16 Must-See Attractions in Somerset County

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

Somerset County, founded in 1795, makes up one-third of the Laurel Highlands in western PA (Fayette and Westmoreland counties making up the other two-thirds).

Kayakers on Laurel Hill Lake at Laurel Hill State Park.
Kayakers on Laurel Hill Lake at Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County.

Named after the county of Somerset in England, it is one of the snowiest inhabited locations in the United States, with the highest elevations of the county averaging 150+ inches of snow each winter.

The author at Beam Rocks Overlook on a snowy day.
The author at Beam Rocks Overlook on a snowy day in Somerset County.

From beautiful waterfalls to scenic overlooks to bike trails to national memorials, here are 16 of the best things to see and do in Somerset County, Pennsylvania!

Patriotic barn along Faidley Road in Somerset County PA
Patriotic barn along Faidley Road in Somerset County

1. Laurel Hill State Park

Laurel Hill State Park is comprised of 4,062 acres of mountainous, wooded terrain in central Somerset County.

Jones Mill Run Dam at Laurel Hill State Park.
Jones Mill Run Dam at Laurel Hill State Park.

At the heart of the park is the 63 acre Laurel Hill Lake, a fantastic spot for swimming, boating, fishing, and bird-watching.

Fall foliage along the beach at Laurel Hill State Park.
Fall foliage along the beach at Laurel Hill State Park.

Surrounding the lake are nearly 20 miles of trails, perfect for spending a few hours or an entire day exploring the forest.

Fall foliage around the Hemlock Trail at Laurel Hill State Park.
Fall foliage around the Hemlock Trail at Laurel Hill State Park.

2. Kooser State Park

Kooser State Park occupies 250 wooded acres along Route 31 in Somerset County.

Fall foliage at Kooser State Park in Somerset County PA
Fall foliage at Kooser State Park in Somerset County.

Initially constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, the focal point of the park is 4-acre Kooser Lake.

Kooser State Park lakeside picnic table and grill.
Kooser State Park lakeside picnic table and grill.

3. The Covered Bridges of Somerset County

Exploring the Covered Bridges of Somerset County introduces you to the county’s 10 remarkable covered bridges, in all their historic glory.

Fall foliage around Kings Covered Bridge in Somerset County PA.
Fall foliage around Kings Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.

This write-up provides maps, directions, photos, and descriptions of all 10 Somerset County covered bridges, along with links to even more extensive articles for a few of the bridges.

Aerial side view oof the Barronvale Covered Bridge in Somerset County PA.
Side view of the Barronvale Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in Somerset County, PA.

4. Cole Run Falls

Cole Run Falls lies on a beautiful mountain stream in the Forbes State Forest. 

The author at Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.
The author at Cole Run Falls in Somerset County.

Despite its rugged appearance, Cole Run Falls is located just a few yards from a state forest road and is easily accessible spring through fall.

An autumn view of Cole Run Falls in Somerset County, PA.
An autumn view of Cole Run Falls.

5. Mount Davis – The Highest Point in PA

Mount Davis in the Somerset County portion of the Forbes State Forest is the highest point in Pennsylvania!

Geologic history of Mount Davis in Somerset County.
Geological history of Mount Davis in Somerset County.

At 3,213 feet above sea level, this idyllic mountain setting is home to some incredible views of the surrounding Laurel Highlands.

Deer Valley Lake as viewed from Mount Davis Observation Tower in Somerset County PA
View from Mount Davis.

The observation tower at Mount Davis is probably the most well-known overlook in Somerset County.

The observation tower at Mount Davis in Somerset County.
The observation tower at Mount Davis.

6. The Flight 93 National Memorial

Exploring the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County gives you an overview of what to expect when visiting this tribute to the 40 passengers and crew members on United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.

The Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial.
The Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Thousands of visitors from around the world stop here every year to pay their respects and learn more about how the passengers and crew of Flight 93 fought back against the radical Islamic hijackers, thwarting their attempt to use the airplane as a missile against the United States Capitol.

One of the interpretive displays inside the Flight 93 Memorial Visitor Center.
One of the interpretive displays inside the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center.

Along with the Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, this is some of the most hallowed ground in Pennsylvania.

The 40 wind chimes that make up the Tower of Voices at the FLight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County PA
The 40 wind chimes that make up the Tower of Voices at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, PA.

7. The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel

The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel, located 3 miles west of Shanksville, was one of the earliest memorials to the passengers and crew of Flight 93.

The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel at the intersection of Coleman Station and Stutzmantown roads
The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel at the intersection of Coleman Station and Stutzmantown roads.

Home to many donated pieces of memorabilia, the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel serves as a place to honor those who died on 9/11, and is open (free of charge) to visitors most days from 12-5.

Inside view of the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Inside view of the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

8. Patriot Park

Patriot Park near Shanksville is the future home of a permanent memorial intended to honor all those who died in the line of duty while serving the United States military in the Global War on Terrorism.

The Field of Heroes at Patriot Park near Shanksville. Pennsylvania.
The Field of Heroes at Patriot Park near Shanksville.

Like the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel, Patriot Park is privately-funded, relying on donations rather than the financial backing of the United States government.

Looking out over the Field of Heroes on a September morning.
Looking out over the Field of Heroes on a September morning.

Patriot Park is located less than half a mile from the entrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial, along Route 30 in Somerset County.

Entrance to Patriot Park along Route 30 near the Flight 93 National Memorial.
Entrance to Patriot Park along Route 30 near the Flight 93 National Memorial.

