Allegheny • Clarion River Valley Region (Blueprint Initiative)


Parker Bridge

Photo by Cindy Ford

Visit Parker, the “Smallest City in the U.S.A.”

Slip away to the “Smallest City in the U.S.A.” for a leisurely day on the river, a stroll through the quaint city, and a delightful meal with the locals.

The charming city of Parker is just 62 miles northeast of Pittsburgh off Interstate 80 at exits 42 and 45. The city boasts a rich history and promises beautiful scenery and the small city friendliness of yesteryear.

Parker provides an idyllic setting for a day trip. Spend a leisurely morning or afternoon on the water boating, canoeing, or kayaking. Put your watercraft in the beautiful Allegheny River (voted Pennsylvania’s 2017 River of the Year) at Emlenton and paddle back to Parker. Or, for a longer trip, embark at Parker and float south to East Brady.

Two trails await the adventurous traveler at Parker. The Allegheny River Trail, a biking trail, extends from Parker to Foxburg. It begins again at Emlenton and runs north to Franklin and beyond. The North Country National Scenic Trail, a walking trail that runs through seven northern states, enters Parker on S. Jackson Avenue, runs the entire length of Parker’s business district, crosses the Veterans Memorial Bridge, and continues north on the same path as the Allegheny River Trail. An informational kiosk outlines these trails and provides locations of local restaurants and other attractions. The kiosk is located on North River Avenue near the unisex public restroom, across from the boat launch.

Parker Bridge

Parker Bridge

The city park on N. Euclid Avenue includes 2 baseball fields, a tennis court, a basketball court, a skateboard park, a playground, 2 picnic pavilions, and modern restrooms. The pavilions may be reserved (large $35, small $25 – includes electricity and water) by calling the City office at 724-399-2800, ext. 2. Leave a message; the City Clerk will return your call.

The community center is located on S. Wayne Avenue. The hall may be reserved (large room $200; small room $35) by calling the City office. (See above.)

State Game Land #95, located on S. Jackson Avenue, provides excellent hunting grounds for the avid hunter. And several varieties of fish await the fishermen in the waters of the Allegheny River.

Sit back and watch the sun set at Postage Stamp Park overlooking the Allegheny River and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the nature that surrounds this tiny city.

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