We have been so fortunate to have family visiting us this month, and to have had the opportunity to take them with us on our explorations around the Mid-Atlantic.

My mother and sister-in-law from the Southwest were here, and we were so excited to see them experience their first autumn – luckily, we didn’t have to go far to view the beautiful fall colors – they were all around us!

But, we wanted to take a scenic fall drive, so we found ourselves in the Laurel Highlands at Ohiopyle State Park.

The Laurel Highlands are along the westernmost ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, and feature beautiful rolling hills, rivers and woods in the area, which are perfect for hiking and are so picturesque!

At the heart of the Highlands is Ohiopyle (a Native American name meaning “white frothy water”).

Ohiopyle was founded alongside the Youghiogheny River (Yawki-gay-nee), and is known for some of the best whitewater rafting in the Eastern U.S., though, we didn’t see anyone out rafting on such a brisk day.

We had an incredible time driving and hiking through the area and taking in the fall scenery!

We were also excited to stop by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob and Fallingwater homes, though the home tours were full, so we spent time exploring the grounds instead.

All in all, it was a great fall day, and we even experienced our first Mid-Atlantic snow in the cool weather of the Highlands, which was beautiful (but also triggered the onset of our first sickness of the year).

Stay tuned for our next fall exploration – a daytrip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania!

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Posted by:Caitlin Burm

Hi! I'm Caitlin, the creator of Burm Voyage, a blog about balancing marriage, motherhood and travel across the U.S.

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