It’s not always possible to take grand adventures, and I’m pretty sure I’d be exhausted without a break or two from the big ones!
So we fill our days exploring Pittsburgh, into the city and out beyond the bus lines too. One of our favorite quiet spots is Potter Park, our ‘secret’ sanctuary. In 7 years I have never come across another soul there!
Potter Park is a gem for hiking and exploring with young kids. The path is well marked, relatively level and laid with gravel, and the trail leads to every kid’s favorite thing- water! It’s just under 3/4 mile from the parking area to the pond and back, so it’s definitely easy for little legs… or bikes.
Older adventurers can find lots of places to safely wander down to the creek, and there are a few trails that branch off from the main path for kids to explore along. The park is very peaceful; though you can see houses in the distance beyond the trees, it has always been very quiet there when we visit. I think that is my favorite thing about this hidden gem: it’s so easy to hear myself thing there.
My kids adore playing in the creek, skipping stones in the pond, and talking about Harry Potter. A lot. Because, of course, we are at Potter Park!
You can find Potter Park in the McCandless area, north of Pittsburgh. From the corner of Ingomar and Harmony Road, head North on Harmony past the gas station and beer distributor. About 1/4 mile ahead of you is a road marked private. Continue down the private road another 1/4 mile or so until you see a blocked off path on the left. This is the easiest entrance to the park.
And if you find us there, be sure to stop and say hi!