Mark Twain once said: “when the world ends I want to be in Pittsburgh. It won’t happen there until 10 years after”.
And when you take up the offer to fish in one of the many great lakes we have here I can almost beleive it’s true. The pace slows down and you can really begin to enjoy nature.
I fish pretty regularly up at Lake Arthur. Its around 45-55 minutes from Pittsburgh. You can rent a boat there if you want to get to some better spots.
Typically fish North Shore area, and I catch Largemouth Bass / Catfish / Panfish. I pretty much target bass, and use plastics / spinner baits. In the late evening you catch Stripers up there.
Although its fished pretty heavy, there are places on the shore to fish around the park. Go up early morning / late evening.
Within the city limits, Frick Park is great, especially that passes below below Forbes Avenue and further South. Schenley has good casual walking/hiking trails.
Both are highly accessible from most campuses.
Harrison Hills park is also a nice park. It is one of the county parks (like N. Park or Hartwood). It has a really long trail that runs along side the cliffs over the Allegheny River. To hike the full loop takes about 2 hours with good views pretty much the whole time. It is right outside of Natrona Heights. From where you live, you could take 28 North to get there.
- Racoon Creek is great for hiking. Some of the trails can get very water logged after the rain but definitely my favorite for hiking.
- South Park is also very nice and has a pretty good golf course.
- The Montour Trail is obviously not a park but an awesome trail for hiking and biking. The map on the sight will show you many different places to get get on it and there are tons of little trails that spin off the main one.
Don’t forget the Three River Heritage Trail. It’s nowhere near as beautiful as dedicated parks, but it’s great for walking/biking.
For excursions, I recommend Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park. Lots of trails and lake coves.