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The Jean Bonnet Tavern: Historic, Haunted, and Delicious!

The historic and supposedly haunted Jean Bonnet Tavern along the Lincoln HIghway in Bedford County, PA.
The Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford County not only serves up delicious food and beverages in a colonial American setting, but it is rumored to be the most haunted restaurant in Pennsylvania! Located at the intersection of Routes 30 and 31, the Jean Bonnet Tavern has stood at this historic fork in the road since 1762. The Jean Bonnet Tavern and...

Exploring Poe Paddy State Park in Centre County

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Along the banks of Penns Creek in the Penns Creek Wild Area.
Poe Paddy State Park is a 23 acre recreational area in Centre County, located 4 miles east of Poe Valley State Park. Poe Paddy State Park sits in a valley between Poe Mountain to the west and Paddy Mountain to the east, thus the name. Poe Paddy State Park is situated at the confluence of Big Poe Creek and Penns Creek,...

Exploring Poe Valley State Park in Centre County

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Exploring Poe Valley State Park in Centre County Pennsylvania.
Poe Valley State Park is a 620 acre recreational area in Centre County, approximately 17 miles east of State College. As the name implies, the park sits in a valley between Big Poe Mountain to the north, and Little Poe Mountain to the south. Those mountain ridges surrounding Poe Valley State Park are home to some amazing scenic overlooks and roadside...

8 Must-See Attractions in the Forbes State Forest

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Cole Run Falls surrounded by fall foliage.
The Forbes State Forest encompasses more than 50,000 acres in western Pennsylvania, spanning Westmoreland, Somerset, and Fayette counties. The forest is named in honor of British General John Forbes, who was a prominent figure in this area during the French and Indian War in the 1750s. From scenic vistas to waterfalls to the highest point in Pennsylvania, here are 7 must-see...

Exploring the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park

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Ice cold water rushing through the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park on a winter day.
The Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park are beautifully chiseled channels resembling a water park attraction, carved through the sandstone which forms the banks and bottom of Meadow Run. Whether you want to ride the waterslides (yes you are allowed to do that) or just take in the scenery, here's everything you need to know to explore and enjoy...

Exploring Fish Run Falls in the Forbes State Forest

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Fish Run Falls as viewed from the PW and S Bike Trail in the Forbes State Forest.
Fish Run Falls in the Forbes State Forest may be the prettiest little waterfall in Westmoreland County that you've never heard of! Not only is the waterfall beautiful, but it's located next to a historic railroad aqueduct built more than 120 years ago! How to Find Fish Run Falls in the Forbes State Forest. Fish Run Falls is located adjacent to the...

Exploring the Plaza Centre Antique Gallery in Bellefonte

Front facade of the Plaza Centre Antique Gallery in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
The Plaza Centre Antique Gallery, a massive antique store/flea market housed in a historic former theatre in downtown Bellefonte, is one of my favorite roadside attractions in Centre County. Plaza Centre includes not only the former Plaza Theatre building, but the adjacent building as well, for a total of 6 floors and more than 100 vendors! History of the Plaza Theatre The...

15 Must-See Pennsylvania Rock Formations

The author in one of the canyons formed by massive rock formations along the Fred Woods Trail.
There's a reason hikers jokingly refer to Pennsylvania as Rocksylvania - PA is home to some fantastic rock formations! Some are incredibly tall. Other are amazingly wide. But ALL make for memorable day trips! So enjoy this list of 15 must-see Pennsylvania rock formations, and use the blue text links to get directions and plan your own day trips as well! 1. Bilger's Rocks Bilger’s...

Exploring the Mason and Dixon Line Park along the Great Allegheny Passage

Granite monument at the Mason and Dixon Line Park along the Great Allegheny Passage.
The Mason and Dixon Line Park is a small but educational park at the southernmost point of the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania. Surveyed to settle a land dispute between two prominent English colonial families (the Penns and the Calverts), the Mason-Dixon line later became famous as the line between free and slave states prior to the Civil War. Today this...

Exploring the Jonnet Flea Market in Indiana County

The Jonnet Flea Market along ROute 22 just west of Blairsville in Indiana County, PA.
The Jonnet Flea Market along Route 22 is one of my favorite roadside attractions in Indiana County! Or perhaps I should say favorite "roadside distractions", as I could easily spend an entire afternoon picking through the treasures for sale in this former car dealership turned massive bazaar of bargains. How to Find the Jonnet Flea Market The Jonnet Flea Market is located...

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