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Laurel Ridge State Park - Rockwood, Pennsylvania
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member outdoorboy34
N 39° 57.314 W 079° 22.194
17S E 639239 N 4424060
Quick Description: The 13,625-acre Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along Laurel Mountain spanning Cambria, Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. The main unit is located along Jim Mountain Road (SR 653) in Springfield Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 9/8/2012 7:06:57 AM
Waymark Code: WMF84Y
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
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Long Description:
he 13,625-acre Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle, to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. This large park spans Cambria, Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. The main feature of the park is the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, which provides the setting for a semi-wilderness backpacking and day hiking experience.

Activities within the Main Park Unit include:
Picnicking: A picnic pavilion in the southern part of the park is available for rent. If unreserved the pavilion is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hunting and Firearms: 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, bear and grouse.

Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.

Hiking: 70 miles of trails
This major 70-mile hiking and backpacking trail from Ohiopyle State Park 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-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.

Backpacking: The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a backpacking trail that permits overnight trips to one or more shelter areas. The eight shelter areas are located approximately every 6 to 12 miles along the trail. Each area contains five Adirondack-type shelters with fireplaces, two non-flush toilets, a water supply and spaces for 30 tents.

Cross-country Skiing: A cross-country ski touring concession adjacent to the PA 653 parking lot provides over 20 miles of trails. The concession grooms surfaces for classic and freestyle skiing. Trail fee required. Current conditions: 724-455-7303

The Pennsylvania Cross-country Skier’s Association offers free ski lessons and a youth ski team.

Snowmobiling: The 120-mile Laurel Highlands Snowmobile Trail System traverses state park and forest lands. Conditions permitting, the trail is open after the end of antlerless deer season in December
Park Type: Hiking / Overnight / Day-Use

Hiking Small Picnic Area Hunting XC Skiing Smowmobiling

Park Fees: Not listed


Date Established?: 1976

Link to Park: [Web Link]

Additional Entrance Points: Not Listed

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