Ligonier is one of the most beautiful small towns in Pennsylvania. And that’s not just my opinion,  or that of Ligonier residents, but that of a couple of guidebooks I’ve come across. Leaving aside the fact that the town boasts a restored 18th century fort two blocks from the center of town,  this little community in the Laurel Highlands has many historic buildings surrounding “the Diamond” – Ligonier’s green town square.

After my trip to the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum, I took a walk in the downtown. I had a long drive ahead of me to my next stop at Raystown Lake, and I wanted to put my shoes on something other than the gas and brake pedals. My cell phone was low on power, and the few photos I took I didn’t care for, so the photo below is from my July 2012 trip, where I spent a couple of hours wandering the streets and had lunch at the gazebo. This walk was about a mile and rushed; I should have spent more time here.

After walking through the downtown on this hot afternoon I started my two and a half hour drive to Raystown Lake, where I would camp and meet my friend Brian, the blogger behind Hike By Faith.