The property includes the ridge and steep slopes of the Barking Slopes Biological Diversity Area located on the left descending bank of the Allegheny River. Awesome views of the river valley are available from the trails. Access is from Route 909 near Oakmont East Golf Course. Contact ALT for group parking arrangements.
The Barking Slopes Biological Diversity Area (BDA) is characterized by a relatively steep walled, forested valley and stream known as Blacks Run. The overall ecosystem of the site is enhanced by the wide range of exposed bedrock, soils, and moisture conditions resulting in a unique forest community that supports a wide range of birds and animals, including neo-tropical migratory species such as Scarlet Tanagers, Baltimore Orioles, Red-eyed Vireos, Wood Thrushes, American Restarts, and Hooded Warblers.