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Pittsburgh is home to quite a unique mountain biking experience such that many people wouldn't necessarily associate it with the area. There is a growing cycling scene in Pittsburgh, with mountain biking growing in popularity in the area. There are enduro-style technical trails, smooth cross-country, skills parks, and everything in between. Each of the different parks has a unique flavor to it, and as such, riders should have a good understanding of what the park has to offer before attempting to ride. Not all parks have good beginner-style trails.

The most popular place to ride in Pittsburgh is at North Park, home to The Dr J Freeride Trail, North Park Freeride Area Skills Park, Denny's Trail, Back 9 Ride, V8 Trail, Rainbow and Pfundstein Red-Blue Trail, among others. North Park has a bike specific cafe (see below). North Park is a great place to take a beginner, especially on the trails near the pool (referred to as the South Ridge).

The best option to ride near the city is at Frick Park. Frick Park Singletrack is unique because of it's close proximity to the city center, yet it's feeling of complete singletrack isolation. The trails at Frick Park are a little more intermediate and advanced level, with off-camber trails, technical features, and short, steep drops. You should definitely try Iron Gate, Roller Coaster, Bradema, and 276 (although, be warned that 276 has a creek crossing and runs parallel to 376). The best approach at Frick is to ride the singletrack down the ridge and then take a fire road climb back to the top.

There are many good places for intermediate riders to get their feet wet. Boyce Park-Soccer Field Trails and many of the other trails at Boyce Park are good places to experience fun single-track trails in the area. There are trails at Deer Lakes, Hartwood Acres, Hollow Oak Land Trust, Oakmont, among others.

The best places to ride after rain at Riverview Park and Bavington State Park. At Riverview, many people will use the road to climb to the top, and then follow a descent ride like Riverview Descent back down. Take a few laps and have fun! At Bavington (aka Hillman State Park), the Bavington - Five Points Trails are a good warm up for seeing what's at Bavington. The Old Airport Trail is also a good place to ride at Bavington.

Two trail systems that are undergoing a slight revitalization are South Park and Settlers Cabin. At South Park, the Fair Grounds Trail, Warm up Loop, and Buffalo Ridge Trail are great trails to try. South Park has a lot of equestrian use, so be sure to remember your trail etiquette when encountering other trail users.

The most technical trails exist at Moraine State Park. Moraine has lots of available trails, but the red blazed trails, in particular, are some of the rockiest and rootiest trails in the east!

As with all trail systems, you need to keep an eye out on hunting regulations. You are most likely to experience trail closures from September to January. Bavington/Hillman and Moraine State Park are the most likely to have hunting restrictions. Check with the state game commission for more information. Because of the culture in PA, anybody in the woods during hunting season should at least wear bright colors to distinguish themselves from game.

The Allegheny County Parks do not allow parking on the grass. They issue very large fines for violating this.

The only two county parks that allow night riding are North Park and South Park. You must park in appropriate areas.

Books & Maps - MTB


There isn't a go-to guidebook or map for the area. The best place to get information is here on MTB Project or through PTAG's website ( www.ptagtrails.org). Pittsburgh is unique in that there are two bicycle themed restaurants in the area. In the South Side, there is a Bicycle Cafe called OTB ( www.otbbicyclecafe.com/).

Local Shops, Guides, & Shuttles - MTB


The trails generally mush out in the winter, although places like Bavington, Riverview, some trails in North Park, and Frick remain rideable in the winter. You can also check out the indoor bike park The Wheel Mill for winter riding ( www.thewheelmill.com/).

The local shops that support trail building include ProBikes ( www.probikesllc.com/), Trek/Top Gear ( topgearbicycleshop.com/), Dirty Harry's ( dirtyharrys.net/), and Thick Bikes ( thickbikes.com/).

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Pennsylvania and the county of Allegheny have strict open-consumption laws. In Allegheny County parks, an alcohol permit is typically required to consume alcohol.

