What to do in Laurel Ridge State Park

Laurel Ridge State Park is attractive throughout the year. It stretches along the Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Yougiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. Most people come to this park to hike. The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a major 70 mile hiking and backpacking trail. The trail traverses state parks, state forests, state game lands, other public lands and private lands.

Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are available on approximately 35 miles of trail.

Almost all of Laurel Ridge State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs from the fall archery season until March 31 of the following year. Common game species are deer, turkey and ruffed grouse.

Laurel Ridge State Park is attractive throughout the year. It stretches along the Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Yougiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. This large park spans five counties. Major seasonal attractions are spring leaves which start in late April, peak in mid-May and are over by June. Mountain laurel bloom in June and rhododendron bloom in late June and early July. Fall colors normally peak in mid-October.

Recreation
Most people come to this picturesque park to hike. The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a major 70 mile hiking and backpacking trail. The trail traverses state parks, state forests, state game lands, other public lands and private lands.

Cross-country skiing is available on approximately 35 miles of trail. Please check with the park office to see which sections are suitable for skiing. A free map is available from the park office. Snowmobiling is also available at the park.

There is also a 20-mile cross-country ski touring concession adjacent to the Route 653 parking area. Fee required on this trail.

Almost all of Laurel Ridge State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs from the fall archery season until March 31 of the following year. Common game species are deer, turkey and grouse. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park manager for accessible hunting information.

Location
Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along the Laurel Mountain from the Picturesque Yougiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. The park stretches five counties: Cambria, Fayette,
West Moreland and Somerset Counties.

Climate
Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Laurel Ridge State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Address
1117 Jim Mountain Road
Rockwood, PA 15557

Phone: 724-455-3744

Email: laurelhill@dcnr.state.pa.us
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