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Ohiopyle Kayaking at Dawn

Outdoor Adventure

Four seasons worth of adventure is here in the Laurel Highlands, Ohiopyle, Confluence and the Yough River region.   Hike and bike the many well-maintained trails around Confluence, Fishing, and swimming in the Youghiogheny River.  There's no place like the Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands to surround yourself with the natural beauty of waterfalls surrounded by fall foliage or blooming Mountain Laurel in the spring.  Enjoy downhill skiing at one of several ski resorts and cross-country skiing in several nearby state parks. 

Biking and Bike Trails
Confluence Cyclery

500 Hughart St.
Confluence, PA 15424
Hours: 9am-5pm
Season: Mar.-Oct.
Other Information: Located along the Great Allegheny Passage. This is far the best place for renting bicycles or for bicycle services in the area. They specialize in bikes.

Great Allegheny Passage

Allegheny Trail Alliance
PO Box 228
​Homestead PA, 15120
Hours: Dawn-Dusk
Season: Year Round
Ride a bike, take a hike, create your own adventure on 132 miles of a world-class, nearly level trail, now connected to the C&O Canal Towpath for a total of 318 miles. Great Allegheny Passage is just across the river from Paddler’s Lane and can be reached by crossing the bridge in Confluence.

Ohiopyle State Park

Park Office
124 Main St.
Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Amenities: Picnic Pavilions, Boating, Fishing, Hunting, Equestrian Areas, Snowmobiling, Education Programs, Hiking, Biking, Cross Country Skiing. More than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River Gorge churns through the heart of Ohiopyle. Some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern U.S. The 30-foot bridal veil Cucumber Falls and Cucumber Run Ravine are blanketed with flowers in spring and summer. Hike and bike along the 27-mile Youghiogheny River Trail for awesome views. Open all year.

724-329-8591 or 888-PA-PARKS (727-2757)
White Water Adventurers - Bike Rental

6 Negley St.
Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Other Information: Located along the Great Allegheny Passage/ Discounts available for: Children, Groups, AAA

Wilderness Voyageurs - Rentals & Bike Trips

103 Garrett St.
Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Other Information: Located along the great Allegheny passage. Rentals and bike trips.

Hike the Laurel Highlands
Forbes State Forest

PO Box 519
Laughlintown, PA 15655
Amenities: Rustic Camping, Picnic Pavilions, Boating, Fishing, Equestrian Areas, Snowmobiling, Hiking, Biking, Cross Country Skiing. Nearly 60,000 acres of land from 14 separate tracts in Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. Much of the forest lies along Laurel Ridge. Six state parks and three state forest picnic areas have been developed in and around the forest. The highest point in Pennsylvania, Mt. Davis, is located in Forbes and is a short hike from the parking area.

Laurel Hill State Park

1454 Laurel Hill Park Rd.
Somerset, PA 15501
Amenities: Modern Cabins, Cottage Camping, Modern Camping, Walled Tent Camping, Picnic Pavilions, Swimming(beach), Boating, Fishing, Hunting, Snowmobiling, Education Programs, Hiking. The 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake is a focal point of the park. Laurel Hill is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine state park and state forest lands. The trail system allows you to hike and explore the park and observe a diversity of plants and wildlife. A beautiful stand of old-growth hemlocks lies along the Hemlock Trail.

814-445-7725 or 888-PA-PARKS (727-2757)
Laurel Mountain State Park

PO Box 50
Rector, PA 15677
Amenities: Hiking, Biking, Cross Country Skiing. High atop Laurel Ridge at close to 3,000 feet in elevation, Laurel Mountain State Park features beautiful views of the rolling countryside of the Ligonier Valley.

724-238-6623 or 888-PA-PARKS (727-2757)
Laurel Ridge State Park

1117 Jim Mountain Rd.
Rockwood, PA 15557
Amenities: Rustic Camping, Picnic Pavilions, Fishing, Hunting, Snowmobiling, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing. Stretches along the Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. Hike over 70 miles on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. Seasoned hikers will enjoy the rugged areas of the trail, while the more casual hiker will find level and pleasant sections. Cross-country skiing is popular in the winter.

724-455-3744 or 888-PA-PARKS (727-2757)
Swallow Falls State Park

Oakland, MD
Amenities:This mountain park is located nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland and contains some of Maryland's most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park's borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight. Tall hemlocks dominate the silent woods. The meandering trails through Swallow Falls guide hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland.

Youghiogheny River Lake

497 Flanigan Rd.
Confluence, PA 15424
Amenities: Modern Camping, Picnic Pavilions, Swimming(beach), Boating, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Biking. 2,840-acre lake with power boating and water skiing. Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing, year-round trout fishing in the outflow. Camping, hiking and beach swimming.

814-395-3242 or 877-444-6777
Natural Wonders
Laurel Caverns

P.O. Box 62
Hopwood, PA 15445
A 435 acre geological park featuring Pennsylvania's largest cave. It is located just 20 minutes from Paddler’s Lane, off Route 40, east of Uniontown.

724-438-2070 or 800-515-4150
Mount Davis

Mount Davis is the highest mountain in Pennsylvania. Mount Davis is the summit of 30-mile long Negro Mountain and roads take you very near the summit. Several hiking trails encircle the highpoint, but none dip below 3,000 feet. Views from the top are nice, especially with the very tall observation tower, that allows for expansive views in all directions. You are surrounded by mountains and you can also see modern wind turbines on a nearby ridge.


Cascades: This beautiful woodland waterfall in Meadow Run is near the park office. The cool, clean waters of this stream make it a favorite haunt of anglers and for those wanting to experience riding the natural waterslides

Cucumber Falls: This 30-foot bridal veil waterfall on Cucumber Run is easily reached from Meadow Run Trail and has parking on SR 2019.

