A lovely mountain ski community in southwestern Pennsylvania, Seven Springs feels a world away from nearby Pittsburgh. Here, the gentle Allegheny Mountains dominate the skyline, and the relaxed vibe attracts families from around the country. Whether your ideal getaway involves kicking back by the fireplace at your lovely Seven Springs vacation rental or landing an aerial in The Spot Superpipe, this area has a variety of indoor and outdoor attractions to fill your itinerary.
1. Ski or Snowboard Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Load your board or skis onto the Gunnar Lift, and head to the summit of the Seven Springs Mountain Resort’s North Face for a day of high-energy riding. Go easy on the beginner-friendly Lost Girl Trail, or bomb through the woods in the double black diamond Turtleneck Glades area. Jumpin’ Jakes Rental Shop offers all of the gear you need, including helmets and high-performance skis. If you want to try skinning or cross-country skiing, ask the shop workers about Uphill Travel Passes and routes.
2. Practice Shooting at Sporting Clays
Head up to Sporting Clays at Seven Springs for target practice on three stunning courses in the Laurel Highlands. During your session, a machine releases sporting clays into the air at various angles and speeds, creating a fun, challenging experience. The courses are open to shooters of all levels; if you’re a beginner, book a lesson with the professional onsite coaches, or try the 25-target Give It A Shot package to get a feel for the sport. The course allows you to bring your own equipment, and rentals are available in the onsite pro shop.
3. Ride A Zipline Through the Laurel Highlands
Soar through the treetops on the Seven Springs Mountain Resort’s two zipline courses. Ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain for the Laurel Ridgeline Zipline Tour, which takes you down 10 ziplines, two aerial bridges, and one heart-stopping rappel. If you’re short on time, try the Screaming Hawk. Fly down four ziplines, try a cargo climb, and brave the heights on the sky bridge. The ziplines are one of Seven Springs’ most popular family attractions, so be sure to book your time well in advance during the busy summer months.
4. Hit the Links at the Seven Springs Golf and Country Club
Watch the sun rise over the hills during an early morning round of golf at the Seven Springs Golf Course. Situated on a mountaintop, this par-71 course offers steep greens and rolling terrain that’s fun for golfers of all levels. Work on your swing with panoramic views of the highlands, and enjoy the stroll along long, forested fairways. Don’t worry about hauling your gear between vacation rentals; golf carts and club rentals are available in the pro shop.
5. Bike the Great Allegheny Passage
Rent a mountain bike and book trailhead transportation from Seven Springs Adventures and explore the Great Allegheny Passage, a trail system that runs between Cumberland, Maryland, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ride over tall wooden bridges, explore dense forests, and stop to watch rafters navigate the Youghiogheny River. If you’re a fast rider, head down to the Salisbury Viaduct to enjoy expansive views from the top of a former railroad bridge. The Great Allegheny Passage trail is mostly flat, so it’s great for kids and novice bikers.
6. Ride Hydrobikes on Lake Tahoe
Get a workout and a swim with a hydrobike ride on Lake Tahoe. As you pedal, the pontoon base zooms across the water for a fun, speedy adventure that’s suitable for kids and adults. Lake Tahoe Lodge rents hydrobikes in 30-minute increments, so you can go for a quick ride or an all-day session. If you’re bringing small children, rent a paddle board or paddle boat to explore the lake.
7. Take a Snowmobile Tour
Speed down snow-covered trails on a snowmobile tour of Seven Springs. After a quick driving lesson, hop on your own snowmobile and follow a guide up the mountain and through the forests of the Laurel Highlands. A second guide brings up the rear, so you can go at your own pace without getting lost. Passengers age 12 and up are allowed with drivers 18 years or older. Book your tour in advance at the Seven Springs Main Lodge.
8. Get a Massage at the Trillium Spa
After a few days of outdoor adventure, soothe your muscles with a massage at the Trillium Spa. Try a classic Swedish massage, or warm up with a hot rock treatment. The spa also offers a full menu of relaxing treatments, including the My Silky Glow full-body exfoliation and the aromatic Moor mud wrap. A steam room and rain shower complete the experience.
9. Go Whitewater Rafting on the Youghiogheny River
Experience a hair-raising trip through the rapids of the Youghiogheny River with Ohiopyle Trading Post and River Tours. The Upper Yough Tour takes you through intense Class V rapids, complete with steep descents and boulder obstacles. For a less technical ride, enjoy the speed of Class III and Class IV water on the Lower Yough Tour. Families love the Middle Yough Tour, which offers leisurely paddling and gentle rapids.
10. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater Near Mill Run
Experience one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous architectural masterpieces on a tour of Fallingwater, located about 20 miles from Seven Springs in Mill Run. The enormous house, now a museum, is built directly on top of a waterfall. Book a guided tour to explore the palatial interior; knowledgeable guides offer insight into the unique cantilevered structure and fascinating stories about the original owners, the Kaufman family. Afterward, stroll around the grounds to see the iconic view of the house and waterfall from the opposite side of the Bear Run river.
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