14 Must-See Attractions in Westmoreland County

Mortar outside the Fort Ligonier museum.

Westmoreland County, founded in 1773, makes up one-third of the Laurel Highlands in western PA (Somerset and Fayette counties making up the other two-thirds).

Springtime at Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest
Springtime at Wolf Rocks Overlook in Westmoreland County.

From historic forts to museums to state parks, here are 14 of the best things to see and do in Westmoreland County.


1. Fort Ligonier

Fort Ligonier in Westmoreland County is a historically accurate reproduction of a British fort originally constructed in 1758 during what would become known as the French and Indian War.

Fort Ligonier on a late summer morning.
Fort Ligonier on a late summer morning.

The museum at Fort Ligonier contains one of the most complete collections of French and Indian War artifacts in existence, many excavated from the ruins of the original Fort Ligonier itself.

Weaponry on display inside Fort Ligonier museum.
Weaponry on display inside Fort Ligonier museum.

2. Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park is Pennsylvania’s longest-operating amusement park!

Idlewild Park is the oldest operating amusement park in Pennsylvania.
Idlewild Park is the oldest operating amusement park in Pennsylvania.

Idlewild Park as been named “Best Childrens’ Park” by Amusement Today, and “Best Park for Families” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association.

Exploring Idlewild Park in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania.
Some of the rides and attractions at Idlewild Park in Ligonier.

3. Mill Creek Falls

Mill Creek Falls is a picturesque, cascading waterfall on an idyllic mountain stream in Westmoreland County.

Fall foliage around Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County PA.
Fall foliage around Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County, October 2021.

Located on State Game Lands 42, Mill Creek Falls is an easy 1/2 mile walk along 2 forest roads to reach the falls.

Several of the tiers making up Mill Creek Falls in Westmoreland County.
Mill Creek Falls on State Game Lands 42 in Westmoreland County.

4. The Lincoln Highway Experience

The Lincoln Highway Experience is a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental automobile route linking the east and west coasts of the United States.

A map of the Lincoln Highway on display at the Lincoln Highway Experience.
A map of the Lincoln Highway on display at the Lincoln Highway Experience.

Some of the artifacts on display are authentically old, while others are eclectically modern and part of the efforts to revitalize tourism along the Lincoln Highway.

Vincent van Gas pump at the Lincoln Highway Experience in Westmoreland County.
Vincent van Gas pump at the Lincoln Highway Experience in Westmoreland County.

5. Fish Run Falls

Fish Run Falls in the Forbes State Forest may be the prettiest little waterfall in Westmoreland County that you’ve never heard of!

Downstream view of Fish Run Falls near Linn Run State Park.
Downstream view of Fish Run Falls near Linn Run State Park in Westmoreland County.

Not only is the waterfall beautiful, but it’s located next to a historic railroad aqueduct built more than 120 years ago!

Stone viaduct built by the Pittsburgh, Westmoreland, and Somerset Railroad around 1899.
Stone viaduct on Fish Run built by the Pittsburgh, Westmoreland, and Somerset Railroad around 1899.

6. Spruce Flats Bog

Spruce Flats Bog in Westmoreland County is one of the most unique ecosystems in all of Pennsylvania – a high altitude bog featuring plants and trees found nowhere else in the state.

How to find Spruce Flats Bog in the Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania.
Spruce Flats Bog in Westmoreland County.

The strong westerly winds at Spruce Flats Bog cause the trees to take on a bent shape known as Krummholz – German for “crooked wood”.

The windswept pines at Spruce Flats Bog in the Forbes State Forest.
The windswept pines at Spruce Flats Bog in the Forbes State Forest.

7. Adam Falls

Adam Falls at Linn Run State Park is a picturesque 12 foot tall waterfall in Westmoreland County.

Looking down on Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park after heavy spring rains.
Looking down on Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park after heavy spring rains.

Adam Falls is normally no gusher, but if you’re lucky enough to catch it after the spring thaw or a heavy rain it can be quite impressive!

Side view of Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park in the Laurel Highlands.
Side view of Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park in the Laurel Highlands.

8. Wolf Rocks

Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest is an outstanding west-facing scenic vista in Westmoreland County.

