Schenley Park – Things To Do

Bike Trails

Schenley Park’s wide, even paths and gently sloping trails are great for all ability levels. The newly paved bicycle- and pedestrian-only Pocusset Street is a great connector between Squirrel Hill and Greenfield. See bike trails through and around the park by checking out this map from Bike Pittsburgh.

Walking Trails

Easy

For a pleasant and easy stroll, take a short garden features loop beginning at the Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center.  Cross Schenley Drive toward Phipps. Pass the outdoor garden, cross Frank Curto Drive and walk up Flagstaff Hill.  Loop back to the Visitor Center and cross Schenley Drive again for an optional trip to Westinghouse Pond.

 

Intermediate

A popular intermediate run or walk is a woodland walk/run.  From behind the Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center, pick up the Upper Panther Hollow trail until it loops over Bartlett Street and connects with the Bridle Trail.  Follow the Bridle Trail beneath the meadow, crossing over the Boulevard of the Allies and back to Panther Hollow Bridge.

Difficult

For a rigorous workout, explore Schenley’s forest interior. Get started behind the Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center by taking the Lower Panther Hollow Trail and returning on the Steve Faloon Trail via Westinghouse Pond.

 

Schenley Oval Sportsplex and Skate Rink

Pittsburghers looking for serious exercise will find it at the Schenley Oval with its 13 tennis courts, 400-meter all-weather running track, sports turf soccer field and high jump area, and cross-country trails. The Schenley Oval Sportsplex hosts the Citiparks Summer Senior Games; the area’s largest cross-country meet, the Red, White & Blue Classic; and the Bob O’Connor Summer Tennis Classic.

The skating rink is currently open for ice skating. Its meeting facility is open year-round. Three special events — Skate with Santa, the Mascot Skate, and Valentine’s on Ice — are held each season, with special group discount days throughout. Click here for more information or call 412-422-6523.

 

Bob O’Connor Golf Course

The Bob O’Connor Golf Course is a 4,600-yard natural public course on rolling terrain for golfers of all ages and abilities and is open all year round.  Amenities at the 18-hole, par 67 course include lessons, a snack bar, practice greens, and an indoor practice facility where golfers can play a “virtual” round on St. Andrews, Pebble Beach and 31 other famous courses.  The golf course is operated by The First Tee of Pittsburgh. Visit them online at www.thefirstteepittsburgh.org or call 412-622-6959.

 

Swimming Pool

City pools are open Memorial Day to Labor Day and offer programming for infants, children and seniors. Classes include water awareness for young children, swim lessons and water aerobics. For information on season pool tags or daily admission fees, call 412-323-7928. During the summer, contact the pool at 412-422-4266.

 

Disc Golf Course

The 18-hole Disc Golf Course offers golf of a different kind. Standing at the designated tee areas, players attempt to throw their Frisbees into elevated baskets in the fewest possible tries. The course, which stretches from the Schenley Overlook to the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion, winds its way through the park’s wooded areas. For more information, visit www.pfds.org or call the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society at 724-933-6969.

 

Junction Hollow Fields

The 150-foot deep, 2.5-mile Junction Hollow Valley on the west border of Schenley Park contains several soccer fields as well as a portion of the Eliza Furnace trail.

For Kids

Bartlett Playground

Striking orange castle tops lead visitors to the Bartlett Playground, where a playground and popular shelter provide a fun entrance to the park’s trail system. A nearby meadow blooms with daisies and other native wildflowers in the spring, while over 10,000 daffodils line the sidewalk.

 

Anderson Playground

The medieval castle-like play environment includes ladders, turrets, and slides surrounded by a landscaped moat of uneven timber rounds, evergreens, and perennials. Brontosaurus paw prints cast from the fossil collection of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History help lead children from one play area to the next. After you’re done swinging and sliding, take the newly repaired steps down to Panther Hollow Lake for a walk through the woods.

Camp David Lawrence

This play area is named for former Pittsburgh mayor David Lawrence. It is located on Overlook Drive down the hill from the ice rink and disc golf course.

 

Vietnam Veterans Pavilion Playground

One of the park system’s most popular picnic shelters, the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion also features a playground and horseshoe court.