Welcome To Our Town!
Your friendly trail town along the Great Allegheny Passage ... in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Visitor Information

Rockwood offers a wide range of visitor amenities, including lodging, dining,
shopping & entertainment
.
Lodging/Camping

ROCKWOOD

Gingerbread House B&B: 814-926-2542
156 Rockdale Rd.

Husky Haven Guesthouse & Campground
440 Water St. • 814-926-2024

Rockwood Trail House B&B: 888-916-2453
131 Rockdale Rd.

The Hostel on Main: 814-926-4546
506 Main St.

ROCKWOOD AREA
Log Haven B&B: 814-352-8971
1322 Trent Rd.

Hickory Hollow Campground: 814-926-4636
176 Big Hickord Rd.
Dining/Takeout

ROCKWOOD

American Legion Post 279: 814-926-2626

Rockwood Mill Shoppes: 814-926-4546

Mill Shoppes Pizza: 814-926-3663

Hometown Pizza: 814-926-4922

Rock City Express: 814-926-2117

Tin's Tavern: 814-926-3380

ROCKWOOD AREA
Dough Girls Pizza: 814-926-1010
(New Centerville)

Zambo's Country Cottage Restaurant
814-926-4800 (New Centerville)

Bank/ATMs

First National Bank of PA (ATM): 814-926-4641

S&S Quick Stop (ATM): 814-926-2465

Rockwood Mill Shoppes (ATM): 814-926-4546

Rock City Express: 814-926-2117

Shopping
ROCKWOOD
Tracks Country Dollar: 814-926-4311

Rockwood Mill Shoppes: 814-926-4546

Mill Shoppe Antiques: 814-926-4546

S&S Quick Stop: 814-926-2465

S&S Sports Shop: 814-926-2465

Stoner Furniture: 814-926-2422

Bike Shop at Rockwood Trail House B&B:
888-916-2453

Clapper's Building Materials: 814-926-4644

Bargain Clothing Outlet: 814-926-4132

Rockwood TV-Appliance Hardware: 814-926-2735

ROCKWOOD AREA
Hoover Outfitting: 814-926-3051

Smith's Maple Camp: 814-926-3755

Entertainment
Bike Shop
Churches

ROCKWOOD

Christ United Methodist Church
627 Broadway

Rockwood Church of the Brethren
600 Main St.

St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Broadway

Trinity Reformed Church of Rockwood
Main & Market Streets

ROCKWOOD AREA
Casselman United Methodist Church
205 St. John St.

Kingwood Church of God
119 Humbert Rd., Markelton

Messiah Lutheran Church
134 Bridge St. (New Centerville)

Old Bethel Church
227 Old Bethel Rd.

Rockwood Alliance Church
438 Harvest Dr.
Gas Stations
S&S Quick Stop: 814-926-2465
1010 E. Main St.

Rock City Express: 814-926-2117
7 Bridge St.
Directions

Rockwood is easily reached by visitors coming from major metropolitan areas. It is just 10 miles from Exit 110 of the PA Turnpike (Somerset). Route 219 also provides convenient access from the north (through Somerset) and south (including I-68 in Maryland). Specific Directions from nearby towns and attractions.


Rockwood, situated along the Casselman River and the Great Allegheny Passage, is a small, friendly community (pop. about 900 in 2010) in Western Pennsylvania.
Things To Do

You are never very far
from something interesting to do
when you are in Rockwood.


2014 Calendar

Rockwood Mill Shoppes & Opera House
814-926-4546


May 10, 12-5 p.m. Car Cruise.

May 10, 6 p.m. Family-Oriented Comedic Ventriloquist Evan DeWitt

May 21, Noon. "Tribute to the Ladies of the 50s & 60s" featuring Cathi Rhodes.

June 14, 6 p.m. - "Las Vegas Then and Now' featuring Lee Alverson.

June 18, Noon. Ricky Howsare, Bedford PA's Little Local Vegas Entertainer.

July 23, Noon. The Hobbs Sisters, Twin Sister Country Duo.

August 2, 6 p.m. "Elvis' One Night With You" featuring Walt Sanders.

