The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is iconic Pittsburgh: a system of riverfront paths that weave through downtown along the namesake trio of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. Great views of downtown, landscaped corridors and lots of entertainment with plenty of food options make the trail a favorite among local runners (not to mention commuters and tourists). So lace up your runners and enjoy scenic miles year-round, as portions of the trail are plowed for snow throughout the winter.
There’s also another reason to appreciate such a great running option downtown: It wasn’t always the case. Sure, Pittsburgh was idyllic when it was home to the Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Lenape/Delaware, Osage and Shawnee people. But with industrialization, downtown became the heart of Pittsburgh’s steel industry. With the industry’s decline, it became a cradle of brownfield sites. Local visionaries began to revitalize the former mills around the time they broke ground on the first portion of the trail in 1991. Today, the Three Rivers Heritage Trail has grown to 33 miles in total. The portion heading south and east from Point State Park is also part of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), which continues all the way to Cumberland, Maryland, where it then joins the C&O Canal Towpath to Washington, D.C.