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Exploring Water Tank Hollow Falls in Tioga County

Exploring Water Tank Hollow Falls in Tioga County Pennsylvania.
Water Tank Hollow Falls is a beautiful 20 foot-tall waterfall located just off the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County. Just above the main falls, you'll find a second set of falls formed where the two branches of Water Tank Run merge into one. How to Find Water Tank Hollow Falls Water Tank Hollow Falls is located 2 miles north of...

Exploring the Barronvale Covered Bridge in Somerset County

A picture-perfect winter day at the Barronvale Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA
The Barronvale Covered Bridge isn't just the longest covered bridge in Somerset County. It's one of the longest covered bridges in all of Pennsylvania! So if visiting the biggest and best covered bridges in PA is on your bucket list, you have to make visiting this elongated beauty a priority! Barronvale Covered Bridge FAQs Where is the Barronvale Covered Bridge located? The Barronvale...

Exploring Grindstone Falls at McConnells Mill State Park

Grindstone Falls at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
A Hidden Waterfall at McConnells Mill State Park? Visiting Grindstone Falls at McConnells Mill State Park requires a bit of detective work. After all, it doesn't appear on any "official" park maps. But rest assured, it does exist, and in the following paragraphs I'm going to tell you exactly how to find it. So if you enjoy a good "treasure hunt", read on! Grindstone...

Exploring Hell’s Hollow Falls at McConnells Mill State Park

The author at Hell's Hollow Falls.
How "Hellish" is Hell's Hollow Falls? By virtue of its name, you would think visiting Hell's Hollow Falls in Lawrence County would be an arduous task. Perhaps a long, difficult hike over rough terrain, with danger at every turn. However, it is quite the opposite. A mere half-mile hike over relatively flat terrain on a well-maintained trail brings you to the...

Exploring Fallingwater in Fayette County

Early spring at Fallingwater in the Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands.
Nearly 150,000 people visit Fallingwater every year, and with good reason. In 1991, an American Institute of Architects poll voted it "the best all-time work of American architecture". In 2019, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee added Fallingwater to the UNESCO World Heritage List. So with a list of accolades a mile long, it's no...

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 Dutchmans Run Falls in the McIntyre Wild Area

Ice formations surround the First Falls on Dutchmans Run in the McIntyre Wild Area, Lycoming County PA.
Dutchmans Run Falls is a series of towering waterfalls along a rugged mountain stream in the McIntyre Wild Area, part of the greater Loyalsock State Forest in Lycoming County. 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...

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.
If you're looking for information about the Windber Trolley Graveyard, you're in the right place! The Windber Trolley Graveyard is a privately-owned collection of more than 50 trolley cars, train cars, and busses, housed on the grounds of a former coal company rail car shop. Having grown up in Somerset County (where Windber is located), I'd heard of the Windber Trolley...

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
Here are 10 amazing winter scenes from Ohiopyle State Park that prove the fun doesn't stop when the snowfall starts! 1. Cucumber Falls You may have splashed around at Cucumber Falls in the summer. As one of the most popular waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands, if not all of western Pennsylvania, that wouldn't be surprising. But have you seen it...