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 4,072 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 hike and explore the park and observe the diversity of plants and wildlife. Hemlock Trail passes through a beautiful stand of old growth hemlocks.

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Hiking   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Education   -  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 and playground equipment. Picnic Area No. 3 is by the beach and has playground equipment, horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court. Picnic Area No. 4 is at the upper end of the lake by the boat mooring and launching area.

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. There are two picnic pavilions in Picnic Area No. 1 and three picnic pavilions in Picnic Area No. 3.

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Swimming: A 1,200-foot sandy 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 in the designated buoy areas. Maximum depth is five feet. The beach has an ADA accessible ramp to the lake 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 paddleboats, canoes and kayaks.

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. A fishing pier for people with disabilities is near the bridge over Laurel Hill Creek. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. A fishing license, not available at the park office, is required for people ages 16 and older.

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: About 2,100 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.


Hiking: 12 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, therefore, not color blazed. Where deemed necessary, blazes are yellow.

Pumphouse Trail: 1.6-mile, easy hiking
A slow, gradual incline leads from the Pumphouse Trail Parking Lot along a wide path to the Jones Mill Run Dam (pictured on the front of this brochure). Benches and large rocks provide a resting place where visitors can enjoy this scenic, historic site built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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

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

Waterline Trail: 0.6-mile, moderate 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.

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

Ridge Trail: 1.5 miles, moderate 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.

Bobcat Trail: 1 mile, 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 Road.

Lake Trail: 1.75 miles, 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.

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
There are 264 campsites, 149 have electric hook-ups. The campground has flush toilets, hot showers, sanitary dumping stations and drinking water. Pets are permitted in designated sites. Please follow all pet camping rules. Pets are permitted on designated sites.

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 opens the Friday before the opening of trout season in 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 single bunks and double/single bunks, and have wooden floors, windows, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric 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 has much rustic charm. The large fireplace, cathedral ceiling, and large, private deck overlooking the park and the Laurel Mountains make the lodge cozy and spectacular.

The lodge is especially equipped for the winter recreation season, including ski and snowboard racks, and glove and boot dyers. The two-story lodge has five bedrooms, which sleep 14 guests in five double beds (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. The hot water heating system keeps renters warm and cozy.

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Organized Group Tenting: Qualified, organized adult and youth groups may use the 120-person capacity area. This area is open year-round and has limited facilities with 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. Groups must submit a roster. 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 October 1. 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 12 miles of hiking trails are ideal for showshoeing.


Sledding: A sledding hill is in the field loop area of the campground.


Snowmobiling: The ten-mile trail system in the park connects with an over 70-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 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 and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation and understanding of the park’s natural and cultural resources.

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

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

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Access for People with Disabilities


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