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East Park Falls: Connellsville, PA, Fayette County

Today we visit the pretty East Park in Connellsville, home to a lovely area of relaxation along Connell Run. The park has picnic groves, playgrounds, and, the main draw for me, a set of waterfalls. East Park Falls consists of an upper and lower section that is easily accessible. They are both no more than ten feet tall, though upper and lower and gorgeous within this heavily wooded gorge. The region is home to a number of waterfalls, including nearby Robinson Falls, and the many falls of Ohiopyle State Park, located relatively close by. The falls of East Park and Robinson Falls are worth a stop if you are in the area. 
Notice the rock wall in the background. It appears that there was once a mill located in this location. The hydro power of this region was being heavily utilized at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. These mills were utilized for many things, including grist mills for the creation of flour, and saw mills to cut fresh timber. Some of the mill buildings remain in the area, but the machinery from one of the mills is on display at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg
Looking down into the gorge that is home to East Park.
East Park itself is an awesome place to relax for a while and perhaps have a picnic lunch at. It is nicer than your average community park, with its location in a nicely wooded gorge. If you are in this area of the Laurel Highlands, be sure to stop by and check it out.

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1 comment :

  1. I was born in Connellsville and as a child I enjoyed the many trips to East Park with my sister and my grandparents. I went back there about 10 years ago and it still looks wonderful to me! Great memories!


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