Laurel Hill State Park

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Laurel Hill State Park

Pennsylvania

(814) 445-7725

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Overview

Laurel Hill State Park consists of 3,935 acres of mountainous terrain in Somerset County. The rich flora and fauna of Laurel Hill State Park make it a great place to watch wildlife year-round. The mixed deciduous forest is dominated by oak, maple, cherry and poplar trees with an understory of witch hazel, serviceberry, rhododendron and mountain laurel. A beautiful stand of old growth hemlocks lies along the Hemlock Trail. Although most of the park was timbered in the early 1900s, for unknown reasons the Hemlock Trail Natural Area remains intact. The massive eastern hemlocks of this six-acre, old growth stand are now approaching the climax stage of succession. Laurel Hill was one of five areas in Pennsylvania and targeted for restoration and reforestation, and organized group camping and day picnicking. These days, nestled in the Laurel Highlands, Laurel Hill State Park provides a beautiful backdrop for hiking and enjoying the outdoors. The 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake is a focal point of the park. Laurel Hill is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine state park and state forest lands. A trail system invites you to hike and explore the park and observe a diversity of plants and wildlife.

Map of Laurel Hill (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.083776, -79.199735

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake has 30 mooring sites and two boat launches. A boat rental at the beach has paddleboats, canoes and kayaks.

  • Camping

    There are 264 modern campsites, 149 have electric hook-ups. The campground has flush toilets, hot showers, sanitary dumping stations and drinking water. Eight cottages near the campground sleep five people in single bunks and double/single bunks, and have wooden floors, windows, porch, picnic table, fire ring and electric lights and outlets. Tucked away in a secluded area of Laurel Hill State Park, Laurel Hill Lodge is modern yet has much rustic charm. The large fireplace, cathedral ceiling, and large, private deck overlooking the park and the Laurel Mountains make the lodge cozy and spectacular. The lodge is especially equipped for the winter recreation season, including ski and snowboard racks, and glove and boot dyers. The two-story lodge has five bedrooms, which sleep 14 guests in five double beds (pull-out couches) and six twin beds (bunk beds). The lodge has three bathrooms (two full, one ¾), one and one-half kitchens, recreation room and laundry. The hot water heating system keeps renters warm and cozy.

  • Fishing

    The 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake has bass, trout, catfish, sucker, bluegill, perch, crappie and sunfish. Laurel Hill Creek and Jones Mill Run are excellent trout streams.

  • Hiking

    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.

  • Historic Sites

    The park has a rich history. Please contact the park for information on individual and group tours.

  • Hunting

    About 2,100 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are rabbit, squirrel, grouse, turkey, deer, black bear, Canada goose and raccoon. Most of Laurel Hill Lake is open to goose and waterfowl hunting.

  • Picnicking

    Three picnic areas have over 500 picnic tables. Picnic Area No. 1 has horseshoe pits, a large ball field and playground equipment. Picnic Area No. 3 is by the beach and has playground equipment, horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court. Picnic Area No. 4 is at the upper end of the lake by the boat mooring and launching area.

  • RVing

    There are 264 modern campsites, 149 have electric hook-ups. The campground has flush toilets, hot showers, sanitary dumping stations and drinking water.

  • Water Sports

    A 1,200-foot sandy beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset.

  • Winter Sports

    All 12 miles of hiking trails are ideal for showshoeing. The 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake is open to ice fishing. The ten-mile trail system in the park connects with an over 70-mile trail system in Forbes State Forest. The trail system is open daily for registered snowmobiles after the end of deer season in late December.

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Directions

Driving

From I-76 Exit 110 (Somerset), drive west on PA 31 from Somerset for eight miles, turn left onto Trent Road and follow the directional signs to Laurel Hill State Park. The park may also be reached from I-76 Exit 91 (Donegal) by turning left on PA 31 east and traveling 14 miles. Follow the directional signs to the right turn onto Trent Road then follow directional signs to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(814) 445-7725

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