Laurel Summit State Park
This scenic picnic area is operated by the Bureau of State Parks. The 6-acre area offers picnic tables, a pavilion, water, and restroom. The area is 2,739 feet above sea level and several degrees cooler than surrounding towns. This area also provides trailhead parking for Spruce Flats bog and Wolf Rocks Trail. Laurel Summit State Park is part of the Linn Run Forest, located in the heart of the Laurel Mountains. The mountainous land ranges from 1300 to 2800 feet above sea level. Most of the land was bought from the Byers and Allen Lumber Company for $42,662 . When this land was acquired by the Commonwealth in 1909, it was the first major public purchase of denuded forest land made in the Ohio River Basin. Today, it is difficult to visualize what this land looked like in 1909 or to imagine that some people questioned the wisdom of purchasing so much "waste land". Interesting traces of the Pittsburgh, Westmoreland and Somerset Railroad that serviced the area remain to this day. The main line extended from Rector to Somerset. Because of heavy loads, the tracks switched back and forth across Linn Run several times. A short distance along the Fish Run Trail, you will find traces of the old railroad bed. A relatively small park, Laurel Summit State Park serves as a great location to access the beautiful Laurel Highlands.
The beautiful Laurel Highlands are filled with scenic byways, picturesque overlooks, and unique, quaint communities. This area spans a four county region including Westmoreland, Fayette, Cambria and Somerset counties. Beginning in October the ridges and valleys come to life with color, with the peak near mid October. The Discover Fall tour provides two distinct driving routes through the Laurel Highlands linking state forest and state park lands, small town community events and programs with scenic drives of fall color.
Northern Loop: This approximately 125-mile loop is the quintessential "leaf peeper" road trip. The tour closely follows the ridge offering views at every turn. Highlights include a stop at the third deepest gorge in Pennsylvania, a ride on the world's steepest vehicular incline, a walk to a bog and a pleasant drive through and past five state parks and a state forest. Allow a minimum of four hours to complete the tour. Laurel Hill, Laurel Mountain, Laurel Summit, Laurel Ridge and Linn Run state parks.
Southern Loop: This approximately 70- mile loop offers meandering drives through the valleys between the ridges of the highlands. Highlights include stops within three state parks and views of the deepest gorge in Pennsylvania from both on top of the ridge and from the Youghiogheny River. Allow a minimum of 2½ hours to complete the tour. Ohiopyle, Laurel Hill and Laurel Ridge state parks.
This area also provides trailhead parking for Spruce Flats bog and Wolf Rocks Trail.
There are picnic areas and picnic pavilions available.
The park offers cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Friends of Laurel State Park Complex
From Ligonier in Westmoreland County, PA, take Route 30 East for 7.4 miles. Turn Right onto Laurel Summit State Forest Road. Stay straight onto Laurel Summit Road and State Forest Road. 1.3 miles after the turn, make a slight right onto Laurel Summit Road, then a slight right onto State Forest Road. When State Forest Road becomes Laurel Summit Road, you are 3.7 miles from Laurel Summit.