Harrison Hills Park, located northeast of Pittsburgh, is a great park for hiking. Read more to find the best trail in the park for you and tips for visiting!
Harrison Hills Park is one of the best Allegheny County Parks for hiking. This park is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh and is the eastern-most county park. The park’s main feature is its spectacular views of the Allegheny River, but it also has a ton of other amenities for all park users.
Read on for more information about visiting Harrison Hills Park!
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Trails in Harrison Hills Park
Harrison Hills offers fourteen miles of multi-use walking, biking, hiking and bridle trails. Make sure to follow trail rules and respect all users!
The Rachel Carson trail is a 45 mile trail that runs from North Park to Harrison Hills. There is approximately 6 miles of the RCT blazed in Harrison Hills, including my personal favorite section of the Carson. The literal straight up hills of earlier RCT sections of the trail give way to switchbacks and beautiful views of the Allegheny. This trail is so well blazed and it’s nice to power through the trail’s miles.
Depending on the year, this park is either the start or the finish of the Rachel Carson Challenge, a 37-miles-in-one-day hiking challenge. For more information about the Rachel Carson Challenge, check out my guide to the challenge.
Interested in tackling a hiking challenge? Check out these Hiking Challenges in Pennsylvania and Ohio!
This five mile trail circumnavigates the park and is great if you’re looking to explore all aspects of Harrison Hills. It overlaps with the RCT at the eastern edge of the park and is a moderate to difficult hike based on the elevation and proximity to cliff bluff. This is another great trail for views of the Allegheny and is a great way to experience the scenic overlook, as this trail starts at the Overlook parking lot.
This 2.1 mile trail has moderate elevation gain, so is better for beginner hikers or those looking for a shorter hike. The trail overlaps with the Red Trail for a bit along the western side of the park, so if you don’t want to tackle the full Red Trail, this is a great alternative! The Green Trail can become a little swampy in the spring or when it rains but is a great little hike!
For a map of all the trails in Harrison Hills Park, visit the Allegheny County Parks website and search for Harrison Hills. I also recommend seeing if your desired trail is on AllTrails or you can use the Allegheny County Parks app.
Love Allegheny County Parks? Check out my round up of all nine county parks!
About Harrison Hills Park
Located on 500 acres in Harrison Township, Harrison Hills Park features an environmental learning center, a scenic overlook, playgrounds, soccer fields, and a birding area (as well as the fourteen miles of trails I mentioned above)!
The park officially opened in 1971 and has been a staple of the county park system ever since.
Looking for more hikes with views in the area? Check out Best Hikes with Views Near Pittsburgh!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Harrison Hills allow dogs?
Harrison Hills allows dogs on leash on all trails. The park also has a a dog park, where dogs can go off leash.
How many parks are there in Allegheny County?
There are nine parks in the Allegheny County Park system.
How can I volunteer at the park?
Friends of Harrison Hills Park work to maintain the park and keep it beautiful for visitors. Visit their Facebook page to learn more!
How do I get to Harrison Hills?
To visit Harrison Hills, put the following address in your navigation device: 5200 Freeport Rd, Natrona Heights, PA 15065.
Are there any wheelchair accessible trails in Harrison Hills?
The path to the Watts Memorial Overlook is wheelchair accessible.
When is the best time to visit Harrison Hills?
The park is great to visit in all seasons, but I prefer to visit in winter. The lack of leaves means the river views are even better!
Updated January 3, 2024