Wolf Rocks Overlook near Linn Run State Park.
Wolf Rocks Overlook near Linn Run State Park in Westmoreland County.

Wolf Rocks are quite expansive – nearly 150 feet of jutting cliffside to explore.

Wolf Rocks Overlook on an autumn morning in the Laurel Highlands.
Wolf Rocks Overlook on an autumn morning in the Laurel Highlands.

9. The Abandoned Hunting Lodge

The abandoned hunting lodge at Linn Run State Park is a remarkable set of ruins from the early days of “retreat camping” in Westmoreland County.

The abandoned McGinnis Rod and Gun CLub at Linn Run State Park.
The abandoned McGinnis Rod and Gun Club in Westmoreland County.

The abandoned hunting lodge at Linn Run State Park is located along the Flat Rock Trail, which runs parallel to Linn Run.

 

Inside the ruins of the abandoned hunting lodge at Linn Run State Park.
Inside the ruins of the abandoned hunting lodge at Linn Run State Park.

10. Linn Run State Park

Linn Run State Park is a 612 acre park popular with hikers, campers, and picnickers.

Linn Run State Park office.
Linn Run State Park office.

There are ten rental cabins at Linn Run State Park, nine rustic (no indoor plumbing) and one modern.

Rental cabin at Linn Run State Park.
Rental cabin at Linn Run State Park.

11. Laurel Mountain State Park

Laurel Mountain State Park is a 493-acre ski resort in Westmoreland County, donated to the state in 1964 by Richard K. Mellon.

Exploring Laurel Mountain State Park Ski Area in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania
Laurel Mountain State Park.

Started in 1939 as a private facility by Mellon and other wealthy Pittsburgh industrialists, it was opened to the public following World War II and became popularly known as the “Ski Capital of Pennsylvania.”

Laurel Lodge at Laurel Mountain State Park Ski Area.
Laurel Lodge on a February morning.

Laurel Mountain boast the highest vertical drop on the Laurel Ridge in Pennsylvania at 761 feet.

Ski lift at Laurel Mountain State Park in Westmoreland County, PA.
Ski lift at Laurel Mountain State Park in Westmoreland County, PA.

12. The Jonnet Flea Market

The Jonnet Flea Market along Route 22 in Westmoreland County is one of PA’s largest indoor flea markets.

The Jonnet Flea Market along ROute 22 just west of Blairsville in Indiana County, PA.
The Jonnet Flea Market along Route 22 in Westmoreland County.

You could easily spend an entire afternoon picking through the treasures for sale in this former car dealership turned massive bazaar of bargains.

Perusing the collectibles at Jonnet Flea Market in Blairsville, Indiana County, PA.
Perusing the collectibles at the Jonnet Flea Market.

13. Keystone State Park

The 1,200-acre Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County is a great place for day-trips and family vacations year round!

Exploring Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County PA
Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County.

Featuring a beautiful 78 acre lake as its centerpiece, Keystone State Park provides an ideal setting for camping, wildlife watching, hiking, fishing, swimming, or other outdoor adventures.

Bench along the Lakeside Trail at Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania.
Bench along the Lakeside Trail at Keystone State Park.

14. The Kecksburg UFO Festival

The Kecksburg UFO Festival is a 3-day fire company fundraiser inspired by a 1965 UFO crash that occurred nearby in Westmoreland County.

Experiencing the Kecksburg UFO Festival in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania.
The Kecksburg UFO Festival takes place every July in this small town in Westmoreland County.

If you can’t make it to the festival, you can visit the Kecksburg “Space Acorn” any time of year, on the grounds of the Kecksburg Fire Department.

This replica of the Kecksburg UFO was created by the television show Unsolved Mysteries and donated to the town after the show aired.
This replica of the Kecksburg UFO was created by the television show Unsolved Mysteries, and donated to the town after the episode dedicated to the 1965 crash aired.

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Fall foliage around Ohiopyle Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
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With one of its four locations along Route 22 in Westmoreland County, Gene and Boots Candies is a western PA tradition!

Gene and Boots Candies along Route 22 near Greensburg, PA.
Gene and Boots Candies along Route 22 in Westmoreland County.

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