Laurel Ridge State Park


The 13,625-acre Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle, to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. This large park spans Cambria, Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. The main feature of the park is the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, which provides the setting for a semi-wilderness backpacking and day hiking experience.

One of the most exciting reasons to visit the park is for its scenery. Spring wildflowers dot the forest floor in early April followed by a vibrant green forest as leaf-out begins in late April. Mountain laurel blooms in June and rhododendron blooms in late June and early July. Come to the park in mid-October and witness fall color in all its glory. Winter is spectacular when the park is covered in a deep blanket of snow and the occasional great horned owl calls through the moon-lit forest.

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Maps and Downloadables

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Recreational Guide

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail North Map (.pdf) (2,429 kb, 5/13)
Elevation Profile North (.pdf) (390 kb, 4/12)
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail South Map (.pdf) (2,325 kb, 5/13)
Elevation Profile South (.pdf) (382 kb, 4/12)

Interactive GIS Map

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Cross-country Skiing Brochure

Cross-country Ski Area Brochure (.pdf)  (6,667 kb, 3/14)