The Laurel Highlands maintains a delicate balance of outdoor adventure, historical sites, and delightful events. Each of these captivating area activities provides you with a glimpse into the local culture and laid-back lifestyle of our scenic region. One of our favorite destinations to experience this combination is the Bear Run Nature Reserve. Also known as BRNR, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy manages this wondrous preserve. In fact, it’s the largest property in their collection. Grab your camera, bring your sense of adventures, and escape your daily routine exploring this place!
Located in the Bear Run Nature Reserve, you’ll discover the wonderful Fallingwater and the Youghiogheny River. If you wish to learn more about our region, request 24-hour access to our Online Vacation Guide. This travel planner is complete with our recommendations for things to do, as well as directions and pricing. You’ll also find a sample of the beautifully appointed accommodations and the deluxe amenities at Oak Lodge.
Visit the Bear Run Nature Reserve
If you’re trouble deciding how to spend your time at the Bear Run Nature Reserve, consult our Vacation Guide (link above), or review the official Bear Run hiking map. Here’s everything you need to know before delighting in an afternoon visit to this natural oasis.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy acquired this stunning property and created an official mission. This hidden sanctuary is “managed to protect, conserve and restore land and water for the diversity of the region’s native plants, animals, and their ecosystems.”
As you meander through this place, explore the network of estuaries like the Bear Run and Laurel Run, many watersheds, towering forests, and unique native species. In fact, the BRNR remains a pivotal role in creating a biodiversity conservation in the heart of the Laurel Highlands and the mid-Appalachian region.
Things to Do
There’s an abundance of additional adventures waiting around every corner. Nature lovers can enjoy the Bear Run Nature Reserve hunting and fishing, as well as delighting in scenic vistas on the Bear Run Park hiking trail. In fact, this network is an 8.5-mile loop provides you with a gateway to your next outdoor experience. Or, you can simply stroll at your own pace with no clear destination in mind. Whatever way you decide to spend your time, you’ll feel reconnected with nature, your significant other, and yourself.
The Bear Run Nature Preserve of Pennsylvania is located near the Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater. This beloved attraction sits on the outskirts of this nature preserve and is truly a sight to behold. Since its unveiling in a 1938 TIME magazine issue, travelers from across the globe have ventured to this historic site. Decorated in mid-century modern style and maintaining timeless beauty, this iconic home is a “must-see” attraction in the Laurel Highlands. If you wish to tour, we offer a package to combine with your room reservation. Our Fallingwater Package includes two tickets to this internationally acclaimed museum as well as a gift certificate to Bittersweet Café!
After your experience at the Bear Run Nature Reserve in nearby Mill Run, head back to your charming accommodation at Oak Lodge. Our rustic bed and breakfast provides you with the perfect place for relaxation, rejuvenation, and restoration. We invite you to browse our gorgeous selection of relaxing retreats and choose the ideal one for your getaway. Once you book, you’ll feel relaxed from the moment you click “Book Now,” and when you arrive on property, you’ll immediately feel your daily stress float away. We can’t wait to host you at Oak Lodge this year!