The Cave and Nike Missile Site at Montour Woods Conservation Area

The Montour Woods Conservation Area is a 300 acre park operated by the Hollow Oak Land Trust in Coraopolis, PA with over 10 miles of trails.

Accessible in just a short drive from downtown Pittsburgh, the park offers a great opportunity to get out in nature with a few unique sights to check out!

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Ohiopyle White Water Rafting Has Options for all Skill Levels

When it comes to getting out in nature, especially nature near Pittsburgh, it is really hard to say no to Ohiopyle State Park.

Between the trails, overlooks, and vastness of the park itself, you can really experience nature in any number of ways. But there is only one way to get out and enjoy the park at its most pristine and wild conditions- getting out on the water.

Thankfully, there are a number of Ohiopyle white water rafting options available to help you do just that.

So whether you are looking to simply have a nice day out on the water and enjoy the park, or have an adrenaline packed adventure on the water (while also enjoying nature in the down periods), rafting in Ohiopyle is a great option to consider.

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A Brief Hike at Braddock’s Trail Park to the Waterfall and Lookout

Braddock's Trail Park in Westmoreland County that, unless you are specifically looking for it or live nearby, you've probably never heard of before.

That is because this 148 acre park is relatively off-the-beaten-path for most hikers, and even we overlooked it for several years until our friends at UncoveringPA told us there is a modestly sized waterfall there to check out.

So we all hopped in a car and went down to see what the park is like!

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Climbing Through the Treetops at Go Ape North Park Near Pittsburgh

Tucked away just steps away from the lake at Pittsburgh's North Park is the Go Ape Treetop Adventure obstacle course.

This one is almost a blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of place (we sure did during our first visit to the park several years back) and is the kind of spot you really should plan to take some time to visit and enjoy.

We were invited to check out the course by our friends at Go Ape Pittsburgh and put the course to the test during a nice summer day out in nature!

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Cedar Creek Park – A Quick Hike Through The Gorge

Cedar Creek Park is a 479 acre park located on the shore of the Youghiogheny River in Westmoreland County, just under an our southeast of Pittsburgh.

Although known for its picnic pavilions, access to the river, and being home to a section of the Great Allegheny Passage trail, Cedar Creek Park is also home to a beautiful one-mile hike through a shaded gorge that makes for a perfect morning out from Pittsburgh.

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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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