Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

Length: 70.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Snowshoeing
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation
Camping Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Rural/Backcountry
States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland,
Latitude: 39.95483   Longitude: -79.36912

Laurel Ridge State Park stretches from Ohiopyle to Johnstown. There are six 30 car parking areas along the trail that serve as access points. If you have not hiked the trail call the Park Office 814-445-7725 for recommendations
on trip planning.


The trail traverses state parks, forests, game lands, private lands, with mountain laurel and rhododendrons blooming in summer. There are 8 overnight shelter areas with each having 5 Adirondack Shelters and several tenting areas. Staying overnight requires a reservation. You can make reservations online @ or call 814-445-7725. Reservations can be made 11 months in advance.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Rock, smooth
Secondary Surface: Rock, Smooth

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 1,200
Elevation High Point: 3,000
Year Designated: 1986

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Mike Mumau
Park Manager
Dept of Conservation & Natural Resources
Laurel Ridge State Park
1117 Jim Mountain Road
Rockwood , PA 15557
(724) 455-3744



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