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Located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania

  • About Our Town
  • Great Allegheny Passage
  • Fallingwater & Kentuck Knob
  •  Yough River & Lake
  • 2014 Calendar

Historically, our town was named for its location at the junction of the Casselman River and Laurel Hill Creek with the Youghiogheny River. Today, the name is more than a geographic moniker, reflecting the confluence of recreational venues that attract visitors to our friendly community from far and wide.Town Square in Confluence PA

Passing through our town is the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail, part of a 335-mile continuous non-motorized corridor from near Pittsburgh to Washington, DC. For dozens of miles, it parallels the Youghiogheny River, noted for some of the best whitewater boating in the Eastern U.S. as well as spectacular scenery. And speaking of boating the 2,840-acre Youghiogheny River Lake just south of town is a power-boater's dream.

Within a short drive are two world-renown Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces, Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, that should be on everyone's 'must see' list.

If you haven't guessed it by now, our natural resources are a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. During warm months, anglers enjoy excellent fishing in well-stocked rivers and streams, hikers can choose from 79 miles of trails in nearby Ohiopyle State Park, and campers settle into mountain wildflower havens. When the snow flies, visitors flock to four area ski resorts and miles of cross-country ski trails for frosty adventures.

We are surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Pennsylvania, including the highest, Mount Davis at 3,213 feet above sea level – which is another way of saying the vistas are really beautiful.

Confluence, PA. Where mountains touch rivers ... and visitors become friends. Come and find out for yourself.

Confluence is a great place to stop when biking on the Great Allegheny Passage. We have all the services you need:

   • Seven fine restaurants
   • Two well-stocked food stores
   • Hardware
   • Pharmacy
   • Laundromat
   • Two banks
   • Full-service bike shop
   • Rental properties
   • B&Bs
   • Two campgrounds
   • Guest houses
   • Antique and arts shopping
   • Swimming
   • Rafting
   • Kayaking
   • And more!

The Great Allegheny Passage is part of the larger Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (PHNST) corridor, one of only 11 so designated in the country. PHNST is a network of trails between the Chesapeake Bay and the Ohio River. You can find itineraries for hiking, bicycling, paddling and more at
www.potomacheritage.net or visit the National Park Service trail site.

Confluence Trail Access/Parking Information

Many of our visitors take the opportunity to tour two of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces located nearby:

Fallingwater "is one of 12 landmarks that will change the way you see the world," according to Travel and Leisure Magazine. It is only about 12 miles from Confluence.

Kentuck Knob, a mid-50s Usonian home, is framed by spectacular mountain vistas and located just 7 miles from Fallingwater.

Reservations recommended: (724) 329-8501

The River

This pristine river has something for everyone. The Middle Yough starts in Confluence and flows to Ohiopyle through the Middle Yough Gorge, an unpopulated area bounded by state park and state game lands. The river has beaver, otters, and mink as well as different varieties of shore birds and ducks. Fishing is superb for both trout and bass.

The Gorge offers opportunities for family float trips with small rapids and lots of flatwater for swimming and fishing. It also is a challenging trip for novice canoeists and kayakers.

The Lake

Constructed for flood and water control by the Army Corps of Engineers, the lake is 16 miles long and up to one-half mile wide. It began operation in 1948 and has over 2,800 acres of water available for power boating, water skiing, jet skiing, swimming and fishing.

The impoundment has boat-launching ramps at the Jockey Hollow and Somerfield access areas along U.S. Route 40, as well as the Tub Run access area along Route 281, south of Confluence, and a Mill Run in Maryland.

According to those who use it, this is the best lake for boating in southwestern Pennsylvania.

                                Additional Information


Jewelry Bash at new CVFD building on Barlow Street. May 10, 12:30-7 p.m.

"History of the Independent Order of Oddfellows" presented by Josh Sechler. Turkeyfoot Valley Historical Society. May 15, 7 p.m.

Garden Tractor Pull at new CVFD building on Barlow Street. May 18, 1 p.m.

CVFD Chicken BBQ at Confluence Community Center. May 24, 11 a.m.


The Salvation Army 10th Annual River and Wind Challenge Bicycle Ride. For more information call 814-445-9232. June 7.

National Chainsaw Carving Festival at Addison Community Park. June 12-14.

"Buzz One – The B-52 Crash in Salisbury, PA" presented by John Josselyn. Turkeyfoot Valley Historical Society. June 19. 7 p.m.

Old Home Day. Town-wide yard sale and Big Fat Yard Sale at Confluence Creative Arts Center, both all day. CVFD Chicken BBQ at Community Center, 5 p.m. Free concert, 6 p.m., in Town Park Bandstand. June 21.


Wing Night at new CVFD building on Barlow Street. July 5, 5-7 p.m.

Picnic in the Park. Turkeyfoot Valley Historical Society. July 17.

CVFC/AVFD Fireman's Day. Food, kids games, beverages, games of chance, fire engine rides, balloon bounce, dunk tank, Noon to 10 p.m. Firefighter games 1 p.m. Fallen firefighter memorial service 3 p.m. Free concerts 4-10 p.m. July 19.

Garden Tractor Pull at new CVFD building on Barlow Street. July 27, 1 p.m.


Wing Night at new CVFD building on Barlow Street. August 2, 5-7 p.m.

Mount Davis Challenge Bicycle Race. August 3, 11 a.m. Bandstand in Town Park.

Riversport Slalom Race @ Ramcat Rapids. August 19-20.

"Civil War Weapons" presented by James Monticue. Turkeyfoot Valley Historical Society. August 21, 7 p.m.


Wing Night at new CVFD building on Barlow Street. September 6, 5-7 p.m.

"Steeltowns, Coal Fields, and the Unbroken Circle" presented by Tom Breiding. Turkeyfoot Valley Historical Society. September 18, 7 p.m.

Garden Tractor Pull at new CVFD building on Barlow Street. September 28, 1 p.m.


Pumpkinfest – A Fall Foliage Celebration. 4 Free concerts, car show, contests & food. October 3, 4 & 5.

Family Pumpkin Carving/Lighting. Confluence Creative Arts Center. October 4, 1-4 p.m.

"American Roads" presented by Mathew Dodd. Turkeyfoot Valley Historical Society. October 16, 7 p.m.

Wing Night at new CVFD building on Barlow Street. October 25, 5-8 p.m.


"Her Grandfather's Military History" presented by Marcy Kalaski. Turkeyfoot Valley Historical Society. November 20, 7 p.m.

Roast Beef Dinner at new CVFD building on Barlow Street. November 29. 5-7 p.m.

Light-up Night at the Town Bandstand in Town Park. Santa arrives. Free concert & refreshments. November 29, 7 p.m.

© 2013 Confluence Tourism Association, P.O. Box 144, Confluence, PA 15424 • Design by RBruner • Last Updated: March 3, 2015
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