Murrysville, Pennsylvania Attractions

by Michelle Hornaday

Located 16 miles east of Pittsburgh, the Municipality of Murrysville is home to 20,000 residents and occupies 37 square miles. A rural version of Hollywood, Murrysville has a landmark hillside sign spelling out the city's name as a notable tourist attraction. Spend the day at 100 acres of park lands across the city, or visit in the summer on Community Day, when Murrysville celebrates with fireworks, petting zoos, bands and car shows. Visit one of several Murrysville recreational attractions any time of year.

Townsend Park

Take an easy stroll on the quarter-mile Pine Grove or half-mile Ron Stoll trails at 160-acre Townsend Park (murrysville.com), or try the Heart Attack Hill or Pokeberry Hill trails for a more strenuous walk or jog up to 1,340 feet in elevation. A pavilion overlooking a pond may be reserved for group events, and two gardens are open to park visitors. A gazebo and second pavilion, ball fields, camp fire pit and six additional trails are also available at Townsend Park, which is located in northeast Murrysville, near Twin Oaks Road.

Staymates Log House and Haymaker Gas Well

Visit the Staymates Log House (murrysvillehistory.org), built between 1785 and 1790, to experience a place from Murrysville's history. Maintained by the Murrysville Historical Preservation Society, the two-story cabin is thought to have served as a rest stop for pioneers traveling west on the Forbes Trail and also as a defense stronghold against attacks. The log house and a barn sit on seven acres of city-owned property on Roundtop Road. Originally tapped as an oil source in 1878, the Haymaker Gas Well is known as the first commercial gas well in the U.S. and is marked with a plaque at a site on Carson Street.

Murrysville Tree Sign

Created by a Boy Scout Troop from 850 red pine and scotch trees in 1993, the Murrysville Tree Sign (murrysville.com) spells out the name of the city on a hillside and measures 650 by 125 feet. The sign is maintained by the Sportsmen and Landowners Alliance of Murrysville, which holds a lighting ceremony each December of the first letter "M" in the sign, which points toward the Haymaker Gas Well.

Boyce Park

During the winter months, head four miles north from Murrysville to 1,096-acre Boyce Park (alleghenycounty.us) to ski, snowboard or snow tube down trails from a chair lift. The Allegheny County park is a year-round destination, with a wave pool and tennis courts for warm weather months as well as a 3-B's Action Park for boards, blades and bikes. A historic log house is open for tours in the summer months at Boyce Park, and a nature center has regularly scheduled events and festivals. Other park amenities include athletic fields, shelters, playgrounds and an archery range.

Other City Parks

Other recreational attractions in Murrysville include 148-acre Duff Park (murrysville.com), with several walking and biking trails, 262-acre Pleasant Valley Park, with trails through hills, valleys and open fields, and the Royal Highlands Baseball Field. Bring the family pet to Murrysville Community Park, where a dog park is divided into sections for small and large dogs. Bordered by a stream, Bear Hollow Park has a children's playground and athletic courts and fields available to visitors.

About the Author

Michelle Hornaday lives in Edmonds, Washington and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Washington State University and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University. She is currently a freelance writer for various websites.