Linn Run State Park
The varied topography and mixed hardwood and evergreen forest make the 612-acre Linn Run State Park a scenic place for picnicking, hiking and cabin rentals. Grove and Rock runs join to make Linn Run, an excellent trout stream, has the lovely Adams Falls. Forbes State Forest borders Linn Run State Park and offers 50,000 acres of land for outdoor recreation.
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. Overnight areas and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: The Adams Falls and Grove Run picnic areas have picnic tables, drinking water, playgrounds and restrooms. Adams Falls has a picnic pavilion that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Recycling is available in both picnic areas. Please help by disposing of your trash in proper receptacles.
Fishing: Linn Run offers trout fishing.
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: Over 400 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, bear and squirrel. The park provides access to hunting in Forbes State Forest.
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.
Hiking: 6.25 miles of trails
Mountain bikes are prohibited on hiking trails in Linn Run State Park, but are permitted on designated trails in Forbes State Forest.
Adams Falls Trail is a 1-mile loop that features a mountain waterfall tucked in among rhododendron and hemlock. This very rocky trail passes by large boulders.
Flat Rock Trail is a 0.5-mile trail that ends at a large, smooth rock in the stream Linn Run. Swimming is prohibited in this area. Please be cautious, the rocks are very slippery!
Grove Run Trail is a 4-mile loop that starts with a gentle slope behind the Grove Run Picnic Area and becomes progressively steeper. Part of this trail follows Grove Run.
Iscrupe Trail is a 0.75-mile trail that follows the original Linn Run Road and was used by early visitors to the Adams Falls Picnic Area.
Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is permitted along Linn Run Road and on designated trails in Forbes State Forest.
Cabins: Nine rustic cabins and one modern cabin are available for year-round rental. During the summer season, only weekly rentals are available. Rustic cabins have simple furnishings that include benches, tables, beds, electric heaters, fireplace inserts for heating, electric stove and refrigerator. Rustic cabins are served by outside water spigots, rustic toilets, and a modern washhouse with showers and flush toilets. The modern cabin (7) is ADA accessible. Dogs are permitted in cabins 9 and 10 for a fee.
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Snowmobiling: Snowmobiles are permitted on the road in the cabin area only. Road access to Forbes State Forest snowmobile trails is near the cabin area.
Access for People with Disabilities
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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.
Discover Birds and Blossoms - Scenic Driving Tour
The return of our feathered friends coupled with the bloom of spring flowers provides the perfect opportunity to explore the Laurel Highlands. This tour will guide you to some of our area’s best birding spots from a mountaintop bog to the deepest gorge in Pennsylvania. The tour visits Laurel Hill, Linn Run and Ohiopyle state parks.
Linn Run is in the heart of the Laurel Mountains. The mountainous land ranges from 1,300 feet to 2,800 feet above sea level. Most of the land was bought from the Byers and Allen Lumber Company for $42,662. When the Commonwealth acquired this land in 1909, it was the first major public purchase of denuded forest land in the Ohio River Basin. Today, it is difficult to visualize what this land looked like in 1909 or to imagine that some people questioned the wisdom of purchasing so much “wasteland.”
About fifteen years prior to the acquisition of the Linn Run property, this entire area was clearcut. The old growth forest was transformed into an area devoid of timber and wildlife. Treetops littered the area. Saw logs were sold for lumber. Small logs were used for props in nearby coal mines. Hemlock bark, a source of tannin, was bundled and shipped to tanneries. The railroad that hauled timber and other products to market caused many severe wildfires.
In his first report (September 1909), Forester John R. Williams wrote, “I should say that fully three-fifths of the reserve has been burned over since lumbering was done. The fires did great damage to the young growth. Some places are covered with nothing but ferns and blackberry bushes.”
Occasional scars from those early fires can still be seen after years of forest rehabilitation.
In 1910, the newly formed Pennsylvania Game Commission cooperated with the former Department of Forestry to restock deer. White-tailed deer were imported from New York and Michigan for release throughout Pennsylvania.
Interesting traces remain of the Pittsburg, Westmoreland and Somerset Railroad that serviced the area. The main line extended from Rector to Somerset. Because of heavy loads, the tracks switched back and forth across Linn Run several times. Along the Fish Run Trail in Forbes State Forest you will find traces of the old railroad bed.
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Linn Run State Park
Information on nearby attractions is available from the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau (www.laurelhighlands.org).
A great way to explore the region is along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (http://www.lhhc.org), our country’s first coast-to-coast highway, or the nearby National Road Heritage Corridor (http://nationalroadpa.org).
Recognized by Country Living Magazine as one of the “Most Charming Small Towns in America” and by the Washington Post as a “Small-Town Charmer” the lovely community of Ligonier (www.ligonier.com) is filled with over 60 specialty shops, restaurants, and overnight accommodations, many in historic buildings.
Tucked into the beautiful Laurel Highlands Mountains, only seven miles from Linn Run, Ligonier offers amenities and services as well as a strong dose of history dating back to the French and Indian War. Fort Ligonier (http://fortligonier.org) is an inside and outside museum, featuring a replica of the original Fort Ligonier, plus offering a unique collection of Washingtonian memorabilia. The fort is also often the center of Ligonier’s many festivals and events.
This six-acre Laurel Summit State Park offers picnic tables, a pavilion, drinking water, and restrooms. In 1922, Laurel Summit campground had the highest elevation of any public campground in Pennsylvania. The “Summit” remained a public camping area until the late 1940s when it was designated a state park picnic area. This scenic area is 2,739 feet above sea level and several degrees cooler than surrounding towns. Laurel Summit is a carry-in/carry-out area. Please take all of your trash with you.
Laurel Summit provides trailhead parking for Forbes State Forest’s Wolf Rocks Trail, Spruce Flats Bog, and access to many of the mountain biking and snowmobile trails in Forbes State Forest.
The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a 70-mile backpacking trail that runs from Ohiopyle, Pa., to the Conemaugh River near Johnstown.
This 250-acre Kooser State Park has cabins, camping, group tenting, swimming, hiking, and fishing.
In Somerset County, Laurel Hill State Park offers camping, hunting, organized group tenting, organized group cabin camps, boating, hiking, environmental education programs, and also fishing and swimming in 65-acre Laurel Hill Lake.
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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Linn Run State Park Cabin Map (.pdf) (93 kb, 3/15)
To reach the park from Ligonier, take US 30 east for two miles. At the intersection of PA 381, turn south for two miles. At the small town of Rector, turn left onto Linn Run Road.
GPS DD: Lat. 40.15427 Long. -79.2133
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.
Linn Run State Park