The region around Confluence has a host of outstanding ecosystems that are protected by state agencies and private groups.
Bear Run Nature Reserve
is the largest property, 5000+ acres, owned by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Over 20 miles of trails lace through the watersheds of Bear and Laurel Runs.
Ferncliff Natural Area
, located in Ohiopyle State Park, was dedicated as a National Natural Landmark in 1974 and as a PA State Park Natural Area in 1992. Easy hiking trails allow visitor access to the unique plants that are found only in the deep valleys of the Yough River.
, the highest elevation in PA at 3,213 feet, is the highlight of the State Forest Natural Area of the same name. Mt. Davis is easily accessible and there are a variety of easy trails to explore the summit of Negro Mountain.