September 13, 6 p.m. "A Tribute to the Good Ole USA" featuring Danny Connor and Pamela Hottle

September 24, Noon. Jerry Carnicella and the White Shadow Band.

October 15, Noon. The Band Cruzin.

October 25, 6 p.m. - Murder Mystery Theater featuring the Rockwood Players

November 19, Noon. Lee Alverson Christmas Show.

November 29, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Santa Claus Arrives

November 29, 6 p.m. - Christmas Comedy Play featuring the Rockwood Players

Rockwood Rotary
Contact: Patrick Thomas, 814-445-2777

June 28, 8:30 a.m. Freedom 5K & Half Marathon at Great Allegheny Passage Trailhead.

August 30, 8:30 a.m. Dr. Bertino Memorial 5K and Half Marathon at Great Allegheny Passage Trailhead.

Biking/Hiking

The Rockwood Trailhead was the first one developed on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) in the early 1990s, and it offers ample parking, a visitor's center, sanitary facilities, and convenient access to the businesses just across the river in downtown Rockwood. (A cellphone booster at the Visitor's Center provides cellular access within a 25-foot radius of the building.) Located adjacent to the Trailhead are a well-stocked bike shop and several bed & breakfasts.

A short ride south on the trail brings you to Husky Haven Campground, and a few miles beyond you'll find Wymp's Gap Fossil Quarry where you can dig for fossils. Pedal several more miles and you'll cross the scenic Salisbury Viaduct, a 1901-foot long, 101-foot high restored railroad trestle that carries the trail over the Casselman River, Route 219, and a main line of the CSX Railroad.

The Rockwood Trailhead offers close and convenient access to the trail when arriving in Western Pennsylvania via the Pennsylvania Turnpike (directions).

Hikers also can enjoy the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT) which traverses the mountain ridges for 70 miles between Ohiopyle and Johnstown.

The GAP and LHHT are both part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Additional info: www.potomacheritage.net

Skiing - Downhill & Cross-Country

Downhill

Seven Springs Mountain Resort (11 mi.) and Hidden Valley Resort (12 mi.) offer dozens of slopes and trails ranging from beginner to expert.

Cross-Country
Cross-country skiers are discovering one of the better-kept secrets of their sport: The Great Allegheny Passage. This nearly-level hiking/biking trail becomes a favorite route for cross-country skiers when Mother Nature turns the trail into a scenic winter wonderland. Parking is available at the Rockwood Trailhead.

Laurel Ridge State Park, part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, has the best cross-country ski area in PA with more than 20 miles of groomed trails.

Camping

ROCKWOOD
Husky Haven Campground: 814-926-2024
447 Water St. (mailing address)

ROCKWOOD AREA
Hickory Hollow Campground: 814-926-4636
176 Big Hickory Road (Near New Centerville)

Also See: Laurel Hill State Park

History & Genealogy

Rockwood Area Historical & Genealogical Society, 531 Main St. • 814-926-1500

Click Here for a brief history of Rockwood
Train Watching

For avid railroad buffs, nothing makes their heart beat faster than the sound of an approaching train. Rockwood offers numerous opportunities each day to enjoy the sights and sounds of Amtrak and CSX trains passing through town on the double tracks that originally earned Rockwood the title of "Railroad Center of Somerset County" in the heyday of steam engines. Park at the Rockwood Mill Shoppes and Opera House for a close-up view of all the action.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is permitted on the grassy areas of the Great Allegheny Passage in selected areas, including the six-mile stretch between the Rockwood Trailhead and Garrett. Parking is available at the Rockwood Trailhead.

Antiquing

Mill Shoppe Antiques: 814-926-4546
450 Main St.
Canoeing/Kayaking

The Casselman River, which passes through Rockwood, offers scenic paddling for those who enjoy canoeing and kayaking. At high-water stage, paddlers will find Class II & III whitewater with powerful chutes and pockets of eddies.

Boat-launching ramps are available at:

Jeffrey's Landing in Meyersdale
Brant's Landing in Garrett
Roberts Landing in Rockwood
Markleton Landing in Markleton

Golfing

ROCKWOOD AREA
MIddle Creek Golf Course: 814-926-2067
227 Golfers Lane

King's Mountain Golf Course: 814-926-2021
307 King's Mountain Rd.

