For those of us who were born and raised in little old Somerset County, we are used to the small town atmosphere. Sometimes we don’t realize what we have here that entices people to come (or come back), but there’s something about that small town feel that brings people in. Even though we might take it for granted at times, there is a lot to see and do around here and Hickory Hollow is located in the heart of the Laurel Highlands. A perfect location to make your rounds to all of our exciting attractions, landmarks, and local entertainment.
One of the big attractions that I hear about daily at the campground is the Flight 93 Memorial in Stonycreek Township, north of Shanksville. It’s rare to find someone now who doesn’t remember the tragic events of 9/11/01.
The memorial is honoring the passengers and crew members of Flight 93. There was a temporary memorial made soon after the crash and it has now been replaced by a permanent memorial that attract tourists from all over the country. It is a must see if you are in the area. Along with this memorial, there is also a small memorial in place at Quecreek for the Quecreek Miner’s Rescue site.
Aside from the memorials, there area other attractions that draw in people from all around. There are three Frank Lloyd Wright homes within an hour of our campground (why not check them all out?!) that are absolutely incredible. Fallingwater, my personal favorite, is built partly over a waterfall (crazy right!). There is also Kentuck Knob and the Duncan house, both of which encase Wright’s breathtaking architecture. All of which are a must-see if you are in the area.
Even Hickory Hollow Campground has an attraction right across the road, which is owned by the same people! Haunted Hollow is a haunted house located right across the road from the campground, but sadly is only open on weekends during the Halloween season. It is a personal favorite of mine, not only because Halloween is my favorite holiday, but because I have worked there for the last 10 years (I know that is a super long time!) So if you are a halloween enthusiast, you must come let the actors scare the yell out of you! If you are as obsessed with everything halloween like me (and you’re at least 16 years old) you can even get a job there! We will begin recruiting at the end of July and we always welcome new comers – so make sure you watch the facebook page for any information!
This is only a small portion of what you can see and do in good ol’ Somerset County. There are always places to go and people/things to see. Some other attractions include checking out the local rivers such as the Yough and Cheat rivers, Ohiopyle, multiple wooden covered bridges, the Laurel Caverns, the Farmers’ and Threshermans’ Jubilee in September, Idlewild Soakzone, Somerset Historical Society, and so much more! Make sure you come to Hickory Hollow Campground and we can lead you in the right direction. You can also see a more in depth list of attractions on our website here.