Riverview Park

Things to Do in Riverview Park

Riverview Park is a jewel of Pittsburgh’s North Side. Created in 1894, the park predates the City of Allegheny’s annexation to the City of Pittsburgh in 1907 and has been enjoyed by its citizens for well over a century.

Today’s Riverview Park is known for its dense woodlands and steep topography, ideal for urban exploration along its many hiking trails. The 259-acre park is the fourth largest park in the City of Pittsburgh and is included in the Regional Parks Master Plan. Park Ranger Nancy Schaefer is located onsite at the Visitor Center to provide educational information about the park, answer visitors’ questions or offer recommendations on the best way visitors can enjoy Riverview Park’s recreational activities.

Now more than ever, fun and family-friendly outdoor spaces are essential, and Riverview Park has many opportunities for recreation, fitness and social gatherings.


Hiking and Walking Trails

Whether you’re hiking, biking, jogging or even horseback riding, you’ll find a trail perfect for you at the park, including the popular two-mile Riverview Loop.


Allegheny Observatory

The Observatory is one of the world’s leading astronomical research institutions and offers public observations, lectures and events.

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is home to the Moses Carper Memorial Library and offers hiking trail maps, tour information and a natural touch table.


Chapel Shelter

This historic picnic shelter, formerly a church, was restored in 2008 with a new trail and plantings of native trees and shrubs.

Outdoor Recreation

The park has many open spaces for families and friends to enjoy the outdoors, including the swimming pool, the playground, the soccer field, the baseball field and our off-leash dog park.


Activities Building

This fully equipped shelter is the largest gathering space in the park and features outdoor facilities and playground access.

Our Mission

Friends of Riverview Park (FOR Park) is a volunteer committee that works to advocate on behalf of Riverview Park. FOR Park is a project of the Northside Leadership Conference in partnership with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Keeping Riverview Park Beautiful

Park maintenance includes a broad range of tasks to keep a park enjoyable for all visitors. We do our best to keep Riverview Park beautiful. Have a request? Please contact us through our Maintenance Request Form.