Backpacking


Currently, there are four parks that allow backpacking and overnight hikes -- Laurel Ridge, Moraine, Oil Creek and Raccoon Creek. These parks provide backpacking trails with overnight trailside shelters or sites. You must pre-register to hike and camp overnight.


Laurel Ridge State Park, Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
Trail mileage within park: 70 miles
Total trail mileage: 70 miles
Number of overnight sites: 8
Number of shelters per site: 5
Number of tent spaces per site: 25
Amenities available: firewood, fireplaces, fire rings and pit toilets
Amenities NOT available: Check in at park office for availability of water
Pets allowed: yes
Reserve sites: 11 months in advance through reservePA

 

Ohiopyle State Park, Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
Ohiopyle is the southern entrance to the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

 

Moraine State Park, North Country National Scenic Trail
Trail mileage within (McConnells Mill, Moraine and Jennings): 25.9 miles, Trail mileage within just Moraine = 13.9 miles
Total trail mileage: 4,600 miles
Number of overnight sites: 1  (at Moraine State Park)
Number of shelters per site: 3
Number of tent spaces per site: 0
Amenities available: restroom and firering
Amenities NOT available: firewood and water
Pets allowed: Yes
Reserve sites: 11 months in advance through reservePA

 

Oil Creek State Park, Oil Creek/Gerard Hiking Trail
Trail mileage within park: 36 miles
Total trail mileage: 36 miles
Number of overnight sites: 2
Number of shelters per site: 6
Number of tent spaces per site: spaces are available
Amenities available: water (Seasonal April 1 to November 1), firewood (when available), restrooms, picnic table and fireplaces
Amenities NOT available:
Pets allowed: Yes
Reserve sites: 11 months in advance through reservePA

 

Raccoon Creek State Park
Backpacking trail loop mileage within park: 44 miles
Number of overnight sites: 2
Number of shelters per site: 5
Number of tent spaces per site: 5
Amenities available: water & pit latrines/port-a-johns available 1/4-mile from campsite, fire ring
Amenities NOT available: firewood (may be purchased at park office)
Pets allowed: Yes
Reserve sites: 11 months in advance through reservePA