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A quick, mostly descending loop of the east and south side of Riverview Park.
near Millvale, PA
3.5 (6)
An 8 mile tour of most of Frick Park's singletrack descents
near Edgewood, PA
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TOP FEATURED RIDES
Best Rides in Pittsburgh
#1 Riverview Descent 3.3 mile5.3 km
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Millvale, PA A quick, mostly descending loop of the east and...
#2 Frick Park Singletrack 8.2 mile13.3 km
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Edgewood, PA An 8 mile tour of most of Frick Park's sin...
TOP TRAILS
Best Mountain Bike Trails in Pittsburgh
#1 Crater Trail 1.0 mile1.6 km
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Homestead, PA A rollicking singletrack adventure that clings ...
#2 276 1.1 mile1.8 km
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Swissvale, PA A challenging "East Coast" style sing...
#3 Bradema 0.9 mile1.5 km
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Edgewood, PA Singletrack with a lot of trail variety.
#4 Bigelow Trail Extension 0.3 mile0.4 km
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Pittsburgh, PA A switchbacking singletrack trail connecting Re...
#5 Overlook Trail 0.8 mile1.4 km
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Aspinwall, PA The longest singletrack trail in Highland Park.
#6 Zoo Trail 0.5 mile0.8 km
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Sharpsburg, PA A nicely wooded path connecting from the pool a...
#7 Concrete Block 0.3 mile0.5 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Singletrack connection between rollercoaster an...
#8 North Clayton Loop 0.4 mile0.6 km
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Pittsburgh, PA The northern section of the Clayton Loop Trail.
#9 South Clayton Loop 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA Southern Section of Clayton Loop Trail
#10 Nature Trail 0.6 mile1.0 km
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Edgewood, PA Loop around Frick Nature Trail
#11 Homewood Trail 0.7 mile1.2 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA Homewood Trail Connects Bowling Greens to Tranq...
#12 Nine Mile Run Trail 1.9 mile3.0 km
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Pittsburgh, PA A fire road trail connecting Duck Hollow to Low...
#13 Firelane Trail 0.4 mile0.6 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Fire road connecting Commercial St to Lower Fri...
#14 Lower Riverview Trail 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Short lower section of Riverview Trail.
#15 Riverview Trail 1.2 mile2.0 km
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Homestead, PA Fire road connecting Beechwood Blvd to Southern...
#16 Deer Hollow Trail to Shortc... 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Pittsburgh, PA A short singletrack section connecting Shortcut...
#17 Bob Harvey Trail 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Doubletrack trail looping below Riverview Ave c...
#18 Snowflake Trail 0.3 mile0.4 km
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Bellevue, PA Outer loop trail and switchback climb.
#19 Wissahickon Trail 0.5 mile0.9 km
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Millvale, PA The Wissahickon trail is the main connector to ...
#20 Archery Trail 0.4 mile0.7 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Connector from Riverview Ave to Wissahickon Trail.
#21 Kilbuck Trail 0.6 mile0.9 km
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Millvale, PA Doubletrack trail connecting Marshall Trail and...
#22 Highwood Trail 0.3 mile0.5 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Connector Trail from Kilbuck Rd to Kilbuck Trail
#23 Overlook Trail 0.5 mile0.8 km
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Millvale, PA A fast connector trail that loops below Rivervi...
#24 Snyder's Point Loop Trail 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Millvale, PA The lower loop below Snyder's Point.
#25 Marshall Trail 0.7 mile1.1 km
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Pittsburgh, PA An easy doubletrack trail in Riverview.
#26 Dinky Bridge 0.4 mile0.6 km
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Edgewood, PA Short trail section with a bridge-over, a small...
#27 Iron Gate 0.7 mile1.2 km
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Homestead, PA A flowy downhill singletrack section.
#28 Backyard Trail 0.4 mile0.7 km
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Pittsburgh, PA A short Technical trail with several man made f...
#29 Bridle Trail 0.3 mile0.5 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Entrance to the trail system at the base of Riv...
#30 Bunker Hill Trail 0.4 mile0.6 km
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Pittsburgh, PA A paved path connecting One Wild Place to the u...
#31 Elm Grove Trail 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Pittsburgh, PA A steep footpath connecting The Oval to Lake Dr...
#32 Lake Grove Trail 0.1 mile0.1 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Steep footpath connecting Lake Drive to Bigelow...
#33 Bigelow Trail 0.3 mile0.5 km
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Aspinwall, PA A crushed limestone path off of Reservoir Drive...
#34 Mayor's Trail 0.6 mile1.0 km
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Aspinwall, PA A paved connecting trail along washington boule...
#35 Old Kilbuck Road 0.4 mile0.7 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Old paved road closed to cars, connecting Kilbu...
#36 Old Zoo Trail (Lower) 0.2 mile0.4 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Doubletrack trail from Valley Refuge Shelter to...
#37 Ground Hog Haven 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Millvale, PA Steep Connector from Marhsall Trail down to Val...
#38 Shortcut Trail 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Pittsburgh, PA Doubletrack Trail connecting Kilbuck Rd to Rive...
