Point State Park
Point State Park, located at the confluence of three rivers, is at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle.” It commemorates and preserves the strategic and historic heritage of the area during the French and Indian War (1754 - 1763).
Once a busy industrial area, the area had deteriorated into a commercial slum by the 1940s. The development of a state park was authorized in 1945 and the first parcel of the 36-acre property was purchased in 1946. The park was completed and dedicated in 1974. It is now one of the nation’s outstanding historical parks and tourist attractions and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Visitors walk along paved promenades on the riverfront and to overlooks for dramatic views of Pittsburgh, its busy waterways, scenic hillsides and many bridges. Natural landscaping and a 100-foot tall fountain enhance the beauty of this unique park at the “Forks of the Ohio.” Numerous benches are located throughout the park or visitors may choose to bring a blanket to picnic on the lawn areas. A stepped wall or stone bleacher along the Allegheny River section of the park provides seating for outdoor events. Cleats are available along the Allegheny or Monongahela Rivers for boaters to moor during the day at the park. Bicyclists can ride along the paved pathways through the park to reach various bike routes throughout the city that connect to the North Shore Trail, the South Side Trail and the Eliza Furnace Trail. In the near future, the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail which runs from Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh will connect to the park.
The Fort Pitt Museum, the Fort Pitt Block House, plaques, markers and other features interpret the history and significance of the area.
Point State Park is operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of State Parks. The park is operated and maintained by the City of Pittsburgh under an agreement with DCNR.
Monuments, plaques and markers throughout the park commemorate events and people of historic importance at the Forks of the Ohio.
The location of Fort Duquesne is marked by a granite tracery (outline) within the Great Lawn area. The center of the tracery contains a bronze medallion depicting the fort.
The locations of four of the five bastions (projecting parts of the fortification) of Fort Pitt have been delineated. The Flag Bastion and the Monongahela Bastion have been reconstructed of brick. The Flag Bastion overlooks the Monongahela River and the parking lot. The Fort Pitt Museum is housed in the Monongahela Bastion. Both the Music Bastion located in the city-side lawn area and the Ohio Bastion located in the plaza across from the museum and block house are marked by granite traceries. The traceries of both Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt are lit by LED lights for a spectacular view from above at night.
The original location of the rivers edge during the mid-1700s is depicted by a granite tracery within the Great Lawn area.
Fort Pitt Museum
The museum focuses on the French and Indian War as well as the frontier period of local history and contains numerous displays and exhibits on the area's historic impact. A large diorama on the first floor contains a model of the fort. Owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and operated by the Senator John Heinz History Center administers the museum, which is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An admission fee is charged for those 6 and older. 412-281-9284 Fort Pitt Museum
Fort Pitt Blockhouse
Built by Colonel Henry Bouquet in 1764, the blockhouse is the oldest architectural landmark in Western Pennsylvania. Owned and operated by the Fort Pitt Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, the block house is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Free Admission. For more information on tours at the Fort Pitt Block House, call 412-471-1764.
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Access for People with Disabilities
The main park entrance, walkways, restrooms and water fountains are ADA accessible.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.