Pittsburgh July 06, 2017
The 10 Most Incredible Natural Attractions Near Pittsburgh That Everyone Should Visit
Make the most of every moment this summer without breaking the bank. What could be better, right? Nature’s playground surrounds us, providing multiple opportunities for us to get outdoors, enjoy the warm weather, and have fun. Here are 10 of the most incredible natural attractions near Pittsburgh you’ll definitely want to visit this summer.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Meadow Run Natural Waterslide – 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Experience a waterslide like no other when you visit Meadow Run Natural Waterslide this summer. Nestled in Ohiopyle State Park, a natural wonder itself, the waterslide promises non-stop thrills. After you've thoroughly cooled off, explore some of the nearly 22,000 acre state park that offers hiking, biking, camping, and horseback riding.
Plan your trip to Meadow Run Natural Waterslide.
2. Cucumber Falls – 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Spend an unforgettable night - or more - at Ohiopyle State Park, where you'll have easy access to such jaw dropping beauty as Cucumber Falls (pictured), Jonathan Falls, and Ohiopyle Falls. Kentuck Knob Campground offers old-fashioned tent camping as well as cottage rentals.
Read more about Cucumber Falls and camping at Ohiopyle State Park.
3. Sahli Nature Park – 194 McKinley Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Escape to the lush, cool forest when you visit Sahli Nature Park in Beaver Falls. The cozy natural area offers a plethora of natural beauty, including waterfalls, stone benches, a pond, and a butterfly nursery. Spend the day hiking along the trails and stop for a leisurely picnic by the water.
Visit Sahli Nature Park.
4. Laurel Caverns – Hopwood, PA 15445
Journey deep underground, where the temperature remains a cool 55 degrees Fahrenheit all year around, at Laurel Caverns. Join a guided tour that will give you a close-up look at the deepest cave in Pennsylvania. You'll travel 3,000 square feet through the calcareous sandstone cave before returning above ground to enjoy a picnic, play mini golf, or peruse the gift shop.
Learn more about Laurel Caverns.
5. Bilger’s Rocks – 1921 Bilgers Rocks Road, Grampian, PA 16838
Load up the car with snacks or a picnic for the 100 mile drive to Bilger's Rocks. The breathtaking natural wonder, which dates back 320 million years, boasts passageways and caves. Meet Bill, who just happens to predict the weather just like his long lost cousin Punxsutawney Phil and enjoy a picnic at one of the pavilions.
Travel to Bilger's Rocks.
6. Erie Bluffs State Park – 11100 W Lake Road, Lake City, PA 16423
Discover the pristine shoreline - approximately 540 acres - that's completely undeveloped at Erie Bluffs State Park. Stand atop 90 foot bluffs for spectacular views of Lake Erie. The unspoiled state park also features one developed area - Elk Creek - which offers fishing, picnicking, and a boat launch.
Day trip to Erie Bluffs State Park.
7. Buttermilk Falls Natural Area – 570 Valley Brook Road, New Florence, PA 15944
Snap photos of one of nature's most beautiful creations: Waterfalls. Leisurely stroll from the parking lot at Buttermilk Falls Natural Area for about 10 minutes when you'll begin to hear the sound of falling water. Buttermilk Falls, a spectacular 40 foot waterfall promises stunning views from above, in front of, and you can even walk behind it.
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8. Crooked Creek Lake – 114 Main Park Road, Ford City, PA 16226
Wile away a summer day floating down Crooked Creek Lake, lying on the sandy beach, or swimming in the water. Crooked Creek Lake offers plenty to keep you busy all day, including boating, fishing, a kids playground, picnicking, and camping.
Visit Crooked Creek Lake.
9. Laurel Hill State Park – 1454 Laurel Hill Park Road, Somerset, PA 15501
Soak up the sun as you relax on the sandy beach at Laurel Hill State Park. The quaint 63-acre lake provides the perfect setting for swimming and boating. Play an impromptu game of beach volleyball. Enjoy food and drinks from the concession stand. And, end the day with a little stargazing.
Find out more here.
10. Moraine State Park – 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, PA 16051
Explore the blue waters of Lake Arthur when you visit Moraine State Park. Swim along the sandy beaches. Sail around the lake. Or, rent a kayak. Moraine State Park offers a plethora of activities, including biking, hiking, fishing, and camping.
Read more here.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun in the Burgh this summer. These incredible natural attractions near Pittsburgh – and this
natural wonders road trip – will keep you busy all summer long. Address: 1454 Laurel Hill Park Road, Somerset, PA 15501 Address: 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470 Address: 114 Main Park Road, Ford City, PA 16226 Address: 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, PA 16051 Address: 194 McKinley Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 Address: 1921 Bilgers Rocks Road, Grampian, PA 16838 Address: 11100 W Lake Road, Lake City, PA 16423 Address: 570 Valley Brook Road, New Florence, PA 15944