Highlight of the Laurel Highlands
At the foot of 3,212-foot Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania, Rockwood grew as the railroads expanded and was a lonely whistlestop along an isolated bend in the Casselman River. Today, whimsical, bicycle-themed metal sculptures greet travelers upon arrival.
In town, you’ll find B&B’s, a hostel, a pizzeria, an antique shop, and a café, as well as a small-town shopping district. A walkable levy borders one side of its Main Street business district, and a residential neighborhood climbs the slopes on the other side. There’s a well-kept private campground, too.
The Rockwood Mill Shoppes & Opera House occupies a former grain mill, and from 1904 to 1921, showcased touring theater troupes, lecturers, and moving picture shows. Renovated in 2000 and reestablished as a beloved venue for live theater in a throwback setting, it’s part of the Rockwood Mill Shoppes retail collective, and on the National Register of Historic Places.
On Market Street, the American Legion is spearheading the construction of the Rockwood Veterans Memorial and Community Park to honor the many soldiers, sailors, and airmen who valiantly served from the area.
About 25 minutes away by car is the Flight 93 National Memorial, which honors the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States and tells their stories.
Local Events and Activities
Four miles out of town each September – via a hilly on-road ride – is the Farmers and Threshermen’s Jubilee, a country festival showcasing the early machines of agricultural life, from ponderous steam engines and early gasoline tractors to horse- and dog-powered machines.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking for the Great Allegheny Passasge is in a dedicated lot along Rockdale Road, next to a gazebo.