A great way to explore the region is along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, the U.S.’s first coast-to-coast highway, or the nearby National Road Heritage Corridor.
Recognized by Country Living Magazine as one of the “Most Charming Small Towns in America” and by the Washington Post as a “Small-Town Charmer” the lovely community of Ligonier is filled with more than 60 specialty shops, restaurants, and overnight accommodations, many in historic buildings.
Tucked into the beautiful Laurel Highlands Mountains, only seven miles from Linn Run, Ligonier offers amenities and services as well as a strong dose of history dating back to the French and Indian War.
Fort Ligonier is an inside and outside museum, featuring a replica of the original Fort Ligonier, plus offering a unique collection of Washingtonian memorabilia. The fort is also often the center of Ligonier’s many festivals and events.
Nearby State Parks and Forests
This six-acre Laurel Summit State Park offers picnic tables, a pavilion, drinking water, and restrooms. During 1922, Laurel Summit Campground had the highest elevation of any public campground in Pennsylvania.
The “Summit” remained a public camping area until the late 1940s when it was designated a state park picnic area. This scenic area is 2,739 feet above sea level and several degrees cooler than surrounding towns. Laurel Summit is a carry-in/carry-out area. Please take all of your trash with you.
Laurel Summit provides trailhead parking for Forbes State Forest’s Wolf Rocks Trail, Spruce Flats Bog, and access to many of the mountain biking and snowmobile trails in Forbes State Forest.
In the 13,625-acre Laurel Ridge State Park, the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a 70-mile backpacking trail that runs from Ohiopyle, Pa., to the Conemaugh River near Johnstown.
This 250-acre Kooser State Park has cabins, camping, group tenting, swimming, hiking, and fishing.
In Somerset County, Laurel Hill State Park offers camping, hunting, organized group tenting, organized group cabin camps, boating, hiking, environmental education programs, and also fishing and swimming in 65-acre Laurel Hill Lake.
The 58,500 acres of Forbes State Forest offer hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other outdoor recreation in a nearly wilderness setting. Contact Forbes State Forest or Linn Run State Park for a map. Mountain bikes are permitted only on designated trails.