Don’t go chasing waterfalls 🎶 That’s what I hear in my head every time I think about Freedom Falls, the waterfall we traveled to on our first full day in Pennsylvania. When we parked, we could hear the rushing water, we just had to figure out exactly where we needed to go. We headed down the path to discover the waterfall at the end of where we were walking. Pretty easy-peasy. I guess we were in luck with that one.

I don’t think I’ve ever been this close to a waterfall before. It was pretty exciting. Granted, it wasn’t the biggest / tallest waterfall I’ve seen, but it was still pretty cool. Especially since Pennsylvania is so green. The trees surrounding the waterfall made it very picturesque. Near the top of the waterfall, there were rocks where people would build little rock towers.

Note: Watch your step while you're there. You're walking downhill to get to the waterfall and to get to the river bed is a steep slant. Also watch out for ticks. My brother's girlfriend found a tick on her shirt at one point - remember to stay out of tall grassy areas.

Not far from the waterfall were the remains of a furnace. There is an opening where you can crawl through to look inside the furnace. I highly recommend looking up once you're inside because the view is pretty cool. Next to the furnace you can find the wheel run area that would have been used when the furnace was in operation. I actually walked through it without realizing what it was when we spotted the furnace.

The history: The Rockland Furnace was created by Andrew McCaslin. He discovered good iron ore upstream from Freedom Falls. William Craig had already built a saw mill, so McCaslin made arrangements with Craig to use the Mill Dam to operate the Rockland Furnace. This furnace was used between 1832 and 1854. The Rockland Furnace was only blown out for repairs during the worst of Pennsylvania's winters, otherwise it was constantly used. Charcoal, iron ore and limestone were dumped into the furnace stack, while a continuous blast of air was injected at the furnace base. Every 12 hours, 3 to 5 tons of molten iron were tapped from the furnace base.

After checking out the furnace, we made the climb back up and hopped back in the car and drove to the end of the gravel road to a pathway. The Allegheny Trail has the Rockland Tunnel that you can walk through. It’s not far from the parking lot. I would recommend bringing a flashlight with you because the deeper you are in the tunnel, the darker it gets and there are no lights in the tunnel. I personally think this tunnel would be a great Halloween attraction, but unfortunately {or fortunately if you hate haunted stuff like me} it was not a set-up spook fest. The tunnel is 2,868 feet long and used by pedestrians and bicyclists.

The history: Carving the tunnel through a mountain of rock was accomplished by men working in two shifts, 6 days a week, 10 to 12 hours a day for 17 cents an hour. Light was first let through the tunnel in 1915 and work was completed in the summer of 1916. The tunnel was originally used by the Pennsylvania Railroad.