Also See: Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley Resort

Fishing

The Casselman River, which passes through Rockwood, supports a growing population of small-mouth bass, trout, and other species. Nearby are dozens of miles of trout streams and dozens of lakes.

For more detailed information about fishing in Somerset County, visit the PA Fish Commission's website by clicking here and then choose Somerset County on its map.

Hunting

There are six State Game Lands in Somerset County (#93, 50, 111, 271, 231 & 82) offering thousands of acres for hunting. In addition, many private land owners open their properties to hunters, too, but be sure to ask permission. For more detailed information about hunting in Somerset County, click here to access the PA Game Commission's website.
Nearby Attractions

Rain, shine or snow, you can always find some place special when visiting our area
of the Laurel Highlands.

Fallingwater was designed by American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the Edgar J. Kaufman family of Pittsburgh and was completed in the late 1930s. It is an internationally known landmark that has attracted millions of visitors since it was opened to the public in1963.


Phase I of the Flight 93 National Memorial was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011. Work on Phases II and III continues as does fund-raising to complete the project.

The Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation is dedicated to preserving the miraculous rescue of 9 miners trapped under ground for 77 hours in the summer of 2002.

The Somerset Historical Center is Western Pennsylvania's rural heritage museum featuring excellent interactive exhibits, a covered bridge, authentic historic buildings, and more.

Seven Springs is Pennsylvania's largest four-season family resort. On-site activities include golfing, skiing, snow boarding, tubing, zip-lining, horse-back riding, sporting clays, mountain biking, and much more.


Guests at Hidden Valley can choose from a wide range of activities, including golfing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, mountain biking, paddle boats, fishing, and much more.


Mount Davis, located in the southern part of Somerset County, is 3,213 feet above sea level and the highest point in Pennsylvania.

Laurel Hill State Park consists of 4,000+ acres of mountainous land and features a 63-acre lake,12 miles of hiking trails, campground, boat rentals, and educational programming. There are several excellent trout streams within the park as well as a lake with trout, bass, catfish, bluegill, perch, crappie and other species.

Covered Bridges

There are 10 covered bridges in our county, dating from the mid-1800s. A few still carry traffic while others are restricted to pedestrians. Here is a list of the bridges along with GPS coordinates:

Walters Mill: 40° 04' 15" N • 79° 04' 58" W
Shaffer: 40° 16' 52" N • 78° 57' 50" W
Trostletown: 40° 05' 44" N • 78°56' 43" W
Glessner: 40° 01' 34" N • 78° 55' 14" W
New Baltimore: 39° 59' 13" N • 78° 46' 19" W
Packsaddle: 39° 52' 03" N • 78° 49' 03" W
Burkholder: 39° 52' 55" N • 79° 02' 04" W
Barronvale: 39° 57' 09" N • 79° 16' 13" W
King's: 39° 56' 15" N • 79° 16' 16" W
Lower Humbert: 39° 40' 58" • 79° 19' 34" W

A map and guide to the bridges is available upon request from the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce.

Farmer's Markets

Somerset County Farmers' Market
(Somerset)
Wednesdays & Saturdays (seasonal)

Springs Farmers' Market (Springs)
Saturdays (seasonal)

Windmills

There currently are 7 operational windfarms in Somerset County with 124 turbines and a total capacity of 203.6 MW. An eighth windfarm is in the planning stages and would add 68 more turbines with 140 MW capacity.

One windfarm is just a few miles from Rockwood on Rockdale Road.

Festivals

January

19th Annual Fire & Ice Festival - Somerset
Jan 17-19

March
67th Annual Maple Festival - Meyersdale
March 29-30 and April 2-6

May
Antiques at Georgian Place - Somerset
May 17-18

June
National Road Chainsaw Carving Contest - Addison
June 12-13

Windber Miners' Memorial Day Weekend - Windber
June 13-15

Old Home Day - Confluence
June 21

July
Confluence/Addison Fireman's Day - Confluence
July 20

Somerfest - Somerset
July 18-20

Rib & Wing Festival - Seven Springs
July 25-27

August
44rd Annual Antique Show - Somerset
August 9

Laurel Highlands Garlic Festival - Faranda Farms
August 16-17

Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival - Laurel Hill State Park
Aug. 16 & 17

