Pittsburgh February 24, 2017
by Beth Price-Williams 7 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight Around Pittsburgh — No Hiking Required
Next time you travel around Pittsburgh, take a moment to stop and look around you. Chances are you’ll discover just how much natural beauty we are exposed to in Pittsburgh. And, if you’d like a closer look, here are seven natural wonders in Pittsburgh that you’ll definitely want to check out.
1. Springfield Falls – Springfield Falls, Pennsylvania 16156
Enjoy spectacular aerial views of Springfield Falls in Mercer County, located on the outskirts of State Game Lands 284. You'll have to travel no further than the small parking lot that overlooks the falls. Getting to the base of the waterfall, unfortunately, is often treacherous for hikers of all skill levels.
2. Laurel Caverns – Hopwood, PA 15445
You'll have to travel a little over an hour to visit our next natural wonder but it's well worth the drive to visit Laurel Caverns, the state's largest and deepest cave. Wear comfortable shoes because, if you want to explore the cave, you can join a walking tour.
3. Powdermill Nature Reserve – 1847 PA-381, Rector, PA 15677
Discover the unspoiled natural beauty of the Pennsylvania landscape and wildlife at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Sit alongside a picturesque pond. Stroll along quiet paths. Or, attend one of the many weekend or evening programs for nature enthusiasts of all ages.
4. Mount Washington
Many of us pass a breathtaking natural wonder every day and probably don't even notice it anymore. Mount Washington is a stunning natural wonder that also just happens to provide one of the best city skyline views in the country. Experience Mount Washington by climbing up the mountain on the Duquesne or the Monongahela Incline then take in the unparalleled skyline views from a nearby observation deck.
5. The Monongahela River
The Monongahela River promises plenty for Pittsburghers to do, from boating to kayaking. What makes the Monongahela River so unique, however, is that it is one of the United States' longest rivers that flows from north to south, just like the Nile River.
6. Cucumber Falls – Sr2010, Dunbar, PA 15431
Southwestern Pennsylvania boasts incredible waterfalls like Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park. Accessing both the top and the base of Cucumber Falls is simple. Road signs will lead you to the closest parking lot to Cucumber Falls, where you'll have spectacular views of the 30 foot waterfall. For more breathtaking views at the base, simply walk down the set of stairs near the parking lot.
7. Succop Nature Park – 185 E Airport Road, Butler, PA 16002
Explore breathtaking natural beauty Succop Nature Park in Butler. Journal or sketch as you sit on the edge of one of the park's picturesque ponds. Throw down a blanket in front of towering tree and read a good book. Succop Nature Park also provides the perfect setting for bird watching.
After visiting these seven natural wonders in Pittsburgh that don’t require hiking, plan an
epic road trip to some more of the Burgh’s most amazing natural wonders.
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Address: 1847 PA-381, Rector, PA 15677 Address: 185 E Airport Road, Butler, PA 16002