Take This Unforgettable Road Trip To Experience Some Of Pittsburgh's Most Impressive Caves And Waterfalls
Pittsburgh sits in a prime destination, especially for those of us who love road trips. If you like waterfalls and caves, you’ll definitely want to follow this road trip to some of the most impressive caves and waterfalls near Pittsburgh. Because the road trip spans just under 400 miles in around eight hours, you might want to break it up over two or three days, so you can enjoy each stop for as long as you’d like.
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If you’re looking for “waterfalls near me,” you’ve just hit paydirt! Have you been to any of these caves and waterfalls near Pittsburgh? Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments! If you’re prefer to just visit waterfalls, here are six easy-access waterfalls around Pittsburgh that are worth a visit.
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Are there any caves near Pittsburgh?
Did you know that Pittsburgh’s within easy driving distance of the largest cave in Pennsylvania? Laurel Caverns in Hopwood, about 60 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, is a popular destination during the warmer months. (It’s closed during the winter.) Just about every Pittsburgh-area student went to the caverns during their school days, and it’s worth a visit in adulthood, too. Also the area’s deepest cave, Laurel Caverns offers guided tours. Traditional tours require quite a bit of walking and climbing of stairs. However, if you can’t do stairs or don’t have a lot of time, opt for the shorter 30-minute tour that offers a glimpse at the sandstone caverns. Definitely plan to spend at least half of the day at Laurel Caverns, especially if you want to sign up for a spelunking or caving session. The caverns also have a 10,000-square-foot mini golf course, offering the perfect way to cap off a fun day trip near Pittsburgh.
What are some of the best waterfalls near Pittsburgh?
Did you know that there’s only one named waterfall in all of Allegheny County? It’s Fall Run Falls in Glenshaw, and you can reach it via an easy one-mile trail at the park of the same name. You can find smaller, unnamed waterfalls near Pittsburgh.
However, if you want to visit some of the most majestic waterfalls near Pittsburgh, you’ll have to travel quite a bit further past the city limits.
- Beavers Falls is home to Buttermilk Falls (there’s also a Buttermilk Falls in New Florence) and a gorgeous cascade at Sahli Nature Park, both worth the hour and change drive to reach them from downtown Pittsburgh.
- Sneak a peek at three gorgeous waterfalls if you go to Ohiopyle State Park, a little over an hour from downtown Pittsburgh. It’s home to Cucumber Falls, Ohiopyle Falls, and Jonathan Run Falls, the latter of which sits along a picturesque 3.5-mile trail. Both Cucumber Falls and Ohiopyle Falls are just a short walk from the parking lot.