Hiking in the West


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West

Hillman State Park

2 miles of trails

The trails wander through the forests of the park.

Jennings Environmental Education Center

5 miles of trails              park map

Jennings offers many hiking opportunities with over five miles of trails that traverse varying terrain and diverse habitats. Visitors may walk through over 300 acres of forest and prairie. The trail system is designed as a series of loops, with trail signs at every intersection making it possible to choose a variety of hiking experiences. Trails are designed for foot traffic only. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are prohibited. Pets are permitted but must remain on a leash at all times. Some trails are appropriate for cross-country skiing.

Explore Jennings for detailed trail descriptions.

Keystone State Park

6 miles of trails              park map

The six miles of trails are open year-round for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. All trails are rated from easy to moderate with parking available at most of the trailheads. All trails are foot traffic only, except for Lakeside Trail, which is open to bikes.

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Kooser State Park

1 mile of trails              park map

The Kincora Trail is a popular trail named in honor of an Irish priest. Many short trails are in the day use area and cross-country ski trails are also available for hiking.

Laurel Hill State Park

12 miles of trails              park map

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.

Explore Laurel Hill for detailed trail descriptions.

Laurel Ridge State Park

70 miles of trails              park map north               park map south

This major 70-mile hiking and backpacking trail from Ohiopyle to near Johnstown is the main feature of the park. The trail traverses state parks, state forests, state game lands, other public lands and private lands. The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is open year round and is blazed approximately every 100 feet with 2" and 5" yellow blazes. Side trails are marked with blue blazes. Mileage monuments are every mile.

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Laurel Summit State Park

Laurel Summit State Park is a trailhead for many miles of trails in Forbes State Forest.

Linn Run State Park

6.25 miles of trails              park map

Many of Linn Run’s hiking trails connect to many miles of trails in the Forbes State Forest.

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Maurice K. Goddard State Park

14 miles of trails              park map

Trails explore vistas of  the lake, forests and wetlands.

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McConnells Mill State Park

11 miles of trails              park map

Rugged trails traverse the gorge. Please wear appropriate clothing, including boots. For your safety and to protect the resource, Please Stay on the Trails.

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Moraine State Park

29.6 miles of trails              park map

The trails explore many habitats and are part of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

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Ohiopyle State Park

79 miles of trails              park map

The hiking trails at Ohiopyle showcase the spectacular scenery of the Laurel Highlands. There is a wide variety of hiking trails from short day hikes to challenging backpacking. Always bring a map and water and wear sturdy shoes when hiking.

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Oil Creek State Park

52 miles of trails              park map

The hiking and interpretive trails lead visitors through areas rich in historic and scenic interest. Trail maps and information are available at the park office.

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Point State Park

Visitors walk along paved promenades on the riverfront and to overlooks for dramatic views of Pittsburgh, its busy waterways, scenic hillsides and many bridges. Natural landscaping and a 100-foot tall fountain enhance the beauty of this unique park at the “Forks of the Ohio.”

Presque Isle State Park

23 miles of trails              park map

There are approximately 11 miles of hiking trails at the park, in addition to the 12-mile paved multi-purpose trail. Bicycling and in-line skating are not permitted on hiking trails. Due to fluctuating lake levels, portions of trails may be seasonally flooded and not passable without appropriate footwear.

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Pymatuning State Park

7 miles of trails              park map

There are trails near Tuttle and Jamestown campgrounds, and the abandoned railroad grade on the Spillway is a flat, wide trail.

Raccoon Creek State Park

44 miles of trails              park map

The park offers a wide variety of hiking options to meet the needs of the casual day hiker as well as the overnight backpacker looking for a challenge within a wilderness setting.

Explore Raccoon Creek for detailed trail descriptions.

Ryerson Station State Park

13 miles of trails              park map

The trails allow visitors to explore the park on foot and on cross-country skis in winter. The trails traverse many habitats, like mature forests, wet valley bottoms, evergreen plantations and fields in ecological succession. Most trails are wide, easily followed and therefore not color-blazed. Where deemed necessary, blazes are yellow. Contact the park office for detailed trail descriptions.

Yellow Creek State Park

5 miles of trails              park map

Laurel Run Trail is a 0.5-mile loop which starts at the park office. This easy hike is especially beautiful in the spring when wildflowers abound. Ridgetop Trail is a challenging 2-mile trail. It begins in the beach/day-use area and winds through a variety of habitats. Damsite Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that offers a view of the Yellow Creek Dam. To drive to this trailhead, follow PA 259 south from the park office. After taking a right turn on PA 259 toward Brush Valley, turn onto Hoffman Road, the second road on the right. This road ends at a small parking area where Damsite Trail begins.