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Settlers Cabin Park (map, park map)

 

Settlers Cabin 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.

 

Settlers Cabin Park is a 1,610-acre park named for a 1780s Walker-Ewing-Glass Log House which was added to the List of Historic Landmarks of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation in 1970.  The park layout is centered around several picnic groves with native American names.

 

Close-by, are a wave pool and the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens which charge admission.

Settlers Cabin Park has 3 blazed loop trails and several unblazed trails.  The 2 mile Green Loop trail leads to a small waterfall.  At the time of my last visit, in June 2020, the waterfall area was closed for re-vegetation.

 

The 2 mile Blue Loop trail is also a nice trail.  If you like, you can even make a short detour to the waterfall on the green loop.  Starting at the parking lot of the Tomahawk Shelter this trail goes through the forest and around the end of Teepee Drive.  Towards the last quarter of the hike, you will come to the tennis courts and the blaze symbols stop.  Keep walking on the green along the tree line until you come to an asphalted road behind the courts.  There are restrooms in case you need them.  Follow the road and stay left (west) of the hockey rink that you will soon see.  Shortly behind the rink you will see the blue blaze symbols again as the trail leads you back into the woods.

 

There is also a Purple Loop trail which is 1.4 miles long.

In case that these trails are too short for you, you can easily combine all of them as they are all connected and make it a little under 5 mile hike.

Hiking Trail in Settlers Cabin Park
Hiking Trail in Settlers Cabin Park
Hiking Trail in Settlers Cabin Park
Flowers at Hiking Trail in Settlers Cabin Park
Tree with fungi at Hiking Trail in Settlers Cabin Park
Hiking Trail in Settlers Cabin Park

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