• Meghan Harvey

The Great Outdoors of Somerset County

The Southern Alleghenies is full of beautiful hiking and biking trails, and Somerset County is no exception! We sat down with Lindsay Pyle, Parks & Trails Director for Somerset County, to learn all about Somerset trails and the exciting projects that are currently in the works!

Great Allegheny Passage

The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150-mile trail that connects Pittsburgh, PA and Cumberland, MD. The trail was officially completed in 2013 after 35 years of trail building! The Somerset County portion of the Great Allegheny Passage covers 42 miles of the trail and contains some pretty awesome focal points!

Kiosks and maps are spread along the way to help guide trail visitors in the right direction. Last year alone, the Great Allegheny Passage had visitors from all 50 states and 65 different countries!

“Being on the Great Allegheny Passage is one of my absolute favorite things,” says Lindsay. “It’s a place to relax, it’s a place to clear your head, and you’re always seeing something new. There’s tons of wildlife, and you meet all kinds of people. It’s just an incredible experience.”

Visit https://gaptrail.org/ for trail info, printable maps, and more!

9/11 National Memorial Trail

The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a 1,300 mile multi-use trail that connects the nation’s three 9/11 commemorative sites at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the Flight 93 Memorial.

The goal is to connect the Flight 93 Memorial to Washington, D.C., and Somerset County’s very first portion is currently in the works! This is a big deal for the Somerset area, and the community is honored to help fulfill the trail’s mission of celebrating freedom, resilience, and history.

You can learn more about the trail by visiting https://www.911trail.org/.

Somerset Lake Nature Park

The Somerset Lake Nature Park is going to be the first county-owned park within Somerset County. The park will feature a 5-mile trail that will circle the entire lake, and the first portion of the trail is currently being worked on!

“We’re excited to have something within the borough that anybody can go to, where you can just get outside, get some fresh air, and see a beautiful lake,” says Lindsay.

The Southern Alleghenies communities are not only lucky to live in such a beautiful area, but also to have people like Lindsay who are dedicated to ensuring our access to it. Thanks, Lindsay!

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