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Linn Run State Park
Copyright: - Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Linn Run State Park
Description - The Linn Run Forest is located in the heart of the Laurel Mountains. The mountainous land ranges from 1,300 to 2,800 feet above sea level. Most of the land was bought from the Byers and Allen Lumber Company for $42,662. When this land was acquired by the Commonwealth in 1909, it was the first major public purchase of denuded forest land made in the Ohio River Basin.

Linn Run State Park is located in the northwest corner of the Forbes State Forest Region. There is basically one road that bisects the park with the south side being available for hunting and the north side offering day and overnight facilities. There is one small area on the south side of the main road which provides access to Grove Run Trail, a state forest trail, and to Grove Run, a trout stream. In this location, there are a few picnic tables, restroom and playground.

Linn Run State Park offers picnicking, including a shelter, playgrounds in 3 separate locations and family cabins. Fishing is available in all the streams that run through and around the state park and state forests lands.

Attractions - The Linn Run Forest is located in the heart of the Laurel Mountains. The mountainous land ranges from 1,300 to 2,800 feet above sea level. Most of the land was bought from the Byers and Allen Lumber Company for $42,662. When this land was acquired by the Commonwealth in 1909, it was the first major public purchase of denuded forest land made in the Ohio River Basin. Today, it is difficult to visualize what this land looked like in 1909 or to imagine that some people questioned the wisdom of purchasing so much "waste land."

In 1910, the newly formed Pennsylvania Game Commission cooperated with the former Department of Forestry to restock deer. White-tailed deer were imported from New York and Michigan for release throughout Pennsylvania.

Recreation - Linn Run State Park is located in the northwest corner of the Forbes State Forest Region. There is basically one road that bisects the park with the south side being available for hunting and the north side offering day and overnight facilities. There is one small area on the south side of the main road which provides access to Grove Run Trail, a state forest trail, and to Grove Run, a trout stream. In this location, there are a few picnic tables, restroom and playground.

Linn Run State Park offers picnicking, including a shelter, playgrounds in 3 separate locations and family cabins. Fishing is available in all the streams that run through and around the state park and state forests lands.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Linn Run 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 - To reach the park from Ligonier take U.S. Route 30 east for two miles. At the intersection of PA Route 381, turn south for two miles. Turn left on Linn Run Road at the small town of Rector.


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Filed By: Ryan Lucas (Rimersburg, PA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We hiked the Grove Run Trail. Nice and easy with a nice hill in the middle. Trail maintenence would be nice with a few downed trees. A little swampy in places. The last half of the trail needed some attention but overall was a great 4 miler.


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Contact Information:
Linn Run State Park, P.O. Box 50 , Rector, PA, 15677-0050, Phone: 724-238-6623
, linnrun@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.

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Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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