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Laurel Hill State Park
Copyright: - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Laurel Hill State Park
Description - The Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) under the supervision of the National Park Service built the first recreational facilities at the park. The area was named the Laurel Hill Recreation Demonstration Area and work began in 1935. By 1938, Laurel Hill Lake was completed. By 1942, four organized group camps and two former CCC Camps were being used for family camping.

Laurel Hill is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine state park and state forest lands. Most of the recreation at Laurel Hill is centered around the beautiful lake. The area offers fishing, boat launching facilities, playfields, campgrounds and numerous hiking trails which are used during the winter months as well as the warmer months. Throughout the year, a park environmental education specialist offers campfire programs and guided walks. Approximately 2,500 acres of Laurel Hill State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are rabbit, squirrel, grouse, turkey, deer, ring-necked pheasant and raccoon.

Accessible picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. Accessible fishing is available near the dam breast.

Attractions - The first recreational facilities at the park were built by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) under the supervision of the National Park Service. The area was named the Laurel Hill Recreation Demonstration Area and work began in 1935. By 1938, Laurel Hill Lake was completed. By 1942, four organized group camps and two former CCC Camps were being used for family camping.

The Federal Government gave this outstanding recreation area to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on October 25, 1945.

Recreation - Laurel Hill is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine state park and state forest lands. Most of the recreation at Laurel Hill is centered around the beautiful lake. The area offers fishing, boat launching facilities, playfields, campgrounds and numerous hiking trails which are used during the winter months as well as the warmer months. Throughout the year, a park environmental education specialist offers campfire programs and guided walks.

Approximately 2,500 acres of Laurel Hill State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are rabbit, squirrel, grouse, turkey, deer, ring-necked pheasant and raccoon. 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.

Accessible picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. Accessible fishing is available near the dam breast.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Laurel Hill 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 Hill State Park is a one hour drive from Johnstown or Pittsburgh. From Johnstown, take US 219 south to SR 281 traveling through Somerset and then turn right (north) on SR 3029. From Pittsburg, take PA Turnpike southeast to SR 31.


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Contact Information:
Laurel Hill State Park, 1454 Laurel Hill Park Road , Somerset, PA, 15501-850, Phone: 814-445-7725
, 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.
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.

Links:
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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