North Park Freeride and Skills Area

Dr J Freeride Trail

The Dr J Freeride Trail is an advanced trail for intermediate level freeride enthusiasts. The trail is fast and flowy with elevated wooden bridges, drop-off features, jumps, banked turns, a rock garden and skinny wooden bridge features.


Freeride Skills Park

The Skills Park was built to help beginner freeriders increase their skill levels to be able to ride the Dr J Trail. The Skills Area offers four short trails with features of progressive difficulty for beginners to “session” and refine skills. There is a line with drops, a line with skinnies, a beginner jump line and an expert jump line.  All lines flow to the bottom of the Skills Area and where there is a return trail to get to the top.


Quick Facts

  • Located in North Park, 13 miles north of Pittsburgh
  • Includes the Dr J Freeride Trail and Freeride Skills Park
  • A free, unique outdoor public facility designed and built by Trail Pittsburgh’s volunteer North Park Freeride Build Crew
  • Closed during winter/spring until April or May opening date is announced

The NPFR Build Crew consists of more than 30 volunteers who have put in over 5,000  work hours hours. Design and installation were led by Dr. J (Jamie) Pfaeffle, Bill Kirk and Dave Brunger. The NPFR Build Crew will continue to grow and be active in the installation and maintenance of the North Park Freeride Area, the only one of its kind within hundreds of miles. Workdays to maintain and improve NPFR are announced on our Events page and on our Facebook page. We hope to begin construction of a new IMBA style “Flow Trail” in 2015.


The North Park Freeride (NPFR) Area is a unique outdoor freeride and skills area. NPFR consists of the Dr J Freeride Trail and the Freeride Skills Park.

The NPFR Area is located next to Sharon Shelter (Pie Traynor Field Area), near North Park Pool.

Note: The Freeride Trail and the Skills Park are closed from Decmeber until April or May to repair Spring thaw damage and permit mud to dry out. Please do not ride the NPFR during these months as the dirtwork is muddy and riding when muddy causes damage to the dirtwork. Check the Trail Pittsburgh website and our Facbook group in the Spring for opening date information. We also post workday information to the Trail Pittsburgh website and our Facbook group, Pittsburgh Freeride.