Custard and Conservation: Quick Road Trip to Springdale from Pittsburgh

I love long vacations and aimless road trips... but usually, ain't no body got time for that.

Sometimes I want to go on an adventure... but I don't want to go very far. 

Take today for example. It was nice weather, and I needed to get out of the house, but I only had a few hours. So, I drove 25 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh to Springdale.

I grew up around in this area, and had gone a few field trips to the Rachel Carson Homestead in elementary school.  I'd been wanting revisit the are for years, and today was a beautiful day... so WHY NOT. Time for a spontaneous (mini) road trip. 

As it just so happens, one of the best custard shops in Pittsburgh - Glen's Custard - is only five minutes from the homestead. It was 83 degrees today (for the first time this year?), so obviously custard became part of the trip. 

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To make the road trip extra scenic, drive to Springdale via Freeport road. Get off Route 28 N in Sharpsburg and drive all the way (through Aspinwall, Blawnox, Harmar, and Cheswick) to Springdale. 

Information on the Rachel Carson Homestead:

Pittsburgh is proud to called the 20th century writer and environmentalist Rachel Carson one of our own! Her childhood home is located in Springdale, only 25 mins up the Allegheny River from Downtown. Rachel’s career included numerous environmental discoveries, but she is often remembered for her 1962 book, Silent Spring, which exposed the harmful effects of pesticides on wildlife. The outcry from this book eventually lead to the establishment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


The Carson family homestead was built around 1901, and the farmhouse can still be toured today. Public tours occur every Saturday from April 21, 2018 through November 2018, and can also be made by appointment. More information can be found online.

Glen's Custard has been serving some of the best custard in Pittsburgh 1948. They've been in their Springdale location since 1959. They have a great mini golf course in the back. Get vanilla or chocolate if it's your first time. 

If you visit in the evening, or on the weekends, be sure to stop by Leaning Cask Brewery, an English Pub style brewery in Springdale. 

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