Point State Park is located at the tip of Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle. It commemorates the historic heritage of the area during the French and Indian War of 1754-1763. Locally known as The Point, the park offers 36 acres to explore. It is here that the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers come together to form the Ohio River. The park officially open in August of 1974 after construction on the park’s iconic fountain. The fountain sits at the top of the Point, where two bridges (the Manchester Bridge and Point Bridge) previously connected. It also serves as a point marker along the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile bike trail.
Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne, the two oldest structures in Pittsburgh, are both located in the park. Visit the Fort Pitt Museum to learn about the French and Indian war. Both forts sit at what is referred to as the Forks of the Ohio. The area was once the center for trade and travel, which attracted both the French and British. Each wanted control of the river for trade purposes. The French built Fort Duquesne in 1754, which they held during the French and Indian War. After the site was captured by General John Forbes, the British built the larger Fort Pitt.
The park also hosts several cultural events including the Three Rivers Art Festival, Venture Outdoors Festival, and the Three Rivers Regatta.
Point State Park Reservations and Information:
601 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222, United States