What You Can See at the Powdermill Nature Reserve

perspective shot of endless forrest with overlaying text download our free vacation guideAre you planning to visit the Laurel Highlands sometime soon? We have good news. If you’re a nature lover who’s always seeking new experiences, then the Powdermill Nature Reserve is the perfect activity for you! Visit this beautiful reserve and gain knowledge about the surrounding wildlife, plants, animals, insects, and birds. You can even take a hike with your loved ones! Rain or shine, a trip to the Powdermill Nature Reserve will entertain everyone. Read on to find out more and start planning your visit today.

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Everything You Should Know Before Visiting the Powdermill Nature Reserve


About Powdermill Nature Reserve

Located 55-miles southeast of Pittsburgh and only 15 minutes away from Oak Lodge, the Powdermill Nature Reserve is the environmental research center for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. This field station allows scientists to study the natural population of western Pennsylvania. When you visit the reserve, you can learn all about the diversity found in the Appalachian region, including plants, animals, and ecosystems. Not only is Powdermill Nature Reserve a fabulous educational experience, it’s also a great place to spend the day.


Tip: Admission to the reserve is free, and the hiking trails are open from dawn to dusk every day. The Nature Center is also open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. From April 1st through November 15th, the center is closed on Mondays, as well as Monday and Tuesday from November 16th through March 31st.


What Can You Do at the Powdermill Nature Reserve?

There is so much to do and see at Powdermill Nature Reserve! Here are some of the things we recommend.


Hike Around the Reserve

There’s nothing like a beautiful morning hike on a sunny day. Discover the trails available to visitors at Powdermill Nature Reserve and explore the beautiful woodlands and creeks! Little hikes are available for kids, and there’s also a birding area.


Visit the Museum

After your hike, visit the Nature Center and learn more about the amazing environment you just walked through. The museum includes a simulated wetlands marsh machine that recycles wastewater, a living stream aquarium, and a series of activities and events for the family!


Get Closer to Nature at Oak Lodge

Beautiful Master Suite - Powdermill Nature ReserveAfter spending a fun afternoon visiting the Powdermill Nature Reserve, and come home to a cozy room at Oak Lodge. Our stunning accommodations have exactly what you are looking for this season! We offer top-notch service in picturesque scenery; you will instantly fall in love.


Book our Master Suite! This spacious king-bed room is perfect for solo travelers or couples. Enjoy a gorgeous view of the forest and the hills from your bed, take a hot bath in your private Jacuzzi, and get the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had! Wake up the next morning to the sound of birds chirping right outside your window and meet us in the main lodge for a delicious homemade breakfast.

Book your stay today at Oak Lodge! We are looking forward to meeting you.