Summary: The bike/jog trail in North Park is a fairly broad paved burm of the road tracing a 5 mile path around North Park Lake. For half of the trail, bikers and joggers share the space but along the one-way Lake Shore Drive, bikers and pedestrians each get their own lane traveling clockwise and share another combined lane in the other direction.
There are places to park all along the route along with many water fountains, rest rooms, picnic shelters and playgrounds.
There are also more than a dozen Geocaches located within park boundries, four less than 1,000 feet off the path. One could spend a whole day logging them all, and racking up about 15 miles of hiking.
Trailhead: While there are half a dozen places along the route to park, the largest lot is at the Boat House set in the middle of the park. There are multiple approaches but one could take I-79 N or Rt 19 N to Rt 910 E and Wexford. Then Pierce Mill Rd. South to the park. Ingmar Rd to Babcock Blvd and then to the other end of Pierce Mill Rd may be a more direct route.
Trail Guides for North Park Bike/Jog Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: North Park Office 724-935-1971
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Geiselman, who has posted 96 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by DWS on 11/8/2011
Unfortunately, the County has repaved the trail along Babcock Boulevard with concrete. Very hard on the ankles and knees. This is supposed to be an improvement. They sure didn't consult any hikers or runners when they planned this project.
Reviewed by jk on 4/10/2011
Great place to run, walk, hike and bike. From what I understand is that a local bicycle club actually performs all trail maintnance with very few hikers if any actually participating in the work days. Anyway, nice place for a jog, trails are clean, and everyone is always friendly.
Reviewed by MWM on 9/11/2009
North park is a very pleasant place to walk, run, people watch, and bike ride. Besides the main 5 mile paved lane there are also trails in the woods to hike. When you are running or walking, watch out for those overly serious cyclists with all the expensive and tight-fitting clothing. If you aren't careful, they will run you over. AKA: everyone (including runners) should try to stay on "their" side of the path.
Reviewed by Andrew on 8/1/2007
An enjoyable trail but groups of runners often ignore the fact that there is a designated BIKE LANE and there is a bit of arrogance that comes when occupying it.
Reviewed by nrm on 2/1/2007
Reviewed by skiingbear on 5/15/2006
All right, but I am not used to the traffic. Because I am spoiled by the rail trail system.
Reviewed by Matt on 7/28/2005
I love running at North Park, but wish to make a statement to people who run/walk there. BE CONSIDERATE! When people are running/walking towards you from the opposite direction don't continue to run/walk 2, 3 or 4 abreast make some space. Also whichever direction you are travelling around the lake, KEEP RIGHT. Don't force people to run/walk to your outside, especially if you are forcing them to run/walk with THEIR backs to moving car traffic.
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