Month: April 2019

Laurel Ridge State Park

Laurel Ridge State Park

The 13,625-acre Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River At Ohiopyle, PA to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, PA. This large park spans Cambria, Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. The main feature of the park is the 70-mile Laurel…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wrights well known building is entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.   Originally built for Edgar Kauffman as a summer home, the retreat was turned over in 1963 with over 1,500 acres in the surrounding Bear Run. Since 1964, more than 4 million…

Archbald Pothole State Park

Archbald Pothole State Park

Archbald Pothole State Park is a 150-acre park in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park is named for Archbald Pothole, a geologic feature that formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period, around 15,000 years ago. The pothole is 38 feet deep and has an elliptical shape. The diameter of the pothole decreases downward. The largest diameter is 42 feet by 24 feet. At the bottom it is 17 feet by 14 feet. The pothole has a volume of about 18,600 cubic feet, so could hold about 140,000 gallons. It would take 35 fire truck tankers to fill the pothole.

The Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion

The Underground Railroad Museum at Belmont Mansion

After Richard recieved the Mansion from his father he went on to serve the Pennsylvania commonwealth and to become the Judge that passed the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavary bill.He worked with many of the founding fathers at the estate.

Hiawatha Riverboat

Hiawatha Riverboat

Hiawatha Paddleboat Tours is a paddlewheel excursion boat that cruises up and down the Susquehanna River. Built nearly 50 years after it’s namesake, the Hiawatha is one of the most popular attractions in central Pennsylvania.  The original Hiawatha was a steam-driven stern-wheeler that was one…

Cook Forest State Park

Cook Forest State Park

The 8,500-acre Cook Forest State Park lies in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. Once called the `Black Forest,` the area is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest’s `Forest Cathedral` of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River is along the eastern border of the park and is popular for canoeing and rafting.

Splash Lagoon

Splash Lagoon

Pennsylvania’s FIRST Indoor Waterpark opened in 2002. The waterpark, located with 4 hotels and several restaurants is loaded with rides and slides, so you will end the day waterlogged. Some slides are contained inside the building, but the neat use of space has a few…

William Penn Memorial Fire Tower

William Penn Memorial Fire Tower

A spiral staircase containing 120 steel steps leads to an enclosed observation deck. The deck is encased in glass block for year round enjoyment. From there you’re able to see as far as 5th and Penn sts.

Delaware National Scenic River

Delaware National Scenic River

Middle Delaware National Scenic River is a 40-mile stretch of river entirely located within, and entirely administered by, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. In additon to the Middle Delaware, the Delaware River is part of four additional national park units:

The headquarters are in Bushkill, PA

A River and its History

The largest free-flowing river in the eastern United States, the Delaware River runs past forests, farmlands, and villages, and it also links some of the most densely populated regions in America.

In 2000, the National Wild and Scenic River System incorporated key segments of the lower Delaware River to form this unit of the National Park System.

Scenery

The river corridor also offers spectacular autumn foliage, dramatic natural ice sculptures in the winter, and spring’s natural migration of birds. Beautiful views of the river and canals are complimented by the scenery of the historic riverside towns and mills. Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey have designated the routes that flank the river as scenic byways.

Canoe Creek State Park

Canoe Creek State Park

Canoe Creek State Park, 12 miles east of Altoona, is a modern day use facility developed during the Project 70 expansion era of state parks and was dedicated in 1979. The vast openness of this 958-acre park is exemplified with a panoramic view when cresting…

Deshler-Morris House

Deshler-Morris House

The oldest official presidential residence, the Germantown White House, (Deshler-Morris House) twice sheltered George Washington. In October 1793, he found refuge during the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia. Continuing the business of government, he held four cabinet meetings here. The next summer, it was a…

Laurel Mountain State Park

Laurel Mountain State Park

High atop Laurel Ridge at close to 3,000 feet in elevation, Laurel Mountain State Park features a family-oriented downhill skiing area and beautiful views of the rolling countryside of the Ligonier Valley. The slopes and trails provide opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of all levels and the lodge is a cozy place to eat and enjoy the view.

Beltzville State Park

Beltzville State Park

In Carbon County, the 2,972-acre Beltzville State Park is developed around the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control project, Beltzville Dam. Beltzville Lake is 949 acres with a shoreline of 19.8 miles. The park is along the Pohopoco Creek with recreation areas around the…