Laurel Hill State Park

I was FINALLY able to get away from the city for a day and deep into Somerset County. I can’t believe it really took all these months to get there–as there was always a roadblock in some form or another. Like everyone, we’ve been trying to stay in and limiting our time away from home, and with schedules always changing, it was hard to find the time to get up to the cabin. I was finally able to with my sister, where we enjoyed a wonderful fall October afternoon hiking on the trails of Laurel Hill State Park.

These ferns were gorgeous. They covered the ground everywhere you looked.
How can you not love old walls?

We found this little private, family cemetery hidden in the woods. Markers dated back to the 1850s. It was so stunning to see this among the tall trees and rustling leaves. I wonder how many more little family plots have just been lost to time?

The boulders covered in lichen are some of my favorites to capture. The colors and the patterns are never the same. Plus it always seems that you can find a face (or 2!) in the mix of stone and plant.
I definitely see 2 faces here.

I wish I could have spent more time exploring this trail, but I’ll be back for sure. There are all kinds of hiking and biking areas in the Laurel Mountains, and I’m hoping next year to do a little more adventuring.

2 thoughts on “Laurel Hill State Park

  1. I love finding hidden cemeteries on hiking trails! There’s a very similar little cemetery on a trail near to where my parents live in Ohio, and it’s one of my favourite places to go walking when I come back for a visit. The one you found looks pretty magical also, and I love ferns too!

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    1. I know, right? It’s like they’re just there, peacefully waiting for you to find them. It’s always so still too, in the midst of a forest, you can’t help but get lost in your thoughts 🙂

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