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For people with chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease, walking might seem nearly impossible. However, performing gentle forms of exercise can improve exercise tolerance, improve blood oxygen levels and increase lung function, helping you feel better overall. Exercise also releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that reduce stress and enhance mood. While walking is an excellent form of gentle exercise, sometimes it can be challenging to find the inspiration to walk. Shake up your walking routine, call your friends and check out some of the best Pittsburgh walking trails.
Where can I find some of the best Pittsburgh walking trails?
Walking around your neighborhood or a local track is great, but sometimes it’s fun to try something new. Every state has parks with walking and hiking trails of varying difficulty, but for people with lung diseases, it can be challenging to find the best trail for them. With your health in mind, we’re here to help you find easy walking trails that are also accessible to people with mobility impairments.
Trail Link is a website where you can search for trails near your local city. You can also filter your search results by what you want to do on the trail, wheelchair accessibility, length of trail and type of trail surface. Then, Trail Link will show you walking trails nearby that meet your criteria, and you can click on the trail’s name to learn more.
What are some of the best Pittsburgh walking trails?
With beautiful scenery from every angle, be sure to bring your camera and a friend to enjoy these best Pittsburgh walking trails.
Little Crabtree Creek Trail
Less than an hour from Pittsburgh, the Little Crabtree Creek travels for just over a mile in Unity Township, east of Greensburg. From the parking lot of Westmoreland County’s Twin Lakes Park, the Little Crabtree Creek Trail travels out of the park and begins to follow the former right-of-way of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Alexandria Branch. Because it’s a rail-trail, the gradient is very gentle, making for an easy trip, and the Little Crabtree Creek Trail is wheelchair accessible.
Offering beautiful, shady and quiet experiences, you’ll be able to enjoy this easy walking trail with friends, family and grandchildren alike. Be sure to bring your camera to capture all of the fun you’re sure to have. Additional recreational opportunities can be found in the park, including picnicking, fishing and boating.
Take a stroll through the Arboretum Trail in Pennsylvania, and enjoy this wheelchair accessible, landscaped trail through downtown Oakmont. Also part of the rail-trail, the rail corridor has a dramatic history of use and disuse. According to Trail Link, between 1853 and 1856, the Allegheny Valley Railroad built a line that ran from Pittsburgh to Kittanning. In 1903, the Pennsylvania Railroad opened its Brilliant Cutoff, linking the Allegheny line with other sections of Kittanning. Declining rail traffic in the 1960s led then-owner Conrail to close one of the two tracks in the corridor. Then in 1995, the corridor was sold back to the Allegheny Valley Railroad, which reopened the rail line and sold the adjacent land for trail use. The Garden Club of Oakmont raised $3 million for trail construction, landscaping, corridor renovation and long-term maintenance of the plantings.
Wellsburg Yankee Trail
Another wheelchair accessible trail, the Wellsburg Yankee Trail is a short, paved rail-trail that spans the entire length of Wellsburg, a small city on the Ohio River in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. This community trail goes into the heart of Wellsburg, West Virginia, sharing Yankee Street and other low-traffic roads with motor vehicles where the original rail corridor was unavailable for trail development. Even though this trail is in West Virginia, it’s not a long drive through scenic country.
What are your favorite and best Pittsburgh walking trails?
We want to hear from you. Let us know about your favorite and best Pittsburgh walking trails, so we can add them to our list and share it with others. Call up your friends and family, so you can enjoy the great outdoors, get some exercise and breathe in some fresh air. In addition to gentle exercises like walking, cellular therapy can also improve lung function and quality of life for people with chronic lung diseases. We’re happy to answer your questions, so contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about cellular therapy options today.