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Churchill Valley Greenway Park: Former Golf Club Turned into Public Park Meadow in Churchill and Penn Hills, Allegheny County

A former golf club on the edge of Churchill and Penn Hills in Allegheny County has reverted into a beautiful meadow, and thanks to a great grassroots effort and the Allegheny Land Grant, it has been transformed into a public park. We get to see the results of what happens to a golf course after ten years of nature reclaiming the greens. 5 miles of trails exist through the property, mostly on the old paved golf cart paths and some community-forged trails. 

The property consists of rolling hills, and it is creekside, with nature reclaiming the greens into meadows with birds, animals, and wildflowers. If not for the few hints of man made architecture, one would not know that this was a golf course. Now the land is open to the public for all to visit and enjoy, instead of sitting as blight, or as a country club where only a few could visit.

Trail Map: Courtesy of the Allegheny Land Trust

Late summer and early autumn is an incredible time to visit any of the meadows in Pennsylvania, as the flowers really pop. I even argue that this time of year with wildflowers is often more vibrant than autumn leaf change. This is a cool spot to visit at any time though, and it is wildly popular right now. It is great to have such great access to a natural spot like this within this area and in close proximity to Pittsburgh. This property is unique, unlike any other public access point within the immediate area. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the Pittsburgh area, or even on a road trip through the area just to stretch your legs. It is on Beulah Road in close proximity to the Churchill exit of 376/Parkway East. 

 For more information on visiting, check out the website at https://alleghenylandtrust.org/green-space/churchill-valley-greenway/ 

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