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Mingo Creek County Park

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Mingo Creek County Park - Eighty Four, Pennsylvania

Photos by Nick Havrilla

     Mingo Creek meanders through Washington County's Mingo Creek County Park just south of Finleyville, Pennsylvania. Lying in a densely forested section of Western Pennsylvania, the 2600 acre recreational area is covered in native maples, ash, birch, oak, walnut, buckeye and elm. These hardwoods, which thrive in the Appalachian Plateau region, create a popular area to visit during the fall season. In this view the trees have given up most of their colorful leaves, covering the ground with a thick blanket of orange. Aside from the woodland scenery, the park provides a variety of amenities, including a five mile loop trail geared toward family fun.
     The old Ebenezer Covered Bridge, a Mingo Creek landmark, graces the park with Ebenezer Church Covered Bridge - Mingo Creek County Park, Eighty Four, Pennsylvania its brightly colored span. This quaint Washington County bridge replaced an earlier covered bridge and required some modifications to fit the old bridge abutments. Unfortunately, not much is known about the history of the old Ebenezer Church Covered Bridge and best guesses place its age around 120 years.
     During the first week of the fall season (third weekend of September each year), southwestern Pennsylvania kicks off its Covered Bridge Festival. This nostalgic two day event invites bridge fans and sightseers to visit western Pennsylvania's covered bridges. The Greene and Washington county's festivities draw attention to a handful of remaining covered bridges. Statewide, there are still 197 of these historic treasures.

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