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Sightseeing in Forbes State Forest

Over 100 miles of dirt, gravel, and paved roads traverse the Forbes State Forest. These roads provide opportunities to see a variety of wildlife, trees and wild-flowers. They also offer access to scenic vistas and hiking trails.

Use caution when traveling state forest roads, especially during the winter. The beauty of the forest, the solitude, tumbling mountain streams, scenic vistas, and ever changing colors attract many visitors.

Fall Foliage Driving Tour

Beginning in October the ridges and valleys come alive with color. The Discover Fall Scenic Driving Tour provides driving routes through the Laurel Highlands that highlight state parks and forests, scenic byways, picturesque overlooks and quaint communities.

Explore the Fall Foliage Driving Tour (PDF)Discover Fall-Northern Loop (PDF) and Discover Fall-Southern Loop (PDF).

Additional scenic drives in this area include Discover Birds and Blossoms (PDF) and Discover Rocks, Ridges and Ravines (PDF).


Pine Knob offers a sweeping view of Uniontown and points from West Virginia to Pittsburgh.

High Point Overlook (ADA accessible) offers a spectacular view of High Point Lake, and surrounding countryside.

High Point Observation Tower is located on Mount Davis -- at 3,213 feet it is the highest point in Pennsylvania.

Other vistas are located at Beam Rocks, and Wolf Rocks, both accessible via trails.

Other Points of Interest

Wharton Iron Furnace, an old iron furnace located north of Elliottsville, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Remnants of an old Water-Powered Grist Mill in the Quebec Run Wild Area can be reached via a hiking trail.

Cole Run Falls can be reached a short distance from Cole Run Road. A deep spot in the streambed of Blue Hole Creek where the water appears blue, simply named Blue Hole, is located along Blue Hole Road.

Remains of the Pittsburgh, Westmoreland and Somerset Railroad grade, are located in the Laurel Mountain Division.

Remnants of two Civilian Conservation Corps camps can be found in the Blue Hole and Mt. Davis Divisions. Spruce Flats Bog, a fascinating area of obscure origin, is found in the heart of our Laurel Mountain Division.