Laurel Highlands & Allegheny Camping
The Youghiogheny River flows into the Ohiopyle Falls in Ohiopyle State Park, marking the Laurel Highlands and Allegheny Region of Pennsylvania. Another great outdoor feature is the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail that extends for 70 miles from Ohiopyle State Park to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. Don't forget the Allegheny Passage, the longest Rails-to-Trails on the East Coast, connecting Pittsburgh to Washington DC.
The Laurel Highlands and Allegheny region is also well known for Frank Lloyds Wright's architectural marvel, Fallingwaters, built over a waterfall. You'll also find several family friendly wildlife animal parks, preserves, and underground caverns in this region, including Penn's Cave, Indian Caverns, and Lincoln Caverns.
At the eastern edge of the region you'll find the tip of Raystown Lake, a camper's mecca for boating, paddling, biking, and fishing. The 8,000-acre Raystown Lake is surrounded by 29,000 acres of land and 12 public access points. There are no horsepower or boat size restrictions, so you'll see canoes, kayaks, wave runners, jet skis, fishing boats, pontoons, and even houseboats. This fisherman's paradise is best known for stripers, largemouth, rock and smallmouth bass fishing. Check out www.raystown.org for charter rentals and marina information. Go to www.fish.state.pa.us to find out about the boat launches, trout streams, and water regulations.
Don't miss the Johnstown and Cambria County annual Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Festival, held the 4th weekend in June. Bikers come out to enjoy a great vacation opportunity, incorporating the festival and the local attractions.
Are you ready for some football? You and 100,000 of your closest friends will feel the excitement at Beaver Stadium in State College, home of the Penn State Nittany Lions. State College also hosts the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts every July, which is nationally recognized for its Sidewalk Sale and Gallery Exhibition, sand sculptures, music, and dance and theatrical performances.