Laurel Hill State Park
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.
Hiking - Picnicking - Swimming - Boating - Fishing - Hunting - Education - Mountain Biking - Giftshop - Snowshoeing - Sledding - Snowmobiling - Ice Fishing - Organized Group Cabin Camps - Organized Group Tenting - Hufman Lodge - Camping Cottages - Camping
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The park office is open specific hours. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
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.
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.
Beginning in 2016, smoking is prohibited on the beach and in the swimming area. For visitors who smoke and still want to use this beach, designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes or other handheld, lighted smoking devices.
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Boating: electric motors only
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.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
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 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.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
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 vehicle or enclosed trailer. 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
Hiking: 15 miles of trails
Beltz Trail: 2.75 miles, more difficult hiking
Bobcat Trail: 1 mile, most difficult hiking
Copper Kettle Trail: 1 mile, easiest hiking
Hemlock Trail: 1.2 miles, more difficult hiking
Lake Trail: 1.75 miles, most difficult hiking
Martz Trail: 1 mile, easiest hiking
Pumphouse Trail: 1.6 miles, easiest hiking
Ridge Trail: 1.5 miles, more difficult hiking
Tram Road Trail: 1.7 miles, more difficult hiking
Waterline Trail: 0.6 mile, more difficult hiking
For a Safe Hike
Camping: flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups
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
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.
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 three double beds, a set of single bunk beds, and two sets of single/double bunk beds. The lodge has three bathrooms (two full, one ¾), one and one-half kitchens, recreation room, and laundry.
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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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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 9:00 PM 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.
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.
Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of upcoming events.
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Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.