When you visit our town, you will find a friendly community steeped in history and nestled in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania. Once a thriving rail town in the heyday of steam locomotives, Rockwood is now prospering as a Trail Town along the Great Allegheny Passage – part of the 335-mile hiking/biking trail connecting Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.
We are located at Mile 43.5 along the Trail and the Trailhead features ample parking as well as the Sembower Visitor Center. Stop by mid-day during the cycling season and there’s a good chance you’ll meet 99-year-old Maynard Sembower, Rockwood’s Trail Ambassador, whose friendly greetings and helpful nature are remembered by all who pass by. Next to the Visitor Center is Lynn Sanner’s well-stocked bike shop. And a short distance up the trail is Husky Haven Campground operated by Jean and Barry Atchison.
In addition to being a great access point for the bike trail, Rockwood offers delightful bed & breakfasts ready to cater to your needs, specialty shops at Rockwood Mill Shoppes and Opera House, fine antiques at the Mill Shoppes Antiques next door, and many other attractions within a short drive.
The Mill Shoppes/Opera House is located in a turn-of-the-century building that has been lovingly restored by Judy Pletcher and her family, turning a former feed and grain store into a commercial complex housing a coffee shop, bakery, pizza shop, fitness center, and numerous specialty shops. Be sure to check out the delightful G-gauge train with a vintage engine and eight cars circling an 80-foot track suspended from the coffee shop’s ceiling. The restored Opera House, originally opened in the early 1900s, draws visitors from near and far for dinner theater productions and musical events.
Just down Main Street from the Mill Shoppes/Opera House is the Rockwood Area Historical Society’s museum featuring an interesting display of memorabilia highlighting the town’s history. For those who enjoy water sports, the Casselman River offers canoeing and kayaking, as well as good fishing. And, yes, for railroad buffs there are still trains passing through many times each day.
Ours is a town where family roots go back for generations … where folks know their neighbors … and where visitors are made to feel welcome. Come visit us and enjoy some hometown hospitality!