somerset | Confluence, PA Mile 61.5

From here to Whitsett (GAP 104) along the Youghiogheny River is one of Pennsylvania’s Important Bird Areas (IBA), designated by the National Audubon Society. Named for the confluence of the Casselman and Youghiogheny Rivers and Laurel Hill Creek, this valley village is a favorite stop along the Great Allegheny Passage. George Washington reached the confluence of the rivers in 1754 as he and his soldiers were on their way to the forks of the Ohio River. At the time, the Confluence Valley was called Turkeyfoot by natives and settlers because of the three-pronged formation that the rivers form in the valley.

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