114th Somerset County Fair - Meyersdale
August 16-23

Wine & Food Festival - Seven Springs
August 23-24

September
Farmers' & Threshermen's Jubilee - New Centerville
September 3-7

44th Annual Mountain Craft Days - Somerset
September 5-7

Berlin Brothersvalley Community Fair - Berlin
September 7 and 10-13

Faranda Farm Annual Harvest Festival - Faranda Farms
September 20 to October 31

October
30th Annual Autumnfest - Seven Springs
October 4-5,11-12,18-19 and 25-26

57th Springs Folk Festival - Springs
October 3-4

Pumpkinfest - Confluence
October 3-5

November
Light Up Weekend - Seven Springs
November 28-30

About Our Town ...

... family roots go back for generations ... folks know their neighbors ... and visitors are made to feel welcome.
Rockwood Area Merchants Assn. (RAMA)

The Rockwood Area Merchants Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to beautifying, preserving, and promoting the economic revitalization of the Rockwood area. Its goal is to increase tourism through beautification and to stimulate economic development.

President - Julie Cramer, Tracks Country Dollar • 814-926-4311

Vice President - Marianne Shurtz, Gingerbread House B&B • 814-926-2542

Secretary - Ron Bruner, Log Haven B&B • 814-352-8971

Treasurer - Lorie Skelton, Rockwood Fitness Center • 814-926-4300

Monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at the Rockwood Mill Shoppes & Opera House at 4:45 p.m. If you would like to join the association and/or receive e-mail reminders of meetings, please click here.


The "Rockwood Area" covers the jurisdictions that comprise the Rockwood Area School District (the boroughs of Rockwood, Casselman, New Centerville, and Seven Springs as well as the townships of Black, Middlecreek, Milford, and Upper Turkeyfoot.

Contact Us

Rockwood Area Merchants Association
P.O. Box 24
Rockwood, PA 15557

E-mail us.
Schools

Rockwood Area K-12 School Complex
Somerset Ave.
High School: 814-926-4631
Elementary School: 814-926-4677
www.rockwoodschools.org


Mayor
John Hess

Borough Council
Don Warrick, President
Barry Atchison, Vice President
B. Jean Atchison
Elizabeth Conn
Amy Jo Stout
David Weimer

Borough Office
669 Somerset Ave. Phone: 814-926-2833 Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fire Department

Rockwood Volunteer Fire Department

630 Main Street
Emergencies: 911
Fire Hall: 814-926-4414

Ladies Auxiliary
Contact: Heather Weimer, 814-926-2771

Service Groups

Rockwood American Legion Post 279
Contact: Mark Phillipi, Commander, 814-926-4649

Rockwood American Legion Auxiliary
Contact: Catherine Blough, 814o-926-3734

Rockwood Area Merchants Association
Contact: Julie Cramer, president, 814-926-3019

Rockwood Boy Scouts - Troops 137 & 538
Contact: Scott Ash, 814-926-2625

Rockwood Girl Scouts - Troops 309, 310, 306 & 335
Contact: Talus Rock Council of Girl Scouts, 814-536-5371

Rockwood Rotary
Contact: Larry Pyle, 814-444-1339

Senior Citizens Group of Rockwood
Contact: Katherine Livingood, president, 814-352-7655

History

Rockwood's early history dates to the late 1700s when the land where it sits was first claimed by Moses Rambo. However, it wasn't until 1857 that Phillip Wolfersburger had a formal town plan created. The community celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2007. To learn more, click here.

Trail Town Program

Rockwood is pleased to be a partner in the Trail Town Program, an economic development initiative along the Great Allegheny Passage.




Rockwood is located in Somerset County in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Exit 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset (just 10 miles from Rockwood) provides easy access for travelers.

Acknowledgements

Funding for development of this website was provided through the Somerset County Tourism Grant Program.



The Great Allegheny Passage logo is used with the permission of the Allegheny Trail Alliance.

Covered Bridge GPS information courtesy of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce.

Website Design: RBruner
© 2012 Rockwood Area Merchants Association • Member: Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau