I’ve been out exploring other parks in the Laurel Highlands area of Pennsylvania. There just isn’t a better place to catch the fall foliage, at least this side of the state. While most of the colorful leaves have fallen, I found a little area in Laurel Hill State Park this past weekend. This was my first visit to to the park. There is tons to explore and it’s exciting to get to a new park. Laurel Hill State Park is a 4,072 acre park in Somerset County. It’s not far from Pittsburgh, only being around an hour’s drive. The first trail I explored was the Pumphouse Trail, it’s a really easy 1.6 mile hike. In the middle is an area called Jones Mill Run. At that site is Jones Mill Run Dam, it’s historic site built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It’s also a popular site for families and children. I made sure to get there early. It was a warm morning for November, a little windy at times. I sat for a while looking on at the reflections in the lake area, I haven’t seen something that beautiful in quite some time. Water was still. Trees were still. Only me and the sound of the early morning birds chirping. Some might think it’s crazy to get up super early on a Saturday morning to go for a hike. But really I find, that you can’t get what nature has to offer unless you get up early. Guess there really is some truth to the saying the early bird gets the worm.
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