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Hiking & Backpacking in Pittsburgh & Western Pennsylvania

The beautiful rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania are a perfect place for hiking and backpacking. Learn about some of the best places to hike around Pittsburgh, plus hiking and backpacking groups and organizations.
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Hiking Trails Near Pittsburgh
With almost 60 percent of Western Pennsylvania covered by forests, the area offers an abundance of scenic hiking trails covering a variety of terrain. Grab your hiking boots and head to one of these beautiful hiking trails near Pittsburgh and around Western Pennsylvania.

Hiking Pittsburgh & its Countryside
Learn about hiking trails and hiking opportunities in Pittsburgh area state parks.

Keystone Ramblers
This Pittsburgh based group offers a regular hiking series, with four different hiking themes - relaxed hikes, hard-core heights, Path of Progress hikes and Pennsylvania heritage hikes.

Pittsburgh Hike for Health
This hike series features maps and hiking notes for suggested hikes within a short driving distance from Pittsburgh. Easy and moderate walks or hikes are highlighted within state parks, state forests, rail-trails and community trails in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Venango, Washington, Westmoreland counties.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Hitting the Trails
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran this 15-week, hiking and biking series in 2004 that spotlighted trails in western Pennsylvania -- short hikes, some well-known and others obscure, that are an easy drive for most people. Includes descriptions of what you can expect to find and photos of each hike.

Venture Outdoors
This not-for-profit organization organizes and publicizes a wide variety of recreational events, programs and activities from around the greater Pittsburgh region, including numerous hikes in area parks. Search by month and "hiking" to find upcoming hikes.

Sierra Club Allegheny Group - Walks & Hikes
Check the events calendar of the Allegheny County chapter of the Sierra Club for upcoming hikes, conditioning walks, bike rides, and kayak and canoe trips around the greater Pittsburgh area.

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