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Sleepy Hollow and the Loyalhanna Gorge Natural Area, Lincoln Highway between Ligonier & Latrobe

The Loyalhanna Gorge Greenway protects a nice section of the Loyalhanna Creek, just downstream from beautiful Idlewild Amusement Park and more and just upstream from where it heads into Latrobe. It is located in between the eastbound and westbound lanes of the beautiful Lincoln Highway/Route 30, at the point that the Lincoln Highway really starts to go wild into the mountains. The section we are covering today is called "Sleepy Hollow" and it is a pretty pleasant place to stop at. 

It is a wonderful place to get out and stretch your legs and let the pups go in and wade for a minute. It looks like it is an excellent trout stream as well. 
It is now owned by Westmoreland County and is preserved as a great green space. The Loyalhanna Watershed Association and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy have worked hard to make sure this land gets protected. I recall driving through this area for the first time a long time ago as we headed to Idlewild and just being so excited and astounded by the beauty of the wooded area through this portion of highway. I did not realize that this little park area was in between those lanes. 
The Sleepy Hollow Causeway is a relic that should be preserved as well. 

Definitely stop and take in the natural beauty of this spot if you are in the area. Well worth a short ride to stop and take in the beauty. 



Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge: Lancaster County

Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge is a beautiful little covered bridge in Lancaster County across Cocalico Creek. For a guide on other covered bridges in Lancaster County, the county with the most covered bridges in PA, check out our guide. This little covered bridge has white portals with red sides. I am usually indifferent about what color the portals of a covered bridge are, but I have to say that the white portals on this bridge really pop with the lush greenery of the surrounding woods. On one end of the bridge, you approach the covered bridge by going through agricultural areas, very much in line with many of the other covered bridges in the region.
In a nut shell, between the agricultural area with a farm stand and immediately adjacent creek area with nice forests, this spot accentuates so much about small borough/suburban/rural Pennsylvania life, right down to small businesses, housing developments, and even a pickup truck accessories store, used car lot, pizza shop, and more within a quarter mile radius of this spot. If I had to pick one location that accentuates a lot of what the state consists of, this would be it. 

It is located on the outskirts of Ephrata. It was built in 1891 and is 54 feet long. It utilizes Burr Arch-Truss construction. 


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