I drove about an hour and half outside of Pittsburgh to see some nature and a Frank Lloyd Wright house, Kentuck Knob. After walking around a really cool house, I decided to pull over and check out Cucumber Falls. I was not disappointed by the experience. A easy hike from the parking lot takes you by the waterfall and all the way to the Youghiogheny River. The Ohiopyle State Park offers so many fun outside activities ranging from hiking, white water rafting, mountain biking, and everything in between. The Youghiogheny River runs through the middle of the park with tons of great fishing spots. Worth your while to get out of the city for a day and go see this state park. Continue reading
I got a couple of days off work and met up with a friend in Monongahela National Forest in West Virgina. This was my first time camping and hiking in the state, and I was not disappointed by any means. This national forest was started in the 1920’s. The park gets around 3 million visitors a year exploring 921,000 acres of hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, and camping. I hiked the Kennison Mountain Trail Loop, a 8.9 mile hike that I completed in a day and a half. The trail was great all except for a section which you walk on a service road, but even that was overshadowed by the beauty of Cranberry River.
The weather was amazing today, and I decided to enjoy it with a little hike. I found this trail right off 51 south. The Seldom Seen Greenway is a twenty-two acre green space inside Pittsburgh, PA founded July 12, 1985 by Edward E. Smuts. There is not a lot of parking, but the trail is nice, and I got to see tons of wildlife. I even got to see three bucks take a minute to get something to drink. It’s not a long distance trail, and some of the trail is over grown, but I got to find a good meditation rock by the creek.