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Laurel Highlands Parks and Gardens


Bear Run Nature Preserve

Rt 381, 21 miles East of Uniontown, PA 724-329-8501
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's 4,200-acre reserve has more than 20 miles of marked trails. Open daily. Hiking, nature study and ski touring.

Charles F. Lewis Natural Area

Rt 403, near Johnstown, PA 814-472-1862
Memorial to the late Dr. Charles F. Lewis, a noted conservationist in western PA. Primitive trail is marked. Scenic waterfalls.

Cucumber Falls & Ferncliff Peninsula

Ohiopyle State Park, 1/2 mile southwest of Ohiopyle, PA
Waters of Cucumber Falls cascade into a waterfall bordered by a series of mountain peaks. Ferncliff Peninsula is a registered national natural landmark. A unique 100-acre nature preserve formed by a great horseshoe bend in the river.

Forbes State Forest

PO Box 519, Laughlintown, PA 15655 724-238-9533
  • Adjacent to Linn Run, Laurel Ridge, Kooser and Laurel Hill State Parks. Access points to skiing and snowmobile trails are on Laurel Ridge, 2 miles south of Rt 30 and along Rt 31.
  • Roaring Run Natural Area in Donegal Township. Hiking trails.
  • Mount Davis is southern Somerset. 8 miles of hiking trails. Map available.
  • Quebec Run, near West Virginia border. Hiking trails and 70 miles of cross-country ski trails. Map available.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Farmington, PA 15437 724-329-5512
Cross-country ski trails open for all cloass of skiers. Information and trails map available at the Visitor's Center.

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Point Marion, PA 15474 724-725-9190
8 miles of hiking trails and cross-country skiing.

Gallitzin State Forest

Windber, PA 15963 814-472-1862
18-mile J.P. Saylor Trail, 2-mile Bog & Boulder Trail, and 26-mile Lost Turkey Trail. 16 miles of snowmobile trails and cross-country ski trails.

John F. Laudadio, Sr. Environment & Nature Reserve

Twin Lakes County Park, Greenburg, PA 15601 724-836-1240
Open year-round. Educational programs for school classes, scouts and other groups. Nature walks and nature trail system which includes the award-winning Painted Turtle Handicapped Accessible Trail.

Keystone State Park

RD 2 Box 101, Derry, PA 15627 724-668-2030
Nature center and interpretive programs. 5 miles of snowmobile trails.

Kooser State Park

RD 4 Box 256, Somerset, PA 15501 814-445-8673.
Hiking and cross-country skiing.

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

RD 3 Box 246, Rockwood, PA 15557
70 miles. Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Some portions of the trail, especially the southern end, are rugged. Average top elevation of 2,700 feet. 8 overnight areas, each of which contains 5 shelters, space for 30 tents, 2 comfort stations and source of water. Prior reservations mandatory for overnight camping on a first-come, first serve basis. Yellow blazes. Map available.

Laurel Hill State Park

RD 4 Box 130, Somerset, PA 15501 814-445-7725
10 miles of snowmobile trails.

Linn Run State Park

PO Box 50, Rector, PA 15677 724-238-6623
Hiking trails in hardwood and evergreen forest.

Loyalhanna Nature Trail

PO Box 561, Ligonier, PA 15658 724-238-7560.
Located just west of Ligonier with parking lot accessible from the eastbound lane of US 30. 1-mile trail follows level terrain alongside Loyalhanna Creek.

Ohiopyle Falls

Rt 381, Ohiopyle, PA 15470 724-329-8591
Famous scenic tourist attraction in Ohiopyle State Park. Cross-country skiing, 19 miles of snowmobile trails and 41 miles of hiking trails.

PW&S Railroad Mountain Bike Trail

PO Box 561, Ligonier, PA 15658 724-238-7560
Located in Forbes State Forest, high atop Laurel Hill Mountain. 37 mile network of 4 interconnecting loops along the Pittsburgh, Westmoreland and Somerset Railroad Line. Send $2 donation for a color brochure.

Twin Lakes Park

Donohoe Rd, Greensburg, PA 15601 724-830-3950
Nature Education Center, hiking, horseback and interpretive trail.

Wolf Rocks Trails

Laurel Summit Picnic Area, South of Rt 30
Leads from Laurel Summit Picnic Area to a rock outcrop overlooking Linn Run Valley. 2 miles.

Youghiogheny River Bike Trail

PO Box 99, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Parallels the Youghiogheny River. 24 miles. Breathtaking views. Cross-country ski trail in winter. 

Recommended Books

Great Natural Areas of Western Pennsylvania

National Geographic's Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways



 

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