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Five Water Adventures In and Around Pittsburgh


With 38.3 miles of shoreline to explore in Downtown Pittsburgh, it's no wonder we're known as the city of rivers. When it comes to getting wet and wild, however, this is just the beginning. Enjoy the Pittsburgh area's magnificent waterways with one of these five, fun H2O adventures.

Forming a point where they meet at the point of Downtown Pittsburgh, the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers provide an endless array of water adventures. Enjoy power boating around Point State Park or canoeing or kayaking along the 87-mile stretch of the Allegheny River designated as a National Wild & Scenic river. You can even picnic or camp for the night on one of the seven Allegheny River islands (declared a national wilderness area).
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Riverfront trails criss-cross the Pittsburgh region, perfect for scenic hiking, backpacking, biking or in-line skating. They range from the Three Rivers Heritage Trail System in and around Pittsburgh to the 70-mile Youghiogheny River Trail, called "one of the world's best walks" by Travel and Leisure Magazine.
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Anglers of all experiences flock to the region's fantastic fishing waters. An hour north of Pittsburgh, Moraine State Park's 3,225 acre Lake Arthur is home to large numbers of northern pike, largemouth bass, muskellunge, and channel catfish, and premier trout streams throughout the area like Spruce Creek, Oil Creek, Slippery Rock Creek lure expert fly fisherman.
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Ohiopyle State Park's Youghiogheny River Gorge, hailed "the birthplace of whitewater rafting," is located just two hours southeast of Pittsburgh. Here rafters brave churning Class III and IV rapids like Dimple Rock, Double Hydraulic and River's End, and milder Class I and II whitewater like Ramcat, Flipper and Fast & Clean. The park also offers mountain biking, equestrian trails, natural waterslides and campgrounds. While in the area, take some time out to explore nearby Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece built over a natural waterfall.
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For manmade fun in the sun, try Sandcastle Waterpark along the boardwalk in Homestead, east of downtown Pittsburgh. This water playground features a 300,000-gallon wave pool, 15 waterslides, and the Lazy River, where you can float the afternoon away in an inner tube. Every Thursday night in the summer the park becomes a huge pool and dance party for the under-21 crowd.
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