North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Alexa On September - 15 - 2017 0 Comment

The Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania encompasses a variety of terrain to showcase its natural wonders. You’ll find panoramic views from the top of the ridge, the highest point in the state, and a number of picturesque waterfalls. The following are some must-see areas in the Highlands.

Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park
As previously mentioned, there are several waterfalls in the Highlands, but this is the one most people associate with the area. The 30-foot falls are easy to access right from the nearby parking lot. Once at the falls, some rocks serve as stairs to guide you to the bottom.

Spruce Flats Bog in Laurel Summit State Park
This is one of the area’s most mysterious landforms. The bog contains a number of unique plants that don’t usually grow in the region as well as a variety of bird species. You can find an overlook not far from the parking lot to observe the misty, swampy land and its wildlife residents.

Laurel Caverns in Farmington
Bat lovers will enjoy a foray into these sandstone caves. This is the largest cave in the state with a three-mile expanse beneath 435 acres of geological preserve. Ceilings in the caverns are between 10 and 50 feet high in some places. The caves are home to a large number of hibernating bats so they are closed between November and April.

The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
If you want to get even more adventurous, this 70-mile trail will take you through Ohiopyle and Laurel Ridge State Park. The trail features eight overnight rest areas every eight to ten miles, plus connecting trails to parking lots, so it’s fairly easy to do as much or as little hiking as you want. The trail passes through over 20,000 acres of natural beauty

Linn Run State Park
Linn Run State Park is an over 600-acre area that features hiking trails, places to camp, cabins, waterfalls and trout streams. The area contains a variety of topography and joins with the Forbes State Forest, which has a range of evergreens and hardwood trees. Starting in October, the fall foliage is on full display in the ridges and valleys.

Nature-lovers that visit the area love staying in Laurel Highlands cabins to couple their rustic itinerary with rustic accommodations.


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