Formed largely from farmland belonging to Sam Watson in 1894, today’s Riverview Park in Pittsburgh's North Side straddles the City of Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Perry North and Brighton Heights. Riverview Park, known for its dense woodlands and steep topography, encompasses 287 acres of trails, woods, streams, and recreational attractions, including the Allegheny Observatory, Chapel Shelter, and several wonderful natural areas. It's also the only city park that allows horses.
Location / Directions:
Admission & Fees:
The grounds at Riverview Park are entirely free and open to the public.
What to Expect:
If you love the woods, then you'll love this forested city park, just across the river from downtown Pittsburgh. The 287-acre municipal park, the fourth largest in Pittsburgh, is criss-crossed with trails perfect for walking, biking, hiking, and even horseback riding, as Riverview is home to the only equestrian (bridle) path in the City Park system. Additional features include the Allegheny Observatory, Chapel Shelter, a public pool, and a space-themed playground.
Once one of the world's major observatories, the Allegheny Observatory located in Pittsburgh's Riverview Park is now used for research, instruction, and public outreach.
Events at Riverview Park:
Riverview Park plays host to a variety of cultural and environmental events, such as concerts, movies, and family-friendly fun. Highlights include:
- Saturday night movies as part of the free Cinema in the Park summer movie series
- The Stars at Riverview free summer jazz series, on summer Saturday evenings prior to Cinema in the Park.
Weddings and Parties:
The Chapel Shelter at Riverview Park, a historic picnic shelter that was once a Presbyterian church, was restored by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in 2008. It can be reserved for weddings, receptions, and other events.
For More Information:
Riverview Avenue near Perrysville Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
Website: Riverview Park
*The closest GPS address is the Riverview United Presbyterian Church at 3505 Perrysville Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15214. From the church, continue down Riverview Avenue and make a left to access the one-way park road.
Sports & Recreation:
Riverview Park is best known for its network of trails throughout dense woodlands and steep hillsides, just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Popular trails include the Wissahickon Road and the Snyder’s Point Loop, which follows one of the most prominent ridges in the park. Kilbuck Trail offers a great paved biking path past the Valley Refuge Center, a beautiful old stone shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The 2-mile loop on Riverview Drive is also popular with bikers. Hikers enjoy the challenge of the Ground Hog Haven Trail. Riverview Park also includes a large swimming pool, tennis courts, a ball field, several playgrounds and picnic areas.