Daily Walks in Nature
Our parks and trails offer inviting places for your daily walk in nature regardless of the time of year.
Blue Spruce Park Road
The winding road through Blue Spruce Park is a popular walking route for our visitors who circle the park. The distance around the park loop is almost two miles.
Bat Box at Hemlock Lake
Two bat boxes were constructed and installed at Hemlock Lake in December 2019 by Hunter Berg for Hunter's Eagle Scout project. Hunter also placed a bat box at Trusal Covered Bridge.
Stony Run on the Hoodlebug Trail
After Mahoning and Little Mahoning Creek travel through Indiana County they end up just over the county line in Armstrong County. The dam here was constructed in 1941. It's 926 feet in length and 162 feet in height. The dam was one of 13 dams constructed by the Army Corps to prevent flooding in Pittsburgh.
Winter Solstice at BVNA
Buttermilk Falls - December 2019
Our first snowfall of the year creates a wintry scene at the falls.
Last Run of the Hoodlebug
The last run of the Hoodlebug on the Pennsylvania Railroad in Indiana County occurred on April 18, 1940. Sixty years after the last run the rail line was converted to the Hoodlebug Trail.
The photo is from the archives of the Indiana Gazette.
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Hoodlebug Trail Bridge at Two Lick Creek
Throughout our bicycle and pedestrian trails you will find these banners.
Witch Hazel in Bloom
Along the Ghost Town Trail the yellow blooms of the Witch Hazel are found in October.
The non-venomous Red-bellied Snake is found in only a few areas of Indiana County. They are usually identified by their red bellies, although they sometimes have a black belly.
Eliza Furnace Marker
Looking at You
A white-tail deer stops took a look back while we were walking one of the trails at Blue Spruce Park.
Traveling to our four covered bridges will take you scenic country roads. This scene was taken near the Harmon Covered Bridge.
Fall Starts Here
In Indiana County the Fall season starts in the far northeast corner of the county at Hemlock Lake. Over the next couple of weeks our parks in more southern areas will display their colors also.
The Pond at Pine Lodge
A Touch of Fall
On October 3, 2019 the trees at Blue Spruce Park begin to show a touch of color.
Heading to the Falls
This path at Buttermilk Falls leads to the observation deck and the steps and platforms that take you to the lower falls area.
Buttermilk Falls Pathway
Happy Birthday Mr. Wehrle
October 1st is the birthday of R.W. Wehrle, Indiana County's foremost naturalist and namesake of the Wehrle's Salamander. Mr. Wehrle was born in Indiana, PA on October 1, 1852.
First Sunset of Fall 2019
A brief rainstorm and a late day sunset at Blue Spruce Park on the first day of Fall 2019.
Path to the Pavilion #1
Walk the Labyrinth at Blue Spruce Park
Although not a summer or year-round resident the Double-Crested Cormorant migrates through our area and from time to time and stops at Blue Spruce Lake.
The Great Map at Vintondale
Based on a 1923 Sanborn Co. Insurance Company map the great map is a tile replica of the town as it existed in its heyday.
Extension to Revloc on the GTT
Cambria County added a two mile extension of the Ghost Town Trail which now connects the town of Revloc to the trail.
Pre-shed Garter Snake
Prior to shedding their skin the eyes of snakes will often turn milky or blue. The color is caused by fluid that accumulates between the old and new skin. In this stage the snakes are nearly blind.
Evening at Harmon Covered Bridge
Two Northern Dusky Salamanders share a nesting area.
Tending the Nest
A Northern Dusky Salamander tends her nest of eggs.
Taking a Break at Eliza Station
Fishing with the Grandkids
Buck in Velvert
Tiger Lillies at Blue Spruce Park