Laurel Hill State Park


This wood and stone cabin is Laurel Hill Lodge at Laurel Hill State Park, Pennsylvania.

Hufman Lodge

Tucked away in a secluded area of Laurel Hill State Park, Hufman Lodge is modern yet has much rustic charm.The two-story lodge has five bedrooms, which sleep 14 guests.

 

Laurel Hill State Park consists of 4,062 acres of mountainous terrain in Somerset County. The 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake is a focal point of the park. Laurel Hill is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine state park and state forest lands. A trail system invites visitors to explore the park and observe the diversity of plants and wildlife. The Jones Mill Run Dam and the Hemlock Trail Natural Area are two must-see destinations on your visit.

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Hiking   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Education   -  Mountain Biking   -  Giftshop   -  Snowshoeing   -  Sledding   -  Snowmobiling   -  Ice Fishing   -  Organized Group Cabin Camps   -  Organized Group Tenting   -  Laurel Hill Lodge   -  Camping Cottages   -  Camping


Picnicking: Three picnic areas have over 500 picnic tables. Picnic Area No. 1 has horseshoe pits, a large ball field, playground equipment and two picnic pavilions. Picnic Area No. 3 is by the beach and has playground equipment, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball court, boat rental and three picnic pavilions. Picnic Area No. 4, located at the upper end of the lake by the boat mooring and launching area, provides excellent shoreline fishing.

Five picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Swimming: A 1,200-foot sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules. Swimming is only permitted within the designated buoy areas. Maximum depth is five feet. The beach has an ADA accessible ramp to the lake, an ADA accessible beach wheelchair and an ADA accessible restroom. A food concession is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.


Boating: electric motors only
The 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake has 30 mooring sites and two boat launches. A boat rental at the beach has rowboats, paddleboats, canoes, kayaks and hydrobikes available Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake has bass, trout, catfish, sucker, bluegill, perch, crappie and sunfish. Laurel Hill Creek and Jones Mill Run are excellent trout streams. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. A fishing license, not available at the park office, is required for people ages 16 and older. A fishing pier for people with disabilities is near the bridge over Laurel Hill Creek.

Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hunting and Firearms: Over 2,200 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are rabbit, squirrel, grouse, turkey, deer, black bear, Canada goose and raccoon. Most of Laurel Hill Lake is open to goose and waterfowl hunting.

Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through 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 office for ADA accessible hunting information.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or leased campsite. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.

Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.



Mountain Biking: 15 miles of trails
Many of the trails at Laurel Hill are open to mountain biking. These include Ridge, Beltz, Martz, Pumphouse, Waterline and Copper Kettle. Bobcat, Tram Road, Lake and Hemlock Trails are open to foot traffic only.

Hiking: 15 miles of trails
The hiking trails of Laurel Hill State Park are listed according to difficulty, arranged from the easiest to the most difficult. Most trails are wide, easily followed and blazed in yellow. Routed signs are posted at intersections of various trails.

Beltz Trail: 2.75 miles, more difficult hiking
Beltz Trail follows an old road grade and provides access to many of the park’s trails as well as several on Forbes State Forest.

Bobcat Trail: 1 mile, most difficult hiking
The most remote trail, this very steep path is not recommended for the beginning hiker. To avoid most inclines, hikers should start from Beltz Trail.

Copper Kettle Trail: 1 mile, easiest hiking
This new, family-friendly bike trail meanders along the western shoreline of Laurel Hill Lake. It connects Picnic Area #4 and the beach area, provides excellent fishing access and allows you to explore the park without using your vehicle.

Hemlock Trail: 1.2 miles, more difficult hiking
Narrow at times and running along steep banks at places, this trail loops through the six-acre natural area. Hemlock Trail Natural Area is a stand of old growth eastern hemlock trees along the banks of Laurel Hill Creek.

Lake Trail: 1.75 miles, most difficult hiking
This scenic trail winds along Laurel Hill Creek and follows the eastern shore of Laurel Hill Lake. This steep, narrow, sloping path is slippery in places and is the park’s most difficult trail.

Martz Trail: 1 mile, easiest hiking
This wide trail passes through a number of forest ecosystems and provides the widest variety of tree species during fall foliage.

Pumphouse Trail: 1.6 miles, easiest hiking
A slow, gradual incline leads from the Pumphouse Trail Parking Lot along a wide path to the Jones Mill Run Dam. Benches and large rocks provide a resting place where visitors can enjoy this scenic historic site built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Ridge Trail: 1.5 miles, more difficult hiking
This wide, grassy trail is often used as a wildlife corridor. It offers the best opportunity for chance encounters with wildlife and viewing animal tracks and signs.

