Lake Somerset returns!

Jun 6, 2022

After years of work repairing the dam and spillway, building fish breeding structures, adding trails and pavilions, and generally making the surrounding landscape suitable for all visitors, shimmering blue water is beginning to dominate. 22 May 2022, the Somerset Daily American reports that “the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has given the authorization to refill…

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Steam is Back! The last Baldwin.

May 4, 2022

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is the offspring of the former WMd Rwy. The route is now the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) from Connellsville to Cumberland. For years the WM Scenic RR ran excursions from Cumberland to Frostburg. The ride parallels the GAP with plenty of waving between cyclists and passengers.   The Baldwin-built 2-8-0…

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The Big Savage Tunnel is open.

Apr 1, 2022

 The trail crew from Somerset County, plus volunteers, opened the Big Savage Tunnel. The lights are on and it will remain open through the 2022 season. The trails leading up to the tunnel, from both sides, are still wet and a little soft, but will dry and compact. A new limestone surface was laid, from…

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Welcome Trailhead Brewery to Rockwood.

Mar 20, 2022

Trailhead Brewery opened its doors an easy ride just across the Casselman River Bridge at the Rockwood Trail Access Area. Hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Co-owners Bob and Hope Metzgar make all kinds of craft beers. These include IPAs,…

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The Big Savage Tunnel opens April 1st

Mar 10, 2022

The Big Savage Tunnel will open April 1st. It’s been a long winter, but spring is rapidly approaching, even in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains. That translates to robins returning, turkey vultures sailing on the thermals, skunk cabbage in the wetlands, and most of all, the Big Savage Tunnel, Mile 22 on the Great…

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