Laurel Fields

Mountain Laurel:  Pennsylvania’s State Flower

Mountain Laurel is Pennsylvania’s state flower and perhaps the most beautiful of native American shrubs.  These large rhododendron-like leaves remain dark green throughout the year and in late May to mid June they can be seen blossoming throughout Pennsylvania’s forestlands.  But your best bet is to visit the beautiful Laurel Fields in Clear Creek State Forest, just north of Brookville in Jefferson County.

FIELD OF DREAMS

The Laurel Fields became a popular attraction when a regional natural gas company purchased the property from farmers in 1929.  The company allowed the Flower POWER fields to revert to a dense concentration of mountain laurel.  The fields began to have such local significance that the company opened the fields to the public in 1935 and acquired by the state’s Bureau of Forestry in 2006.  The Laurel Fields welcome your visit Memorial Day through Labor Day.  However, June is the best time to see the flowers in bloom.

Festivals and Races

The first laurel festival was held at the site in 1936.  The festival became an annual community event, featuring entertainment as well as the crowning of the laurel queen.  The Brookville Laurel Festival has grown and now takes place on Main Street in Brookville.  They continue the tradition with the pageant and have added a week full of events to appeal to everyone’s interest with themed days including arts, heritage, manufacturing, emergency services, sports, and more.  Follow their facebook page for more information.  Click here to view the 2018 Commercial.

The Fat Tire Challenge Mountain Bike Race is a popular event held on the third Saturday in June each year at the Laurel Fields.  Coursing around rocks, roots, and obstacles, the 14+ mile race is both challenging and fun.  Experts can complete an additional 10-mile loop.  Kids are welcome, too!  A half-mile loop of dirt trail racing around the Laurel Fields is a fun experience, teaching our youth bicycle safety and engage them to become bigger participants in mountain biking activities.  Follow their facebook page for more information.  New for 2018, add a multi-sport dimension to your race day or bring along a runner for a full day of trail fun at the Beartown ROCKS Trail Race.  This 5+ mile run will start and end at the Laurel Fields, taking runners through Beartown Rocks and surrounding forestlands.  Follow their facebook page for more information.

Make a day of it…

In addition to the Laurel Fields, mountain laurels and rhododendron abound throughout 16,000-acre Clear Creek State Forest, which has miles of trails to explore.  Beartown Rocks is a popular attraction with an amazing drift of house-sized boulders created by glaciers.  There is also a diverse collection of trees and a wide variety of birds and wildlife to see.  Equestrian and mountain bike riding is permitted.

Events

august

2018wed15aug(aug 15)12:00 amsat18(aug 18)11:59 pmFeaturedKnox Horse Thief Days12:00 am - 11:59 pm (18) EST Downtown Knox and surrounding area Knox PA 16232Counties:ClarionCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured

2018thu16aug(aug 16)12:00 amsun19(aug 19)11:59 pmFeaturedTionesta Indian Festival12:00 am - 11:59 pm (19) EST TionestaCounties:ForestCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Music

2018sat18aug(aug 18)8:00 amsun19(aug 19)8:00 pmFeaturedElk Expo8:00 am - 8:00 pm (19) EST Elk Country Visitor Center, 950 Winslow Hill Rd, Benezette, PACounties:ElkCategory:Children’s Events,Fairs & Festivals,Featured,Music,Nature & Wildlife,Outdoor Adventure,State Parks: Events & Programs

2018sun26aug1:00 pmsun5:00 pmFeaturedSt. Mary's Airport Drag Races1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST St. Mary's Airport, 159 Cessna Road, St. Marys, PACounties:ElkCategory:Featured,Outdoor Adventure,Sports

september

2018sat08sep10:00 amsat3:00 pmFeaturedWojack Weekend in Punxsutawney10:00 am - 3:00 pm EST Weather Discovery Center, 201 N. Findley St, Punxsutawney, PACounties:JeffersonCategory:Children’s Events,Featured,Other

2018fri14sep(sep 14)11:00 amsun16(sep 16)5:00 pmFeaturedBavarian Fall Fest11:00 am - 5:00 pm (16) EST St. Mary's Chamber, 53 S. St. Marys St, St. Mary's, PACounties:ElkCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured

2018sat15sep(sep 15)10:00 amsun16(sep 16)5:00 pmFeaturedCoolspring Power Museum Open Day10:00 am - 5:00 pm (16) EST Coolspring Power Museum, 179 Coolspring Rd., Coolspring, 179 Coolspring RdCounties:JeffersonCategory:Featured,History & Heritage

2018thu27sep(sep 27)7:00 pmsat29(sep 29)4:00 pmFeaturedMarienville Oktoberfest7:00 pm - 4:00 pm (29) EST Marienville, Main St, Marienville, PACounties:ForestCategory:Fairs & Festivals,Featured

2018sat29sep(sep 29)12:00 amsun07oct(oct 7)11:59 pmFeaturedAutumn Leaf Festival12:00 am - (october 7) 11:59 pm EST Clarion, Main St, Clarion, PACounties:ClarionCategory:Arts,Children’s Events,Crafts & Markets,Fairs & Festivals,Featured,Food & Wine

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