You might not expect to find a hike through the countryside right next to the South Hills Village, but that is just where this month’s trail is located.
The Gilfillan Trail Loop was a part of 60-acres of land purchased by Upper St. Clair in 1976 from the Gilfillan Family. Upper St. Clair decided to create a trail for hiking, jogging, and cross-country skiing.
If you are looking to take a short, easy hike this trail is child-friendly and a great walk to get you started this season. The trail takes about 30 minutes to walk totaling about 1.25 miles at an elevation of 1,300 feet. Wood chips cover the path, providing soft treading which can be good for avoiding joint injuries.
The trail takes you through woodlands where you can find 12 species of trees identified by colored discs, some up to 400 years old. The tree species are described in Upper St. Clair Township’s map brochure, which is available through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.
You will also walk through fields and meadows adjoining the 15-acre Gilfillan Family farm featuring a 19th-century farmhouse. This trail offers a leisurely hike or jog through a country setting just off of Route 19. If you need a quick get away from the hustle and bustle this is the trail for you. Take Route 19 to Orr Road where you can park across from the Upper St. Clair Fire Station and before the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Enter the trail loop in whichever direction you prefer. If you are looking for a place to unwind after your hike you will find a gazebo and a playground at the end of the parking lot.