There are many fun and interesting things to do just a short distance from Fallingwater. Visitors flock to the Laurel Highlands year-round to enjoy one of the most beautiful natural environments in the Eastern United States.
It’s located in the eastern U.S. in the state of Pennsylvania. The Appalachian Mountains run through PA and create the watershed where Fallingwater is located.
In Fayette County, PA, Fallingwater was built in the small town of Bear Run, just a 90 minute drive south of Pittsburgh in the Laurel HIghlands.
Located 5 miles off the historic National Road (Route 40) on Skyline Drive, Laurel Caverns is a 435-acre geological park featuring Pennsylvania’s largest cave, which contains over 3 miles of passages under Chestnut Ridge. A variety of activities of activities caters to the traveling public, school education programs, scout merit badge programs, summer camp programs and high adventure seekers,
Web site - www.laurelcaverns.com
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Fort Necessity, site of the first battle of the French & Indian War, is located about 11 miles east of Uniontown along the historic National Road (Route 40) in Farmington, PA. A state-of-the-art interpretive and Education Center provides lively, interactive insight into the war and construction of the Nation’s first federally funded highway. The park includes the battlefield, reconstructed fort, and Mount Washington Tavern. Nearby are the sites of Braddock’s Grave (1.5 miles west) and Jumonville Glen (7 miles west).
Web site - www.nps.gov/fone
Historic National Road
The National Road — "The Road that built the Nation" — was America’s first federally funded highway. Begun in 1811, this corridor transported more than 200,000 people per year as well as goods to and from the heart of the new nation. Reborn as a favorite route for "auto touring" in the 1920’s, it still offers visitors the opportunity to relive the spirit of a growing America.
Web site - www.nationalroadpa.org
Great Allegheny Passage
Plan an amazing bike excursion like none other on a trail system that passes through the heart of the Laurel Highlands while connecting two great American cities – Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. Together the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath follow over 300 miles of winding rivers, shady forests and panoramic vistas, all on a nearly level trail.
Make the ride in its entirety and experience the sweet reward of an adventure done on you own power. Or simply load your bikes onto your car for a weekend that blends riding and other activities. However you experience the trial, treat yourself in the “Trail Towns” along the way. Stay at a bed-and-breakfasts, dine in a local eateries drop in on local events and visit area attractions.
Web site - www.greatalleghenypassage.org
Ohiopyle State Park
A crown jewel of the Pennsylvania State Park system, Ohiopyle is situated where the slopes of Laurel Ridge meet the Youghiogheny River to create Pennsylvania’s deepest gorge. Sightseers and those seeking biking, hiking, or paddling adventures will enjoy waterfalls, natural waterslides, rock outcroppings, rare plant species, and amazing overlooks. Whitewater enthusiasts can test their skills on the Lower Youghiogheny, the busiest section of whutewater in the Eastern United States. Those seeking something a little milder can take float trip on the Middle Youghiogheny. Over 79 miles of trails provide biking or hiking in all four seasons. Rock climbing and repelling are also available. Whether you are looking for an afternoon stroll or for the start of a 70-mile backpacking trip on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, Ohiopyle State Park will deliver.
Ohiopyle - Web site or 724.329.8591
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the last decade of his career, Kentuck Knob is nestled high in the western Pennsylvania mountains seven miles south of Fallingwater and six miles from the historic National Road. The home’s construction of native sandstone, tidewater cypress, and copper blends naturally with its surroundings in true Wrightian harmony. A sculpture garden with over 35 major works enhances the visitor’s experience, and a former greenhouse now serves as the visitor center, with a gift shop and a café.
Web site - www.kentuckknob.com
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House at Polymath Park Resort
Experience the height of Usonian Style at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House. Created for everyday life in the 1950s, you will marvel at the fascinating story of this home’s journey from Illinois to Pennsylvania. Two other Wright-inspired homes add to the architectural interest and historical appeal of Polymath Park Resort. Tours are available by reservation only; please visit the website or call for more information.
Web site - www.polymathpark.com
Touchstone Center for Crafts
Touchstone Center for Crafts is a unique three-season craft school in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1972, this craft school has expanded to include contemporary and experimental techniques in addition to traditional and historic methods in disciplines such as blacksmithing, ceramics, metals, textiles, glass blowing, glass beadmaking, stained glass, oil and watercolor painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, music and sculpture. As Pennsylvania's only residential craft school, Touchstone offers both beginner and seasoned artisits week-long and weekend courses taught by some of North America's finest artists and artisans. For additional information and a course catalog call or visit our website.
Web Site - www.touchstonecrafts.org
Phone - 800-721-0177