Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (image courtesy: Michael Righi / Flickr)

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is open year-round and is blazed approximately every 100 feet with 2-inch and 5-inch yellow blazes. Connector trails lead to and from parking and shelter areas and are marked with blue blazes. Mileage monuments are every mile. Pets are permitted.

A Hiker’s Guide to the Laurel Highlands Trail is available from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club. The guide describes the trail and aids in planning outings. Included in the guide are detailed topographic maps plus information on geology, climate, plants and wildlife. Visit the Allegheny Sierra Club website for details.

Large wooden signs mark trail access points at every major highway crossing. Six 30-car parking areas provide starting points and water. In addition, voluntary day use registration booths are located in 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 an emergency. 

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Image Credit: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (image courtesy: Michael Righi / Flickr)


24 hours a day, there are shelters and camping areas at certain points along the trail for hiker's use. 

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)


Overnight fee for a PA resident is $4/person per night.  If you are a non-PA resident, the fee is $5/person per night, and a $25 maximum fee.

Park Rangers used to visit the shelters at night and collect fees.  For a long time this was not done.  Recently, however, they have been stopping by in the evenings again.  If possible, try to carry the exact change.

Reservations can be made on  the Park's web site, with payment by credit card.  Phone reservations can be made by calling Laurel Hill State Park (814.445.7725).  You CANNOT make phone reservations from the PA Parks Reservations line.


Hiking, camping, photography, and wildlife observation


Small shelter facilities for overnight camping, fire rings, restrooms, and a location where drinking water can be obtained. 


Last updated: April 26, 2019
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