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12.09.2018

Linn Run State Park, Ligonier, PA, Westmoreland County

Linn Run State Park. While it is nowhere near the biggest, nor does it have a ton of attractions compared to a park like McConnell's Mill, Presque Isle, Ricketts Glen, or Ohiopyle, Linn Run is one of my absolute favorite state parks in the state. There is something about that feeling when you get down in the Linn Run Valley and feel the temperature get much cooler. There is something about the sound of the roaring mountain creek that is Linn Run. The valley is filled with the state flower, Mountain Laurel, in addition to our state tree, the Hemlock, along with pines and many hardwood species of trees. All of it put together, makes this place really stick out to me. This place is so serene and lovely. It clears my mind of everything and I can just relax. Something kicks in when I get here to just slow down and take in what is stimulating my senses. Linn Run State Park is an inspiring place to me. As I look back, Linn Run State Park was one of the first places that we wrote an article about. On that visit, we spent the weekend in one of the beautiful CCC built cabins and warmed ourselves up with the fireplace in the cabin. It was an awesome time and it really inspired me to continue the exploration with our page. 

It is hard to believe that just over a century ago this land was a wasteland and heavily logged. This, and the rest of Forbes State Forest, were completely logged around the turn of the century and sparks from the steam locomotives would catch on the discarded branches, causing terrible fires. With a vision for the future, the state purchased the land and grew a second growth forest that is spectacular. Linn Run State Park is the jewel of that effort in this region, in my humble opinion.
Linn Run Valley
The start of the hike to the falls. This is a very short hike, but there is a loop trail that gives you a nice hike through the woodlands. There are a number of nice hikes along Linn Run, including these, and the Flat Rock Trail. Additionally, just outside the state park in Forbes State Forest, there are several fantastic hikes that lead to the Wolf Rocks and Beam Rocks Overlooks, which are some of the finest overlooks in the state. 
Once you hit this bridge, the falls are on the right.
The view from the top of the falls.
The falls can't be any taller than 20 feet, but they are pretty.
Gotta love fresh powder!
Linn Run is one of my favorite state parks in the state. You definitely should check it out sometime if you like to escape to the outdoors.

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