I wanted to thank you all for the PA vacation suggestions. As usual all of your thoughts and comments were incredibly welcomed and we had an awesome time. We just returned from a terrific trip to the Allegheny mountains. We took Rt 6 which was a beautiful road but lots of construction. We stayed Whispering Winds RV Campground and where super happy staying there (Thanks to Dave and Nola's recommendation). Home
Owners Ann and Wayne Halloway were wonderful hosts. Friendly and helpful. The campground was very well kept, super clean, and everything was delightful. We parked next to a beautiful babbling brook and listened to it every night by the fire and while sleeping. The rest room and showers were clean and new looking. Even the picnic tables were brand new too.
We spent the week hiking for the most part which was the goal of this trip. The first stop was the Kinzua railroad bridge which was really cool. It is a 310' tall iron tressle that was partially knocked over by a tornado in 2006 or something like that. It provides awesome views of the valley as you can walk out on the tressle. We also hiked down a very steep trail to the bottom of the valley which was also a well worth while hike. The Kinzua Creek trail was pretty steep but well marked and maintained. They are building a tourist center to help draw more people to the attraction.
We stopped at the Kinzu hydroelectric dam which was another worth while stop. dozens of giant carp over 3' long were swimming around by the shore. The dam rumbles with the thunder of the falling water. Another day spent hiking the trailhead at Morrison. This was a rough hike but a gorgeous forest. We were the only people on the trail (no cell service) and it was some really step trails down old creek beds surrounded by giant moss covered boulders. It was muddy and we saw all sorts of great prints. A fresh bear paw print was cool...but the thing tht gave me pause was about 3 or 4 hours into the hike I found what looked like a big cat track. I didn't think PA had big cats...but 4 finger prints, no nails and a main pad with 3 loops made me stop and think. no cell service hours into a really steep overgrown trail in the middle of a national forest, overhead boulders perfect for a cat ambush. We weren't top of the food chain that day...but I put it out of my mind and pushed on. What a great workout.
Last place hiking place of note was Hector's falls in Ludlow pa. Was hard to find but not too hard a hike. The falls were 2 or 3 stories tall but a beautiful location. Again we were the only people there and no cell service was typical. It was definitely worth the hike.
The one 'You absolutely have to stop here place' was Bells Meats. Family Owned & Operated | Jack Bell Meats & Poultry | Kane, Pennsylvania
. We bought sausage there...OMG. The best sausage I've ever had and I grew up in an Italian family with roots in Brooklyn. The place just made me happy. Sausage heaven.
So that's my thank you to all of you. Once again crowd sourcing my vacation was successful.