Most hikers will never tackle the entire length of the 4,800-mile North Country National Scenic Trail, so the good news for Pittsburghers is that a choice section of the NCT is just 45 minutes north of the city in Moraine State Park.
The rolling hills make this an interesting but accessible place to run—no massive climbs like the Laurel Highlands Trail out of Ohiopyle. It’s also a four-season trail; though it can snow in the winter, it doesn’t ice up like the more popular McConnells Mill trails nearby.
The park, which is the ancestral home of the Erie and Shawnee people, is named after the geologic feature known as moraine—which is the soil, sand, rock, and other debris deposited by glaciers. In this case, the last glacier terminated just north of the park some 12,000 years ago, forming today’s landscape.