16 Must-See Attractions in Fayette County

Fall foliage around Ohiopyle Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Fayette County, founded in 1783, makes up one-third of the Laurel Highlands in western PA (Somerset and Westmoreland counties making up the other two-thirds).

Fort Necessity Battlefield sign along Route 40 in Fayette County Pennsylvania.
Fort Necessity Battlefield along Route 40 in Fayette County.

From historic forts to towering waterfalls to architectural masterpieces, here are 16 of the best things to see and do in Fayette County, PA!

The author capturing a sunrise photo at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author at Baughman Rock Overlook in Fayette County.

1. Fallingwater

Fallingwater, perhaps famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s most-recognized masterpiece, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Fayette County.

The "classic view" of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in the PA Laurel Highlands.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Fayette County.

In 1991, an American Institute of Architects poll voted it “the best all-time work of American architecture”, and you really MUST make time to visit Fallingwater when visiting Fayette County.

Fallingwater as seen from the bridge over Bear Run.
Fallingwater on a winter day.

2. Fort Necessity

Fort Necessity in Fayette County is the site of the first battle in what would become known in North America as the French and Indian War (and known elsewhere as the Seven Years War), a global struggle for empire between the two superpowers of that time, France and England.

The modern-day replica of Fort Necessity at the National Battlefield in Fayette County PA
Fort Necessity in Fayette County.

The Fort Necessity National Battlefield and three related, nearby properties managed by the National Park Service each tell an important part of the story of the French and Indian War and the years that followed.

Historical marker along US Route 40 commemorating Fort Necessity.
Historical marker along US Route 40 commemorating Fort Necessity.

3. The Waterfalls at Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County is home to at least 10 magnificent waterfalls of all shapes and sizes.

Fall foliage at Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

 10 Must-See Waterfalls at Ohiopyle State Park provides you with detailed maps and directions to each one.

Fall foliage at Upper Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage surrounding Upper Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

4. Laurel Caverns

Laurel Caverns is billed as “Pennsylvania’s Largest Cave”, and is a great way to spend an hour or two BENEATH Fayette County!

The overhead Grand Canyon of Laurel Caverns.
The overhead Grand Canyon of Laurel Caverns.

Calico Falls is an beautiful underground waterfall at Laurel Caverns, and is one of the highlights at this “show cave” first discovered by Native Americans thousands of years ago.

Calico Falls inside Laurel Caverns.
Calico Falls inside Laurel Caverns.

5. Hippie Shower Falls

Hippie Shower Falls in Fayette County may be the most oddly-named waterfall in Pennsylvania!

The cavity behind Hippie Shower Falls during heavy spring rains.
The cavity behind Hippie Shower Falls during heavy spring rains.

Located between mile markers 85 and 86 along the Great Allegheny Passage, this Fayette County waterfall does indeed seem a welcoming spot for forest-bathing flower children to bask in Nature’s glory!

Looking at Hippie Shower Falls from the Great Allegheny Passage in the Laurel Highlands.
Looking at Hippie Shower Falls from the Great Allegheny Passage in Fayette County.

6. Laurel Run Overlook

Laurel Run Overlook is one of several exceptional scenic vistas along the Fayette County portion of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.

October morning at Laurel Run Overlook in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
Laurel Run Overlook in Fayette County.

Those seeking a phenomenal vantage point to take in the famous Laurel Highlands fall foliage would be hard pressed to find a better location that Laurel Run Overlook.

Laurel Run Overlook in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage views at Laurel Run Overlook.

7. Kentuck Knob

Kentuck Knob in Fayette County is a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home built in 1954 for Isaac and Bernardine Hagan, founders of the Hagan Ice Cream company in nearby Uniontown, PA.

Native sandstone walls at Kentuck Knob in Fayette County Pennsylvania.
Native sandstone walls at Kentuck Knob.

The Hagan House at Kentuck Knob is an example of what Wright called a Usonian home, his concept of what an affordable American home for the masses should look like.

The Hagan House on Kentuck Knob in Fayette County Pennsylvania.
The Hagan House at Kentuck Knob.

8. Robinson Falls

Robinson Falls is located on the outskirts of Connellsville in Fayette County.

Robinson Falls in Connellsville PA
Robinson Falls in Connellsville PA

As part of General Braddock’s British Regiment during the French and Indian War, George Washington and his fellow soldiers are believed to have camped here for a time.

Robinson Falls in Fayette County Pennsylvania
A young George Washington is believed to have camped near Robinson Falls during the French and Indian War.

9. The Hiking Trails at Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County is home to nearly 80 miles of “official” hiking trails.

The Youghiogheny River Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
The Youghiogheny River Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.

10 of the Best Hiking Trails at Ohiopyle State Park will show you everything from rugged mountain paths to smooth riverside rail trails.

Fall foliage around the High Bridge at Ohiopyle State Park in the Laurel Highlands.
The Great Allegheny Passage rail trail at Ohiopyle State Park.

10. Stewarton Falls

Stewarton Falls in Fayette County is an exceptional 15-foot tall waterfall on Crooked Creek, part of the Bear Run Nature Preserve.

Stewarton Falls near Fallingwater in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
Stewarton Falls in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

Located just off of Stewarton Road, this land is owned by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the same organization that manages nearby Fallingwater.