Jonathan Run Falls: Several small waterfalls can be seen from Jonathan Run Trail. Just before the trail meets the Youghiogheny River Trail, the largest waterfall tumbles over rocks between rhododendron-lined banks.

Meadow Run Waterslides: The cascading beauty of this unique geologic formation attracts photographers, geologists and recreation enthusiasts. Explore Meadow Run’s ancient streambed to find ripples carved in stone and potholes scoured by spinning rocks and powerful currents.

Ohiopyle Falls: The power and beauty of this 20-foot waterfall make it a central attraction to the park. The best viewing is from the observation deck in the Falls Day Use Area, in the heart of Ohiopyle.

Upper Johnathan Run Falls
Upper Jonathan Run Falls is located along the Jonathan Run Trail, an quiet trail in the park’s northwest corner. The waterfall is located just past the intersection of the Jonathan Run Trail with the Kentuck Trail. Getting to it requires descending a steep bank along an unmarked trail. Those less adventurous can get a bit of a view of it from the trail. Upper Jonathan Run Falls drops about 8 feet, before doing a right turn and falling a few more feet in some small cascades. This waterfall is quite beautiful, and looks good at times of high or low water.

Lower Johnathan Run Falls
This is the hardest of the falls to reach but very worth the effort. It’s gorgeous!

Fletcher Run Falls
This Falls runs along Johnathan run and makes for a stunning photographic opportunity/

Sugar Run Falls
This is one of the most beautiful falls in Ohiopyle State Park and it’s quite easy to reach from the end of Jonathan Run Trail.

Winter Sports
Laurel Ridge Cross Country Ski Center

1101 Jim Mt Rd.
Rockwood, PA 15557

PA Cross Country Skiers Association

309 W. Marion St.
Munhall, PA 15120
Season: Year Round

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

777 Waterwheel Dr.
Seven Springs, PA 15622
Hours: 9am-10pm daily
Season: Dec. 1-Apr. 1
Other Information:
Discounts available for: Children, Seniors, Groups

814-352-7777 or 800-452-2223
Wisp Resort

296 Marsh Hill Road
McHenry, MD 21541

Golfing in the Laurel Highlands
Donegal Highlands Golf Course

141 Clay Pike Rd.
Acme, PA 15610
Hours: 7am-7pm
Season: Year Round, Weather Permitting
Other Information: Reservations Required. Public course.
Discounts available for: Seniors
Championship 18-hole public course, Pro Shop, grass practice facility, full service restaurant and bar. Large groups and outings welcome. Awarded Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” out of Five Stars.

Hidden Valley Four Season Resort

One Craighead Dr.
Hidden Valley, PA 15502
Hours: 7am-Dusk daily
Season: Apr.-Oct.
Enjoy a spectacular 18-hole championship course with tree-lined fairways nestled among mountain laurel. Built along the fall lines of the mountaintop, 30 miles of vistas capture the dramatic landscape of the surrounding countryside. Listed in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play,” Hidden Valley offers lodging, instruction, driving range, putting green and a full-service golf shop.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Links

1001 LaFayette Dr.
Farmington, PA 15437
Season: Apr.-Oct.
A traditional design with a flair for the dramatic. The Links course offers its own test of golf. Elevation changes provide some of the most picturesque views on the property, while undulating greens demand both patience and precision with the putter. The par 70 layout is a fun, fair test of golfing skills.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort - Mystic Rock

1001 LaFayette Dr.
Farmington, PA 15437
Season: Apr.-Oct
Designed by the legendary Pete Dye, promises golfers a challenge like no other. The Par 72, 7,750-yard course has received top honors from Golf Magazine and Golf Digest. PGA TOUR-tested, the course is punctuated with giant boulders, Sahara-like bunkers and wickedly undulating greens and has a 78.3 rating and 153 slope from the championship tees.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

777 Waterwheel Dr.
Seven Springs, PA 15622
Hours: 8am-7pm daily
Season: Apr.-Oct.
Enjoy the beauty of the Laurel Highlands at Seven Springs’ challenging 18-hole championship golf course. This stunning course flows seamlessly through the mountain terrain, making for an unforgettable round of golf! Colorful landscaping and lush fairways greet each player and provide beautiful playing conditions in spring, summer and fall with breathtaking views that allow you to see seven counties and three states.

Summit Inn Golf Course

101 Skyline Dr.
Farmington, PA 15437
The Summit is a mountaintop 9-hole, par 35 Course built in the early 20’s. Featuring undulating greens, tree lined fairways with generous landing areas. The most scenic hole, a 345 yard par 4 offering a sixty mile panoramic view. There is an additional set of tees that can be used for 18-hole round.

724-438-8594 or 800-433-8594
Hunting and Fishing
Buffer Creek Sporting Clays

252 Schoolhouse Rd
Somerset, PA 15501
Hours: Daylight-10pm
Season: Year Round
Other Information: Reservations Required

Laurel Hill Trout Farm & Pond

Rt. 31 W.
Jones Mills Area
Somerset, PA 15501
Hours: Call
Season: Call

724-593-2601 or 724-593-7101
On-Point Outfitters, LLC

317 Groff Rd.
Confluence, PA 15424
Season: Sep.-Apr.
Other Information: Reservations Required

Shooting Academy at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

1001 LaFayette Dr.
Farmington, PA 15437


Specials & Packages

Book directly for any two non-holiday weeknights in January, February or March and receive a 10% discount.

Book a 7-day house rental on our Website or by phone (Sunday to Sunday) in May, June, July or August and receive a 10% discount.