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Fayette County Pennsylvania Hiking Trails

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

Laurel Ridge State Park

Ohiopyle State Park

This 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail which travels 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.

Large wooden signs mark trail access points at every major highway crossing. Six 30-car parking areas provide starting points. In addition, voluntary day use registration booths are located at each of the parking areas and the trail user is encouraged to fill out information cards for vital park attendance data and for use in the event of an emergency. For overnight use of the trail see Special Regulation 15. Overnight reservations are mandatory. A fee is required for overnight camping.

There are eight overnight shelter areas along the trail. Each area contains 5 adirondack-type shelters with fireplaces, 2 non-flush toilets, a water supply and spaces for 30 tents.

Summary of Parking Lots and Trail Shelters

Facility Mile Comments
Ohiopyle Trailhead Parking Lot 0 mi. No water
Ohiopyle Shelter Area 6.3 mi. Shelter Area
Maple Summit Road 11.2 mi. No water
PA Rt. 653 Shelter Area 18.5 mi. Shelter Area
PA Rt. 653 Parking Lot 18.8 mi. Water
Grindle Ridge Shelter 24 mi. Shelter Area
PA Rt. 31 Parking Lot 30.6 mi. Water
PA Rt. 31 Shelter Area 32.5 mi. Shelter Area
PA Turnpike Shelter Area 38.2 mi. Shelter Area
U.S. Rt. 30 Parking Lot 45.8 mi. Water
U.S. Rt. 30 Shelter Area 46.5 mi. Shelter Area
PA Rt. 271 Parking Lot 56.9 mi. Water
PA Rt. 271 Shelter Area 56.9 mi. Shelter Area
PA Rt. 56 Decker Ave. Shelter Area 64.9 mi. Shelter Area
PA Rt. 56 Seward Parking Lot 70 mi. Northern end of the trail. No Water

Overnight Reservations are Mandatory

Due to heavy use, the following regulations have been established to protect the trail.

1. One responsible adult (18 years of age or older) is required to accompany each ten campers.

2. Groups of six or more may only use one shelter.

3. Fires are only permitted in camp stoves, fireplaces, or in designated locations. They must be extinguished when unattended.

4. Standing timber and shrubs shall not be cut. Damaging, defacing, destroying or removing any state-owned property, sign, structure, equipment or other material is prohibited.

5. All garbage must be placed in refuse containers provided. Refuse containers shall not be removed from designated "pick-up" stations. Burying garbage is prohibited.

6. All excavations for wet weather tent drainage must be filled into the original grade before departure.

7. All campers are required to clean and remove litter daily from:

    a. Toilets

    b. Pump platforms and surrounding areas

    c. Parking Areas

    d. Campsites

8. No horses, bicycles or motorized vehicles are permitted on the hiking trail or in shelter areas. Pets are prohibited in shelter areas.

9. Camping is permitted in shelter areas only.

10. Overnight stays are limited to one night at each shelter area.

11. Dispose of dishwater in latrines. In no instance will it be disposed of on a campsite or the adjacent area. This causes unsanitary conditions for the camper and next user of the site, and becomes a breeding place for flies and mosquitoes, and attracts ants and skunks. Do not use sinks for personal hygiene.

12. Keep off the roofs of all buildings...this prevents water leaks and deterioration of the shelters.

13. All ashes are to remain in the fireplaces. Do not rake them on the ground for in wet weather ashes are brought into the shelters on the shoes of hikers.

14. Horseplay is prohibited. It can lead to serious or fatal accidents especially when backpacking and hikers are many hours from medical attention.

15. Overnight registration/reservation information:

    a. One (1) responsible adult for each hiking party must write or phone the park office prior to starting an overnight trail hike.

    b. Reservations can be made up to thirty (30) days in advance, but will not be accepted more than 30 days in advance.

    c. Registration will be on a first come first served basis. This applies to tent sites and shelters for your entire trip.

    d. You are encouraged to call during the park office hours, however, registrations by phone can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our telephone answering recorder. Park personnel will return your call the next business day if you leave the necessary information.

    e. Park rangers may verify your reservation each night at all shelter and tent areas.

    f. You must dress appropriately for all weather conditions and extremes.


Laurel Ridge State Park is located in Cambria, Fayette, Westmoreland, and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania.

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