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A Classic Laurel Hills Tour

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This road trip was originally submitted by BRTP Partners on January 15, 2010

Trip Length: 120 miles


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Scenery You'll See
This Pennsylvania road trip will take you through the Laurel Hills area of the Allegheny Mountains. You'll take in wonderful views of the Youghiogheny River white-water and other tributary streams and creeks. The area is characterized by nice hilly lush forests that are lush and green and turn golden in the fall. There are breaks within the forest that open up to gentle rolling farmlands.
Towns/Cities You'll Pass By/Through
The path takes you through a series of small towns.
Attractions & Points-of-Interests Along the Way
One of the first man-made sites you'll find along this route is a home built by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright that literally (yes, literally) hangs over a rushing river. You can take a tour of the home and actually hear the rushing water below some of the floors of the house.

If you love whitewater rivers and thick woods then you need to plan to spend some time at the Ohiopyle State Park off of state road 381. The Youghiogheny River is an Indian word meaning "white frothy water" ... you will quickly see why the name fits the river so well. The park has a section of the river that passes through a huge gorge. There are plenty of overlooks for you to see the river if you stop and walk around in the park. The park is loaded with trails.

Youghiogheny Lake offers fishing, hiking and camping for those interested.

Laurel Hill State Park is a top quality park that has a visitor's center that can tell you about all the trails and attractions the park has to offer.

In the town of Somerset you can has a large Historical Center where old pioneer-like skills and crafts are on display. Here you can also pickup a brochure and a nearby Covered Bridge Route that may become the favorite part of this route for you.

Take US 31 east to the town of Manns Choice where the route can get a little tricky as you head to Bedford ... don't hesitate to ask for directions if you think your lost.

The town of Bedford dates back to before the declaration of independence and was the location where George Washington once established a headquarters. The town offers a walking tour that will tell you all about the role this town played as a frontier outpost. If you want to visit a recreated Colonial settlement, visit the Old Bedford Village.

On route 30 heading east you will see some Inns and taverns from as long ago as the 1700s. Some are even strategically built 4 miles apart because that was the average daily travel length for people that day.

If you take a detour off of US 30, south on state road 96, you can go to the Shawnee State Park.

At Bald Knob summit you can take in some views of both Maryland and West Virginia.

The route finishes up in the nice little town of Ligonier. Here you can walk or drive down Main street and checkout the beautiful historic buildings.
Camping & Hiking  Foliage Viewing  Forest Views  Hilly or Curvy  Mountains & Hills  Notable Parks  Picnic Areas  Water Scenery 

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Reviewed by Guest on March 4, 2010
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Comments: I took this route in the fall of last year (09) and it was incredible in termsof the scenery. The fall colors were in their glory and I wish I would have had more time to spend down there. The attractions were very nice too as I really enjoyed the slow pace and nice little towns we stopped.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 9, 2013
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Attraction or Point-of-Interest recommendation: winery
Attraction type: winery or winery area
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Reviewed by Guest on September 9, 2013
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Attraction or Point-of-Interest recommendation: hershey place cabelas store
Attraction type: shopping place or area
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Reviewed by BRTP Partners on March 5, 2010
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Attraction or Point-of-Interest recommendation: Ohiopyle is a GREAT state park! It has everything you would expect in a state park and some extra things like waterfalls, whitewater boating, and even a natural rock carved "water slide." Check out the Ohiopyle State Park web site!!
Attraction type: national/state/local park
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Reviewed by BRTP Partners on March 4, 2010
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Attraction or Point-of-Interest recommendation: Laurel Hills State Park is a great place to pull over on this road trip and take in some nature. There is plenty of hiking and water scenery to keep you smiling.
Attraction type: national/state/local park
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