At 644 acres, Frick Park is one of Pittsburgh’s largest woodlands.
The park offers multiple trails for walkers, hikers and bicyclists.
Initiated by a donation by Henry Clay Frick in 1919, the park has continued to annex areas to build upon his original 151 acres.
In addition to over a dozen trails, there’s more than one playground, a red clay tennis court, baseball fields, a bike tire pumping station at one of the many shelters, and a not-to-be-missed Environmental Center.
That’s a lot to include in over six hundred acres, but it works and has no sense of crowding about it.
A Fitness Circuit starts near the Beechwood Boulevard entrance and takes about a half mile to complete.
The northernmost entrance is Reynolds Street across from the Frick Art & Historical Center (and Clayton House). This flat area contains a bowling green that sees a great deal of summer action.
Although we’re still dog-less, we appreciate the large O.L.E.A. (Off Leash Exercise Area) and the camaraderie of the different breeds romping there. Would be great if people got along so well, eh?
In spring, the various shades of green bursting forth let you know that snow is far behind. In the summer, the massive shade trees provide a reprieve from the oppressive heat and humidity. And in autumn, blackberries are ready to be picked and colorful leaves showing off are ready to be photographed.
Frick is an active park, so even if you come across one of the unnamed trails and go the wrong direction—ahem—eventually you’ll see someone or run into another juncture that sets you back on your way.
Some of the trail names evoke imagery:
Tranquil, Falls Ravine, Riverview, Deer Run and Iron Gate.
While others have obvious connections: Nine Mile Run for the six and a half mile watershed on the southernmost part of the park, Braddock for the leader during the French and Indian War, and Clayton trail for obvious reasons.
Trails in Frick Park can be leisurely or steep.
Unfortunately, the map doesn’t rate the trails or provide elevation changes. When you’re ready to hike, don the right shoes, opt for trekking poles to add an arm workout and get going—you’ll enjoy whichever path you choose to take.