A Hike On The Jonathan Run And Allegheny Passage Trails In Ohiopyle State Park
The skies were mostly clear and it was a cool 57 degrees when I awoke at the Historic Summit Inn in the Laurel Highlands on Sunday. I had a great day at Fallingwater and the Ohiopyle State Park with my niece Cassidy on Saturday. I wanted to get one more hike in the park before I made the 4 1/2 drive home. I quickly glanced at my AllTrail app and decided to hike the Jonathan Run Trail. It was a snap decision and I didn’t research the trail. I should have. But more on that later.
The trailhead was located on Holland Hill. Road a few miles from the Cucumber Falls parking lot. Once again I was the only vehicle in the parking lot. It was a very isolated area and I loved it. The trail was narrow but well maintained as it proceeded through a mature second growth hardwood forest.
The trail follows Jonathan Run for almost two mile ad then intersects with the Great Allegheny Passage Trail.
and the melodious songs of the wood thrushes filled the morning air. I Had never heard so many of them. They were everywhere on the first mile of the trail. Their song is one of most beautiful sounds I hear in our forest and it was a wonderful experience to hear so many singing in the treetops. The lighting was dim under the canopy of leaves so it was hard to photograph them in the tree tops.
The trail also had many large rhododendrons growing along and overhanging the trail.
The trail climbed high above Jonathan Run, I didn’t know it at the time but there were a couple of beautiful waterfalls on the trail I walked right past them. I have now learned the are easily accessible and beautiful. I . need to do more research on my next visit. .
The cut exposed seams of bituminous or soft coal. A marker provided some information about the history of coal mining in the area. it was the first time I had seen soft or bituminous coal . I grew up in anthracite or hard coal country.
I saw one more critter on my return hike, and it was red too, a beautiful scarlet tanager. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the birds and salamander I saw on my hike on Jonathan Run. Ohiopyle State Park morning hike critters. July 31 2022.
a few more mushrooms I can’t identify. It was a peaceful and reflective hike I didn’t see a single person on the five mile hike. I enjoyed this solitude. And I hope to hike this, and the many other trail in Ohiopyle State Park in the future. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike on Jonathan Run and the Allegheny Passage Trail Ohiopyle State Park morning hike August 1 to 5 2022.
And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul. John Muir