Bear Run Nature Reserve
The Portion of Bear Run Nature Reserve Surrounding Fallingwater is Closed
The section of Bear Run Nature Reserve located west of Rt. 381, including that part of the Black Loop Trail, remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. Visitors are welcome to explore the reserve east of Rt. 381 and the designated backcountry campsites remain open. Campsites must be reserved online. To stay safe and healthy, please maintain social-distancing standards, step off-trail to let others pass and continue to follow leave-no-trace principles. Learn more about the temporary closure of Fallingwater due to COVID-19.
Fallingwater is located within the Bear Run Nature Reserve, a 5,080-acre natural area featuring a mature hemlock forest, cold water streams and hundreds of common and rare native species.
Owned, protected and stewarded by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Bear Run Nature Reserve is located in Fayette and Somerset counties and offers year-round outdoor recreation opportunities to the public.
Visitors can explore the reserve’s 20 miles of hiking trails or use its campsites. The reserve hosts more than 500 plant and 53 bird species, and provides habitat for a variety of forest dwelling and aquatic wildlife. Nature lovers can also watch wildlife, fish and hunt on the reserve.
Bear Run Nature Reserve is integral to biodiversity conservation in the Laurel Highlands and the mid-Appalachian region. The Conservancy manages this natural area to protect, conserve and restore land and water for the diversity of the region’s native plants, animals and their ecosystems. The reserve protects the watershed of Bear Run, which through the Conservancy’s efforts, has become an exceptional value stream, with the highest water quality designation available in Pennsylvania. A number of historic sites are located in the reserve, and indicate past land uses including farming, mining and logging.