Forbes State Forest

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Forbes Maps

Detailed maps can help you plan your trip. Download the public use map and other trail and recreational activity maps.


Forbes State Forest was named for Gen. John Forbes, who, in 1758, ordered the construction of a road from Bedford to Fort Pitt for the British Army's attack on Fort Duquesne. The forest comprises 15 tracts totaling almost 59,000 acres in Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties. Forbes spreads across the high ridges of the Laurel Highlands, including the 3,213-ft. Mt. Davis, the highest point in PA.

2017 District Management Activity Plan
The district management activity plan is ready and available for public questions and/or feedback. View it here

High Point Observation Area to be Temporarily Closed 
The High Point Observation Area on Mount Davis will be temporarily closed for maintenance work on the observation tower. Current plans call for the closure to run from September 11, 2017 to September 30, 2017. For project updates call the district office at 724-238-1200 Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. 

Don't Move Firewood

To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.