#39 Braddock Trail Alternate 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Pittsburgh, PA A short alternate singletrack section to Braddo...
#40 Old Wissahickon Road 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Bellevue, PA Steep fire road to climb up and access trails o...
#41 Observatory Trail 0.6 mile0.9 km
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Pittsburgh, PA A short loop around the base of the Allegheny O...
#42 Pope's View Trail 0.3 mile0.5 km
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Millvale, PA
#43 Violet Lane Trail 0.4 mile0.6 km
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Bellevue, PA Doubletack from Bridle Trail to Snyder's P...
#44 Braddock Trail 1.3 mile2.1 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA A short trail section with a bridge over a smal...
#45 Roller Coaster 0.9 mile1.5 km
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Edgewood, PA Up, down, and all around singletrack.
#46 Falls Ravine Trail 0.4 mile0.7 km
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Edgewood borough, PA A fire road climb/descent from lower to upper F...
#47 Bench Trail 0.4 mile0.6 km
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Edgewood, PA Tree roots galore and singletrack.
#48 Reservoir Drive Walk 1.0 mile1.6 km
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Pittsburgh, PA A walking path around Reservoir Drive which get...
#49 Tranquil Trail 1.2 mile1.9 km
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Edgewood borough, PA An easy and well maintained fire road.
#50 Connecting Road Trail 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Aspinwall, PA
#51 Pool Connector 0.0 mile0.0 km
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Aspinwall, PA
#52 Volleyball Court Connector 0.1 mile0.1 km
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Aspinwall, PA
#53 Lake Carnegie Walk 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Aspinwall, PA
#54 Carnegie Trail 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Aspinwall, PA
#55 Memorial Trail 0.2 mile0.4 km
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Sharpsburg, PA
#56 Zoo Trail Steps 0.0 mile0.1 km
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Aspinwall, PA
#57 Babbling Brook Trail 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Aspinwall, PA
#58 Reservoir Drive to Lake Dri... 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Aspinwall, PA
#59 Bigelow Trail Connector 0.0 mile0.0 km
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Aspinwall, PA
#60 Overlook Trail to Mayor... 0.0 mile0.1 km
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Aspinwall, PA
#61 Homewood Trail Connector 0.0 mile0.0 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#62 Riverview Trail Connector 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Edgewood, PA
#63 Beechwood Blvd to Nature Tr... 0.1 mile0.1 km
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Edgewood, PA
#64 Deer Creek Trail 0.1 mile0.1 km
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Swissvale, PA
#65 Braddock Trail from Milton ... 0.0 mile0.0 km
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Edgewood, PA
#66 Forbes ave to Biddle / Brad... 0.3 mile0.4 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#67 Undercliff Trail 0.1 mile0.1 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#68 Biddle Trail 0.3 mile0.6 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#69 Clayton Hill Loop 0.4 mile0.7 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#70 Hawthorne Trail to Homewood... 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#71 Hawthorne Trail to S Richla... 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#72 Kensington Trail 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#73 Hawthorne Trail 0.3 mile0.4 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#74 Lower Nine Mile Run Trail 0.4 mile0.6 km
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Swissvale, PA
#75 Firelane Trail Extension 0.3 mile0.5 km
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Edgewood, PA
#76 Riverview Extension Trail 0.2 mile0.4 km
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Edgewood, PA
#77 Dogwood Grove Connector - O... 0.0 mile0.0 km
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Bellevue, PA
#78 Davis Ave Bridge to Rivervi... 0.0 mile0.1 km
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Bellevue, PA
#79 Kilbuck Trail to Old Zoo Trail 0.1 mile0.1 km
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Millvale, PA
#80 Marshall Trail to Highwood ... 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Millvale, PA
#81 Leaning Ash - Access from P... 0.0 mile0.0 km
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Millvale, PA
#82 Leaning Ash Trail 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Millvale, PA
#83 Old Barn Road 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Millvale, PA
#84 Chapel Trail 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Millvale, PA
#85 Watson's Trail 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Bellevue, PA
#86 Violet Lane Trail to Snyder... 0.3 mile0.5 km
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Pittsburgh, PA
#87 Observatory Trail Connector 0.0 mile0.0 km
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Millvale, PA
#88 Observatory Trail Extension 0.1 mile0.1 km
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Millvale, PA
#89 Deer Hollow Trail 0.2 mile0.3 km
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Millvale, PA
#90 Homewood Trail to Hawthorne... 0.0 mile0.1 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#91 Undercliff Road Connector 0.1 mile0.1 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#92 Homewood Trail Connector 0.0 mile0.1 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#93 Homewood Trail to Hawthorne... 0.1 mile0.2 km
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Wilkinsburg, PA
#94 Entrance and access paved r... 0.2 mile0.4 km
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Edgewood borough, PA
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