Once an ecological disaster — as with many areas of the East Coast that were clear cut by the lumber industry during the late 19th and early 20th centuries — Linn Run State Park is now a thriving second growth forest. Mountain laurel and native rhododendron cover the slopes — we caught the tail end of the rhododendron blooms.
But now this park is a popular destination for those wishing to immerse themselves in a thriving forest or enjoy the natural water slides along Linn Run.
Adam Falls would be lovely in the spring, after rains, but in July, it was a very thin stream of water, a dripple, really, comparable with what you get when you turn on the kitchen faucet. But we enjoyed seeing the grotto behind the falls before climbing back up to the trail.
The trail then became very rocky but lovely with the floor cover of leafy green ferns. We missed them, but apparently there are chimneys and foundations of old cabins along this trail.
This is not a long trail, so you’ll likely have time to check out the Flat Rock Trail, a half-mile out-and-back trail that leads you along Linn Run, past the ruins of an old cabin that offers a fun detour to imagine what the rooms once looked like.
Bring water shoes and get your feet wet — the stream is inviting. And the smooth rocks form a natural water slide, which, on the day we were visited, some kids were enjoying, shrieking with delight in the hot summer day.
Getting there: 770 Linn Run Rd, Rector, PA
Hours: dawn through dusk
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- Flight 93 National Memorial
- Fort Ligonier
- Fort Necessity National Historic Site
- Ghost Town Rail Trail
- Great Allegheny Passage Bridge to Bridge Ride
- Kentuck Knob
- Nemacolin Castle Ghost Hunt
- Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
- Ohiopyle State Park
- Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art – Ligonier
- Westmoreland Art Museum