Category - Outdoors

Earth Day 50th Anniversary

April 22, 2020 marks 50 years of Earth Day. While the global pandemic might keep us from celebrating by being out in nature, it is also showing us the importance of coming together as people in the fight for our planet. Explore these local, state and national events and organizations to celebrate Earth Day digitally and be ready to give back when…

Immersion Research

As a young girl growing up in the river town of Confluence, Kara Weld spent countless days paddling on the water. Perhaps paddling was in her blood as her parents owned the local kayaking school, Riversport. It was here that Kara found her passion and her husband, John, who worked for Kara’s parents. That same passion guided Kara as a…


In 1971, Tom Love was a river guide living the dream in the small town of Ohiopyle. With extensive experience in repairing and crafting boats under his belt, Love was approached by his friend Tom Clark, who suggested that they collaborate to create a boat that would accommodate river photographers. They needed to make something light and sturdy.…


Your Guide to Ohiopyle

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 11:00 AM by Allyson Null

Adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers, look no further than Ohiopyle State Park for your fresh air fix and adrenaline rush! As Pennsylvania’s largest state park, Ohiopyle offers 80 miles of trails, a variety of camping options, abundant waterfalls and rapids, 28 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail, and 14 miles of the…

Conservation Heroes of the Laurel Highlands

Conservation Heroes of the Laurel Highlands

Monday, April 22, 2019 10:00 AM by Allyson Null

The beauty of the Laurel Highlands is well-known and unrivaled. And it doesn't happen effortlessly. The trails don't maintain themselves, fairies don't remove invasive plant species and the rivers aren't magically monitored. There are many conservation heroes, past and present, that contribute to the beauty of the Laurel…

Fishing in the Laurel Highlands

Fishing has long been a recreational pastime for many Americans and their families. Each year, an average of 81 million fishing trips are taken annually, according to the Marine Fish Conservation Network. In 2017, a record 101.6 million Americans headed outdoors and participated in activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife watching. It is a…


Laurel Highlands Trout Trail

Friday, April 12, 2019 12:00 PM by James Nelson

If you are a fishing enthusiast, you have probably heard of the famous trout trail in the Laurel Highlands. A trout trail is basically a spectacular track for fishermen to journey along while fulfilling all they have ever dreamt to see. The Laurel Highlands is located in southwestern Pennsylvania and is made up of three counties: Fayette, Somerset…

Ohiopyle Ice Flow

7 Things You Need to Know About Ice Fishing

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 11:00 AM by Jim Watson

Looking for something new to try outdoors this winter? How about ice fishing? It may sound cold, but ice fishing in the Laurel Highlands is actually a very energizing adventure. Below are some of the amazing things you need to know about ice fishing. Fishing Gear You will need to put together your fishing gear before sitting out on the cold ice.…

Winter Fishing Laurel Highlands

Winter Fishing in the Laurel Highlands

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:00 AM by Adam Brown

Pennsylvania is a wonderful place for outdoor activities all year round. The beautiful scenery and natural resources make it the perfect state for hiking, skiing, camping and especially fishing. Pennsylvania is the perfect place to do some winter fishing. This is especially true in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands, where there are many…

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Celebrate PA Trails Month!

Friday, September 21, 2018 5:00 PM by Allyson Null

September is PA Trails Month, and where else would you rather celebrate than the Laurel Highlands? The region isn't called an outdoor mecca for nothing. With more than 700 miles of hiking and biking trails waiting in your backyard, there is no excuse to not get outdoors! Regardless if you want to celebrate PA Trails Month by walking, riding or…