Tag - Water Sports and Whitewater Rafting

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…

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Four Seasons of Fun

Friday, February 22, 2019 3:00 PM by Allyson Null

Experience four seasons of fun in the Laurel Highlands! Fill your next visit's itinerary with tons of seasonal adventures, from snowshoeing in the winter to zip lining in the summer there’s something for everybody! Spring Once the snow melts, try something new like an exhilarating zip lining or rock wall climbing experience at Nemacolin…

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Reasons to Visit the Laurel Highlands in 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019 2:00 PM by Allyson Null

From architectural wonders to exotic animals and unforgettable events to remarkable historic sites, the Laurel Highlands is an ideal place to get away, enjoy the great outdoors and find your adventure. Even if you've visited within the past year, you can create a loaded itinerary full of brand new experiences! The addition of Frank Lloyd…

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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…

Sharon Speelman, Historical Hanna, Somerset

Important Firsts in the Laurel Highlands

Friday, August 31, 2018 11:00 AM by Allyson Null

The Laurel Highlands is home to many historic sites and monumental events, some of them being the first in the state, country or world! Learn about some of the important firsts that happened in the region, and be sure to check out their corresponding properties. Home of the Banana Split In 1904, a pharmacist named Dr. David Strickler invented the…

Ohiopyle Essentials: A Rafting Trip Guide

Ohiopyle Essentials: A Rafting Trip Guide

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 9:00 AM by Allyson Null

Endorphins are your friends, and something magical happens when you navigate your way through rapids. You don’t have to be an extreme adventurer to get on the river! At Ohiopyle State Park in the Laurel Highlands, there are four outfitters who have the gear, guides and knowledge to give you the float trip you've been dreaming of. The…

An Epic Family Getaway A Multi-Generational Trip

A 5-Day, 4-Night Trip The Laurel Highlands is famous for family getaways and vacations. From world-renowned attractions, exhilarating adventures, living history and hands-on activities, your group will cherish the lifelong memories it will make while traveling through the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. Day One The first stop on…

Travel Then and Now: LHVB Staff Favorites

In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week's "Then and Now" theme, each Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau staff member answered the question "What was your favorite spot in the Laurel Highlands growing up, and what is your favorite spot now?" Ann Nemanic, Executive Director "I’m not a native of the Laurel…