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Forbes State Forest- Most of the Forbes State Forest lays along Laurel Ridge. This area is a favorite of people from the greater Pittsburgh area and is heavily used for all types of outdoor recreation.
Laurel Summit State Park- The 6 acre state park offers picnic tables, a pavilion, water and restroom. The area is 2,739 feet above sea level and several degrees cooler than surrounding towns. The park provides trailhead parking for Spruce Flats Bog and Wolf Rocks Trail. Laurel Summit is a carry in / carry out area. Please take all your trash with you.
Ohiopyle State Park- An exhilarating park to see and experience, more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River Gorge churns though the heart of Ohiopyle. The famous Lower Yough, below the scenic Ohiopyle Falls, provides some of the best whitewater boating in the Eastern US. You can also hike the continuous 28 mile Youghiogheny River Trail and view the new connector, a 620-foot long bridge.

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Laurel Ridge State Park
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Laurel Ridge State Park
Description - Laurel Ridge State Park is attractive throughout the year. It stretches along the Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Yougiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. Most people come to this park to hike. The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a major 70 mile hiking and backpacking trail. The trail traverses state parks, state forests, state game lands, other public lands and private lands.

Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are available on approximately 35 miles of trail.

Almost all of Laurel Ridge State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs from the fall archery season until March 31 of the following year. Common game species are deer, turkey and ruffed grouse.

Attractions - Laurel Ridge State Park is attractive throughout the year. It stretches along the Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Yougiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. This large park spans five counties. Major seasonal attractions are spring leaves which start in late April, peak in mid-May and are over by June. Mountain laurel bloom in June and rhododendron bloom in late June and early July. Fall colors normally peak in mid-October.

Recreation - Most people come to this picturesque park to hike. The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a major 70 mile hiking and backpacking trail. The trail traverses state parks, state forests, state game lands, other public lands and private lands.

Cross-country skiing is available on approximately 35 miles of trail. Please check with the park office to see which sections are suitable for skiing. A free map is available from the park office. Snowmobiling is also available at the park.

There is also a 20-mile cross-country ski touring concession adjacent to the Route 653 parking area. Fee required on this trail.

Almost all of Laurel Ridge State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs from the fall archery season until March 31 of the following year. Common game species are deer, turkey and grouse. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park manager for accessible hunting information.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Laurel Ridge State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along the Laurel Mountain from the Picturesque Yougiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. The park stretches five counties: Cambria, Fayette,
West Moreland and Somerset Counties.


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Report: We had an absolutely gorgeous backpacking trip to the Laurel Highlands! We hiked from 653 to the Grindle Ridge Shelters for a one night stay. Approximately half way through the 6 mile hike there was a breathtaking overlook of the surrounding hills. The autumn colors were wonderful. The overall hike was rolling but not hilly. We highly recommend this out and back trip for anyone wanting a one night stay in the shelters.


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Contact Information:
Laurel Ridge State Park, 1117 Jim Mountain Road , Rockwood, PA, 15557, Phone: 724-455-3744
, laurelhill@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Forbes State Forest - Most of the Forbes State Forest lays along Laurel Ridge. This area is a favorite of people from the greater Pittsburgh area and is heavily used for all types of outdoor recreation.
Laurel Highlands / Southern Alleghenies Area - This area's mountains, valleys, rivers, meadows and woodlands make it irresistible for relaxation and recreation. It also has Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.
Laurel Summit State Park - The 6 acre state park offers picnic tables, a pavilion, water and restroom. The area is 2,739 feet above sea level and several degrees cooler than surrounding towns. The park provides trailhead parking for Spruce Flats Bog and Wolf Rocks Trail. Laurel Summit is a carry in / carry out area. Please take all your trash with you.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.

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