“This is a scenic hike starting and ending at the Observatory, taking you past several key places in and around the park.”
— Bethany Zabiegalski
Along this adventure, you'll see the old Bear Pitt/Zoo where there used to be live animals (but not anymore), the Chapel Shelter, the Allegheny Observatory, and the Riverview Stables.
Features: Fall Colors — Swimming — Views — Wildlife
Family Friendly: This is an easy hike in an area that has a playground the kids will love.
Need to Know
Real bathrooms are available in the park facilities along the way (during open hours), but porta-potties are located throughout just in case.
This is a great scenic hike at Riverview Park, starting and ending at the Allegheny Observatory. Hiking down the road from the Observatory, head left on Old Barn Road
to reach Bob Harvey Trail
. You’ll go past the pool, where you can then take the road down to Chapel Shelter. Take the Short-Cut Trail
to the Overlook Trail
. Follow the Overlook Trail
down to Old Kilbuck Road and the Riverview Stables. Come back up and follow Riverview Avenue back to the Observatory.
History & Background
In the late 1800s when Mary Schenley donated Schenley Park to the City of Pittsburgh, the City of Allegheny (now just Pittsburgh’s northside) got competitive and residents pooled their money to buy this land, which used to be the old Watson Farm. Back in the day, it had a live bear pit, zoo, aviary, and pond.