Tram Road Trail: 1.7 miles, more difficult hiking
This trail follows the general course of the logging railroad that traversed Laurel Hill State Park and Jones Mill Run in the early 1900s.

Waterline Trail: 0.6 mile, more difficult hiking
An uphill grade from the Pumphouse Trail Parking Lot, this trail is perfect for viewing geologic features such as the lepidodendron fossils common to the park.

For a Safe Hike

  • Wear sturdy shoes to protect your feet.
  • Carry the proper safety equipment, like a first aid kit and a poncho.
  • Stay on the trail. If you hike off of the trail, you might get lost or damage the fragile habitat.
  • Carry drinking water. DO NOT drink from streams, springs or lakes without properly treating the water first.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

Stay the Night


Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
Of the 264 campsites, 149 have electric hook-ups and some are available with full hook-up. The campground has flush toilets, warm showers, sanitary dumping stations and drinking water. Pets are permitted in designated sites. Please follow all pet camping rules.

One walled tent is available for rent. The tent sleeps six people and has a refrigerator, bunk beds with mattresses and electricity. Campers must bring bedding, camping stove, and cooking and eating utensils.

The campground is open from mid-April and closes the third Sunday in October. Site occupancy is limited to one family unit (persons living under one household) or one non-family unit limited to five persons, including one responsible individual 18 years of age or older. The maximum camping period is 14 consecutive nights.

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Free Camping for Campground Hosts: 1 host position
The campground host site amenities include 30-amp electric service and water and sewer hookup. Hosts are required to assist park personnel for 40 hours per week with a six-month minimum stay. A full season commitment is preferred. Contact the park office for additional information and availability.


Camping Cottages: Eight cottages near the campground sleep five people in either single bunks or double/single bunks, and have wooden floors, windows, screened porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric heat, lights and outlets.

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Hufman Lodge:Tucked away in a secluded area of Laurel Hill State Park, Hufman Lodge is modern yet retains rustic charm. The large fireplace, cathedral ceiling and large, private deck overlooking the park and the Laurel Highlands make the lodge cozy and spectacular.

The lodge is well equipped for the winter recreation season, including ski and snowboard racks, and glove and boot dryers. The two-story lodge has five bedrooms, which sleep 14 guests in five double beds (including pull-out couches) and six twin beds (bunk beds). The lodge has three bathrooms (two full, one ¾), one and one-half kitchens, recreation room and laundry.

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Copper Kettle Cabin:Situated minutes from Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, and Great Allegheny Passage, the Copper Kettle Cabin provides year round opportunities for recreation and relaxation. This modern cabin sleeps 8 and provides all the comforts and amenities the mountain has to offer. Three bedrooms, one bathroom, full kitchen, living room, dining room, rec room and the large great room offer plenty of space. Guests must provide their own linens.

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Organized Group Tenting: Qualified, organized adult and youth groups day use the 120-person capacity area. This area is open year-round. Limited facilities include vault toilets, drinking water, fire rings and picnic tables. Reservations are required. Youth groups must have one adult leader for each 10 youths. Trailers are prohibited. Fires can only be made in designated locations. Standing timber cannot be cut.

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Organized Group Cabin Camps: Large, cabin camps are available for nonprofit organized youth and adult groups from the first Friday in June to September 30. Facilities include flush toilets, central shower house, large dining hall and kitchen, plus small cabins for campers. Applications are only available at the park office.

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Winter Activities


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Snowshoeing: All 15 miles of hiking trails are ideal for showshoeing.


Sledding: A sledding hill is located in the field loop area of the campground. Lighted on weekends until 9 p.m. as conditions permit, a large fire ring and wood are also provided for sledders.


Snowmobiling: The ten-mile trail system in the park connects with an over 120-mile trail system in Forbes State Forest. The trail system is open daily for registered snowmobiles after the end of deer season in late December. Trail maps are available at the park office.


Ice Fishing: The 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake is open to ice fishing. Common species are bass, trout and perch. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment.


Giftshop


Visit the volunteer-supported gift shop for clothing, books, educational toys, and Laurel Hill State Park complex souvenirs. Proceeds benefit the parks’ educational and recreational programs. The outpost is in the visitor center.


Environmental Education and Interpretation


The park offers a wide variety of environmental education, interpretive and recreational programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation and understanding of the park’s natural and cultural resources as well as enjoying the recreational opportunities.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Programs are offered March to November. Contact the park office for a schedule of programs.

A visitor center is located within the beige farmhouse at the entrance to the campground.

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Access for People with Disabilities


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