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Deer Lakes Park (map, park map)

 

Deer Lakes Park is an Allegheny County Park.  If you plan on hiking here, I recommend downloading the Allegheny County Parks app and, within the app, downloading the map of this park for offline use. 

Even though the app hangs at times and may need to be restarted, it shows you all the blazed trails and its GPS function shows you exactly where you are on the trail.  The website with interactive maps, PDF maps and links to the app is here.

 

This 1,180 acre (4.8km2) park is mostly known for its three man-made lakes that are spring-fed.  Two of the lakes are easily accessible with a paved handicap accessible walking trail around them from a central parking lot.  There are also a playground, restrooms, picnic facilities and educational markers.

 

Deer Lakes Park has good hiking on loop trails and the trails are fairly well marked with different colored blaze symbols.  The nice thing is that connectors have the same color as the main trail that they connect to, but use e.g. black, white, orange or red dots.

 

To get to the third lake, drive to Angler’s Parking Lot and you will see the trail head near the end.  The 0.26 mile trail that brings you to the lake has the purple with black dot blaze symbol.  When you come to the lake, you can either spend some time there and then go back or find the unblazed trail around the lake of make a left into the forest (do not go up the hill) to explore the 1.13 mile purple loop trail.

Both trails are easy to moderate walking.

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