos to those who maintain this wonderful trail.

Sun Aug 27 2017

Easy and fun bike ride! Pass Kennywood rides!

Wed Jun 08 2016

cool gap trail

Fri Nov 28 2014

Nice continuation and connection to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Nice fairly level riding and walking, partially in the confines of the wonderful Waterfront complex with restaurants, hotels, deparment stores super markets and much more in the site of the torn down within the United States Steel making mills until the mid 1980's!

hiking
2 days ago

road biking
2 days ago

mountain biking
2 days ago

road biking
6 days ago

road biking
6 days ago

mountain biking
9 days ago

road biking
10 days ago

bike touring
11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

mountain biking
15 days ago

road biking
20 days ago

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