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Laurel Highlands

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Laurel Highlands

We am thinking of taking a trip to the Laurel Highlands for up to 5 days. We like easy to moderate hiking, mountain and waterfall scenery, theater, and are open to other things.

Please offer suggestions for this trip.


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1. Re: Laurel Highlands

I would suggest the following:

Fallingwater & Kentuck Knob, homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Ohiopyle State Park, including the falls (nice hikes)

Johnstown, including the Incline Plane and flood museums

We spent a few days here about 5 years ago and liked the area. There is also a resort called Seven Springs (I believe it caters mostly to skiiers, but I think there are summer activities also, like an alpine slide).


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2. Re: Laurel Highlands

I agree with the first response, all good suggestions. Also at Ohiopyle, you can rent bicycles and ride the bike trails along the Youghiogheny River - always in excellent condition and beautiful scenery. The bike trails have very gentle grades because they were railway beds, so if you can ride a bike, you can travel for hours on them and not be pushed too hard even if you aren't in great shape.

Laurel Hill State Park is a favorite place to visit with a beautiful stream perfect for trout fishing and a large lake surrounded by the mountains. Also plenty of hiking.

I've gone hiking all over the country and find that buying a book on the hiking for the region I am visiting is usually the best way to help me decide which hikes to do. You may want to go on Amazon and order "50 Hikes in Western Pennsylvania." The reviews of the book are pretty good and it says that plenty of the hikes are in the Laurel Highlands. Also, it is focused on dayhikes and walks, not backbacking. It's only about $13, so well worth the value you'll get from it.

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