This Sunday as I was riding the Great Allegheny Passage near Confluence I decided to finally explore a dirt path leading off of the trail. After finding a page on geocaching.com and reading Bill Metzger's book, "The Great Allegheny Passage Companion", I learned that over 100 years ago this was the location of the Bidwell Lumber Company's logging railroad and loading area.
Heading up the path the trail quickly becomes difficult to follow - not many people come up here. Lots of large spiderwebs, complete with large spiders! After only 50 ft or so, the path is completely overgrown.
I managed to step on a large smooth rock that was completely covered in green plant matter, and fell badly. My feet slid out from under me and I landed hard on my ass. I had my phone in my hand, and smashed it between the heel of my hand and the rock. I thought for sure it was shattered, but was surprised to find everything intact!
I kept on going up and the path kept getting worse. I was very close to stopping and turning around when I emerged into a clearing and found myself standing at the foot of what appears to be the ruins of an ancient castle.
If you decide to come up here, be very careful! The terrain is challenging and the spiders are many. I was sure to immediately check for ticks when I got back down to the bike trail. I think this would be a better place to visit in the early spring when there is less plant life and better lines of sight.
Bonus pic from the Ohiopyle High Bridge!