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Westmoreland County Pennsylvania Hiking Trails

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

Laurel Ridge State Park

Length: 70.0  miles

This 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.

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


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

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