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Exploring the Big Savage Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage

The well-lit and refurbished Big Savage Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage in Somerset County PA.
The Big Savage Tunnel is one of the structural marvels of Pennsylvania, located near mile marker 23 along what is now the Great Allegheny Passage hiking/biking trail in Somerset County. History of the Big Savage Tunnel In the early 1900s coal and steel were king in this region, and the Western Maryland Railway sought to connect Maryland to Pennsylvania and grab...

Exploring the Pack Saddle Bridge in Somerset County

A summertime view of the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.
If you have never been to the Pack Saddle Bridge, there is one thing that sets it apart from all other covered bridges in Pennsylvania - waterfalls! Frothy and surging when Brush Creek is swollen by heavy rain. Sluggish and COLD in the Laurel Highlands winter! Sometimes seeming to literally grind to a halt in February, although the current is always...

Exploring the Waterfalls along Dutchmans Run in the McIntyre Wild Area

Ice formations surround the First Falls on Dutchmans Run in the McIntyre Wild Area, Lycoming County PA.
A Brief History of the McIntyre Wild Area Long before it was a 7,279 acre hiking mecca, the McIntyre Wild Area was home to the McIntyre Coal Company and the company town of - you guessed it - McIntyre. Founded in 1870 by industrialist Jervis Langdon (father-in-law of Mark Twain), the McIntyre Coal Company mined and moved coal from their...

Peer Behind the Locked Gates of the Windber Trolley Graveyard

Some of the more colorful graffiti towards the back of the property at the Windber Trolley Graveyard.
Visiting the Windber Trolley Graveyard had been on my bucket list for years. Having grown up in Somerset County, I'd heard of it even before the internet and urban explorers turned it into a destination of almost mythical proportion. So when I received an invitation to tour the grounds, along with some folks from the local visitors bureau, I jumped...

10 Amazing Winter Scenes at Ohiopyle State Park

The snow covered Great Allegheny Passage as it passes over the High Bridge at Ohiopyle State Park
Ohiopyle State Park in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania is an incredibly popular summer destination for hikers, bikers, and whitewater rafters. But the fun doesn't stop when the snowfall starts! Here are 10 amazing winter scenes from Ohiopyle that deserve a spot on your PA Bucket List. 1. Cucumber Falls You may have splashed around at Cucumber Falls in the...

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