9. The Remember Me Rose Garden

The Remember Me Rose Garden is a living tribute to the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93, who sacrificed their own lives to save countless others during the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on America.

Scenes from the Remember Me Rose Garden Flight 93 tribute in Somerset County Pennsylvania.
Scenes from the Remember Me Rose Garden near Shanksville, PA.

The Remember Me Rose Garden is located a quarter-mile east of the Flight 93 National Memorial, along Route 30.

Each point on the compass at the Remember Me Rose Garden is 93 feet in length as an additional tribute to Flight 93.
Each point on the compass at the Remember Me Rose Garden is 93 feet in length as an additional tribute to Flight 93.

10. Yoder Falls

Yoder Falls is the tallest and northernmost waterfall in Somerset County.

The author at Yoder Falls in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
The author at Yoder Falls in Somerset County.

Situated near the Somerset / Cambria County line, it is a popular destination for hikers looking for a short jaunt to a sequestered destination.

A springtime view of Yoder Falls near Davidsville, PA.
A springtime view of Yoder Falls.

11. Beam Rocks Overlook

Beam Rocks Overlook is one of the most scenic mountain vistas in the Laurel Highlands!

Fall foliage around Beam Rocks in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage around Beam Rocks Overlook in Somerset County.

Located in the Forbes State Forest near the Westmoreland / Somerset County line, it offers a fantastic 180° view from high above the treetops and the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail below.

Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest on a winter afternoon.
Beam Rocks Overlook on a winter afternoon.

12. The Salisbury Viaduct

The Salisbury Viaduct is just one of the many engineering marvels along the 150 mile-long Great Allegheny Passage, the longest multi-use rail trail in Pennsylvania.

The Salisbury Viaduct disappears into the Pennsylvania foothills near Meyersdale.
The Salisbury Viaduct disappears into the Somerset County foothills near Meyersdale.

Completed in 1912, the Salisbury Viaduct is visited by thousands of hikers, bikers, sightseers, and photographers every year, 110 years after the first train crossed it.

Rusty Glessner taking in the sunrise over the Salisbury Viaduct.
The author at the Salisbury Viaduct along the Great Allegheny Passage.

13. The Big Savage Tunnel

The Big Savage Tunnel is another engineering marvel along the Great Allegheny Passage, near mile marker 23 in Somerset County.

Bicycle at the northern portal of the Big Savage Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
The northern portal of the Big Savage Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail in Somerset County.

This 3,294 foot long tunnel opened in 1912 as part of the Western Maryland Railroad, and was a critical link in that rail line connecting Maryland to Pennsylvania until the entire line was abandoned in 1975.

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 along the Great Allegheny Passage.

14. The Mason and Dixon Line Park

The Mason and Dixon Line Park is a small but educational park at the southernmost point of the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania.

Granite monument at the Mason and Dixon Line Park along the Great Allegheny Passage.
The Mason and Dixon Line Park at the southernmost point in Somerset County.

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.

Granite monument showing the family crests of both the Penn and Calvert families at the Mason and Dixon Line Line Park along the Great Allegheny Passage.
Granite monument showing the family crests of both the Penn and Calvert families at the Mason and Dixon Line Line Park along the Great Allegheny Passage.

15. Cranberry Glade Lake

Cranberry Glade Lake is nestled in a beautiful valley setting near a wind farm in Somerset County.

Fall foliage in the foreground, wind farm in the background at Cranberry Glade Lake on State Game Lands 111 in Somerset County, PA.
Fall foliage in the foreground, wind farm in the background at Cranberry Glade Lake on State Game Lands 111 in Somerset County, PA.

Cranberry Glade Lake is located on State Game Lands 111 near the Somerset-Fayette County line.

How to find Cranberry Glade Lake in western Somerset County, PA.
Map to Cranberry Glade Lake in western Somerset County.

The fall foliage reflects nicely off the normally glassy calm waters of this picturesque lake in Somerset County.

Fall foliage at Cranberry Glade Lake in the PA Laurel Highlands.
Fall foliage at Cranberry Glade Lake in Somerset County.

16. Brantview Farms Maple Camp

Brantview Farms Maple Camp in Somerset County is an excellent place to experience the entire process of maple syrup being made, from tree to table!

Exploring Brantview Farms Maple Camp in Somerset County PA

This maple camp doubles as a “maple syrup museum” of sorts, housing many unique tools and artifacts used in maple syrup production over the past 100 years.

Inside the sugar camp, which doubles as a maple syrup museum.
Inside the sugar camp, which doubles as a maple syrup museum.

So if you’ve ever wondered how maple syrup is made, or wanted to purchase it straight from the source, a visit to Brantview Farms Maple Camp is a must.

Maple syrup for sale at Brantview Farms Maple Camp in Somerset County, PA.
Maple syrup for sale at Brantview Farms Maple Camp.

So there you have it – 16 of the best things to see and do in Somerset County, PA!

Lower Humbert Covered Bridge over Laurel HIll Creek in Somerset County PA
Lower Humbert Covered Bridge over Laurel Hill Creek in Somerset County, PA.

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Fall foliage around Ohiopyle Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Ohiopyle Falls in Fayette County, PA.

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Mortar outside the Fort Ligonier museum.
Fort Ligonier in Westmoreland County.

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The view from the top of the Johnstown Inclined Plane in Cambria County.

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Taking in the view from Baughman Rock Vista during Winterfest.
Taking in the view from Baughman Rock Overlook in Fayette County.

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