Stewarton Falls near Mill Run in Fayette County Pennsylvania.
Stewarton Falls near Fallingwater.

11. The Haunted Quaker Church

The “haunted Quaker Church” just outside of Perryopolis in Fayette County is much more famous for what allegedly happened there than what actually happened there!

Cemetery gates at the historic (and supposedly haunted) Quaker Church in Fayette County, PA.
Cemetery gates at the historic (and supposedly haunted) Quaker Church near Perryopolis.

What allegedly happened here became the stuff of urban legend during the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s, when rumors surfaced that a local witch had been secretly tried and executed in the former Quaker meeting house, and that (predictably) the ghost of the witch now haunted the current chapel and cemetery in Fayette County!

A view of the interior of the "haunted Quaker Church" in Fayette County, PA.
A view of the interior of the “haunted Quaker Church” in Fayette County, PA.

12. East Park Falls

East Park Falls in Connellsville is one of the easiest waterfalls to get to Fayette County.

East Park Falls Connellsville, Fayette County
East Park Falls.

Located in a city-owned park in the heart of town, East Park Falls lies along Connell Run, a tributary of the nearby Youghiogheny River.

Upper East Park Falls in Connellsville Pennsylvania
Upper tier of East Park Falls in Connellsville, Pennsylvania.

13. The Silence of the Lambs House

Did you know you can spend the night in the house made famous by the 1991 psychological thriller “The Silence of the Lambs”?!

Spending the night at the Silence of the Lambs house near Perryopolis Pennsylvania.
The house that served as the lair of serial killer Buffalo Bill in “The Silence of the Lambs”.

Thanks to Chris Rowan, an film industry Art Director & Prop Stylist who purchased Buffalo Bill’s House in 2020, it is now a one-of-a-kind “boutique accommodation”.

The foyer of Buffalo Bill's House in Perryopolis Pennsylvania.
The foyer of Buffalo Bill’s House.

You can literally stand (and sleep!) in the spot where horror movie history was made when you book a stay at Buffalo Bill’s House near Perryopolis in Fayette County!

The Clarice-themed bedroom at the Silence of the Lambs house near Perryopolis Pennsylvania.
The Clarice-themed bedroom, one of four bedrooms to choose from.

14. Gene and Boots Chocolate Factory

Gene and Boots Candies is a third generation family business and a western PA tradition!

The factory where Gene and Boots chocolates are made.
The factory where Gene and Boots chocolates are made in Perryopolis, Fayette County.

Gene and Boots specializes in homemade chocolates, and also offers 20 different varieties of their own homemade hard ice-cream.

Inside the Gene and Boots Perryopolis location.
Inside the Gene and Boots Perryopolis location.

Gene and Boots has four western PA locations, including the main location in Perryopolis where the candy is made.

Gene and Boots candy store and chocolate factory in Perryopolis Pennsylvania.
Gene and Boots candy store and chocolate factory in Perryopolis.

15. Layton Bridge and Tunnel

The Layton Bridge and Tunnel are a pair of historic structures in Fayette County, originally constructed for the Washington Run Railroad in the late 1890s.

Approaching the Layton Tunnel from the west.
Approaching the historic Layton Tunnel from the west.

In 1933 the bridge and tunnel were converted to single-lane automobile use, and they are still used for that purpose to this day.

Layton Bridge features an unusual design in that the road deck runs through the middle of the truss web rather than along the bottom.
Layton Bridge features an unusual design in that the road deck runs through the middle of the truss web rather than along the bottom.

16. Jumonville Cross

The Jumonville Cross in Fayette County is the tallest cross in Pennsylvania!

A man standing next to the Jumonville Cross gives a sense of scale to the 60 foot-tall structure.
A man standing next to the Jumonville Cross gives a sense of scale to the 60 foot-tall structure.

Since 1950, this iconic symbol has been attracting the faithful and the curious to Jumonville, just outside Uniontown.

Vintage postcard showing sunset at the Jumonville Cross.
Vintage 1950s postcard showing sunset at the Jumonville Cross.

Nearby Attractions

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Fort Ligonier on a late summer morning.
Fort Ligonier on a late summer morning in Westmoreland County.

15 Must-See Attractions in Somerset County introduces you to the best things to see and do in Fayette County’s neighbor to the east!

A lone fisherman on Brush Creek below the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.
The Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.

7 Man-Made Wonders of the PA Laurel Highlands is your guide to the 7 most iconic structures in the region.

The well-lit and refurbished Big Savage Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage in Somerset County PA.
The well-lit and refurbished Big Savage Tunnel is one of the 7 man-made wonders of the PA Laurel Highlands.

Looking for a place to call home when visiting Fayette County?

Discover Ohiopyle offers an array of rustic cottages and cabins, luxurious honeymoon spots and retreats, hotels, campgrounds, and even more unique options, like tree houses!

An Ohiopyle vacation rental available through Discover Ohiopyle.
Photo courtesy of Discover Ohiopyle.

If you’re looking for a Fayette County lodging experience like no other, look no further than Discover Ohiopyle.

An Ohiopyle vacation rental home available through Discover Ohiopyle.
Photo courtesy of Discover Ohiopyle.

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