Laurel Summit State Park
This scenic picnic area is operated by the Bureau of State Parks. The 6-acre area offers picnic tables, a pavilion, water, and restroom. The area is 2,739 feet above sea level and several degrees cooler than surrounding towns. This area also provides trailhead parking for Spruce Flats bog and Wolf Rocks Trail. Laurel Summit is a carry in/carry out area. Please take all of your trash with you.
Picnicking: The scenic picnic area has tables, water, restrooms and a pavilion. The picnic pavilion may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. If unreserved it is free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hunting: Laurel Summit provides access to hunting in Forbes State Forest.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Horseback Riding: The park provides parking and is a trailhead for equestrian trails in Forbes State Forest.
Hiking: Laurel Summit is a trailhead for trails in Forbes State Forest, including Wolf Rocks Trail and also the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
Mountain Biking: Laurel Summit is a trailhead for mountain biking on designated roads in Forbes State Forest.
Cross-country Skiing: Laurel Summit provides access to trails in Fores State Forest.
Snowmobiling: Laurel Summit provides access to trails in Fores State Forest.
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Discover Fall - Scenic Driving Tour
Welcome to the beautiful Laurel Highlands, filled with scenic byways, picturesque overlooks, and unique, quaint communities. This area spans a four county region including Westmoreland, Fayette, Cambria and Somerset counties. Beginning in October the ridges and valleys come to life with color, with the peak near mid October. The Discover Fall tour provides two distinct driving routes through the Laurel Highlands linking state forest and state park lands, small town community events and programs with scenic drives of fall color.
Northern Loop: This approximately 125-mile loop is the quintessential “leaf peeper” road trip. The tour closely follows the ridge offering views at every turn. Highlights include a stop at the third deepest gorge in Pennsylvania, a ride on the world’s steepest vehicular incline, a walk to a bog and a pleasant drive through and past five state parks and a state forest. Allow a minimum of four hours to complete the tour. Laurel Hill, Laurel Mountain, Laurel Ridge, Laurel Summit and Linn Run state parks.
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Laurel Summit State Park
Information on nearby attractions is available from the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau. www.laurelhighlands.org
Linn Run State Park: The park has cabins, picnicking, hiking, fishing and hunting.
Laurel Ridge State Park: The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a 70-mile backpacking trail that runs from Ohiopyle, Pa., to the Conemaugh River near Johnstown.
Kooser State Park: This 250-acre wooded area has cabins, camping, group tenting, swimming and fishing.
Laurel Hill State Park: In Somerset County, Laurel Hill offers camping, hunting, organized group tenting, organized group cabin camps, boating, fishing, hiking, environmental education programs, and swimming in 65-acre Laurel Hill Lake.
Forbes State Forest: The 50,000 acres of Forbes State Forest offer hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and other outdoor recreation in a nearly wilderness setting. Contact Forbes State Forest or Linn Run State Park for a map. Mountain bikes are permitted only on designated trails.
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Laurel Summit State Park Map (.pdf) (301 kb, 3/11)
Interactive GIS Map
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Laurel Summit State Park is in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, at the intersection of Linn Run Road and Laurel Summit Road.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.16082 Long. -79.1491
Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window. Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
Laurel Summit State Park