Cross Creek County Park – Don’t Go for Hiking, Go for Boating!

Cross Creek County Park is a 2,000+ acre park in Washington County just east of Avella, PA (about 50 minutes west of Pittsburgh and just a few miles from the Meadowcroft Rockshelter).

The park features several areas with facilities such as picnic tables, kids play areas, and more, but the real gem of this park is Cross Creek Lake!

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Boyce Park Ski Slopes and Snow Tubing Offer Winter Fun

Boyce Park is one of the most popular parks in Allegheny County. It offers an array of trails and outdoor activities to be enjoyed all year round, but unlike other county parks this one is perhaps best enjoyed in Pittsburgh's winters!

The reason for this is that Boyce Park is home to a modest winter resort that includes several trails, a tubing course, and many other outdoor activities scheduled throughout the season.

After having enjoyed tubing at Seven Springs, we made the trip to Boyce Park to check out their tubing slopes and had a great day out!

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Buttermilk Falls in Beaver Falls – An Easy Walk to a Beautiful Cascade

Buttermilk Falls is a beautiful waterfall located just outside of the main stretch of Beaver Falls, PA.

But while you may not drive out to this town to visit the waterfalls on their own, they make for a great stop if you happen to be in the region and are looking to explore!

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Todd Nature Reserve – A Peaceful Sanctuary in Sarver, PA

The Todd Nature Reserve in Sarver, PA, is a 175 acre forest and wildlife sanctuary managed by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.

The land once belonged to W.E. Clyde Todd, a passionate bird watcher and Curator of Birds at the Carnegie Museum in the early 1900s who used to bird watch on the property. In an effort to keep the land a wildlife sanctuary for generations to come, Mr. Todd donated the land to the Audubon Society in the 1940s and they have managed it to date.

With many hiking trials, a beautiful pond full of frogs, bird watching, and spring wild flowers, there is truly a lot to see at the nature reserve bearing Mr. Todd's name!

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Mingo Creek – A Walk Between Covered Bridges in Washington County

Mingo Creek County Park is a 2,600 acre park located in Finleyville, PA, about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh.

With a beautiful paved walking trail along the creek, covered bridges, an observatory, and picnic pavilions abound, it should be no surprise that this park is often considered to be a favorite among residents of Washington County!

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Ohiopyle State Park – Hiking Cucumber Falls to Cascade Falls

Ohiopyle is a 19,000 acre state park located in southwestern Pennsylvania, about an hour and a half south of Pittsburgh.

It is often considered to be one of the star attractions of the region as the park offers numerous hiking trails, historical landmarks, and so much more- making it impossible to see it all in any single visit.

During a recent trip we tried the hike from Cucumber Falls to the Cascade Falls and quickly found out why it is one of the best trails to experience in the park (and the perfect hike for a day trip from the city)!

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Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens – A Secluded Garden Oasis in Oakdale

The Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens is a nature reserve in Oakdale, PA- located right next door to Settlers Cabin Park. The park opened in early 2015 on a 460 acre plot of land once used for mining and logging, and currently has about 60 acres that was transformed back into pristine nature and open for visitors to enjoy.

This one does require a payment for entry, and those who visit will enjoy a serene hike in nature through several themed zones and unique art pieces.

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Boyce Mayview Park – Getting In Over Our Heads in a Summer Visit

I want to tell you about us having an awesome time at Boyce Mayview Park in Upper St. Clair.

I want to tell you that we saw all of the various areas at the park, the supposed waterfalls, and experienced some of the other unique buildings and sights to see as well.

I want to tell you to get into your car and head to this one right this very minute.

But I can't.

Today, I want to share why we failed miserably at seeing Boyce Mayview Park, and why this is important for those who want to visit in the future.

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Round Hill Park – Gorgeous Green Spaces and a Working Farm

Round Hill Park in Elizabeth, PA, is a 1,100 acre park that takes on a familiar layout as far as local parks are concerned- namely being home to a large concentration of pavilions, unblazed hiking trails, and a few play areas for kids.

In fact, for the longest time we thought this was all that was available at Round Hill Park, and for that reason we made it the last of all of the Allegheny County Parks we visited.

But there was one thing we did not know that Round Hill Park has, and that is a working exhibit farm that is so impressive it is worth the drive to Elizabeth alone.

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