Our first visit to Roaring Run took place in July of 2010, prior to the formation of our blog. Last November, we returned to explore the area further.
Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along Laurel Mountain from Ohiopyle State Park to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. The main attraction of this 13,625-acre park is the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT). In fact, the LHHT is the only marked trail in the entire park!
An hour northeast of Pittsburgh lies the Butler-Freeport Community Trail. Less traveled than its competitors, this trail’s scenery is as rich as its history.
The more time I spend immersing myself in the beauty of McConnells Mill State Park, the more I realize how special this park really is. Each visit reveals another treasure, especially if you have a love of waterfalls like me. McConnells Mill is certainly worthy of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’s title “one of Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks”.
North Park’s Wildwood Mine Loop is sure to keep even the most discriminating hiker entertained. Color abounds on the trail regardless of season. Trails within the loop allow for alterations in the path, making it possible to hike often with a different route back each time.
This four mile journey begins at the trailhead of the Rachel Carson Trail in Pie Traynor Field. Instinct immediately draws your gaze up to take in the height of the surrounding trees.