Hays Woods Hike: Get to Know Pittsburgh’s Newest Park

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Hays Woods in September 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

18 September 2023

Are you curious about Pittsburgh’s newest and least developed city park? Get to know Hays Woods on a guided hike next Sunday.

Join the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC) and Bird Lab for a free bird and nature walk at Hays Woods on Sunday, September 24, 8:00am to 10:00am. Meet at the Hays Woods – Agnew Rd Trailhead in Baldwin. The hike is entitled:

Befriending the Forest: The Birds and Plants of Hays Woods.

The view from Hays Woods, September 2022 (photo by Kate St. John)

Here’s PPC’s description:

Come check out Pittsburgh’s newest city park for an exclusive hike with Bird Lab Avian Ecologist, Nick Liadis, and Jared Belsky, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Ecological Restoration Coordinator, Hays Woods.

Explore Hays Woods like never before, while learning about native plants and trees and how regional birds interact within this dense urban forest. This adventure will incorporate a mixture of species identification and bird watching. Fall migration is the best time to catch sight and sound of the migrating birds overhead.

Hike leaders are Jared Belsky of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy who manages PPC projects on site (photo on left) and Nick Liadis of Bird Lab who bands birds at Hays during spring and fall migration (photo on right). Both have extensive knowledge of Hays Woods from hands on experience.

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Hike announcement

Jared Belsky, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy & Nick Liadis, Bird Lab

This is a free event but you must Sign Up Here.

Hope to see you there.

p.s. The Hays Woods – Agnew Rd Trailhead has a small gravel parking lot. If this hike is well attended you may have to park on the street. GPS = 40.39852,-79.96324

(photo of Jared Belsky by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, all other photos by Kate St. John)

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