SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread. Visit the
Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website to learn how to identify it, report it, and inspect your vehicle or gear when traveling to and from the quarantine zone.
The Route 653 Trailhead potable water supply pump is currently offline and not working correctly. Visitors using the LHHT can obtain non-potable water in the Route 653 Shelter Area and treat/filter the water appropriately.
Please be advised that the water pump at the Route 271 Shelter Area is out of order. There is a non potable water source available at the Route 271 Trailhead. Please follow the access road from the shelter area to the trailhead. Please filter and/or treat the water as necessary.
Laurel Ridge State Park
The 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.
One of the most exciting reasons to visit the park is for its scenery. Spring wildflowers dot the forest floor in early April followed by a vibrant green forest as leaf-out begins in late April.
Mountain laurel blooms in June and rhododendron blooms in late June and early July.
Come to the park in mid-October and witness fall color in all its glory.
Winter is spectacular when the park is covered in a deep blanket of snow and the occasional great horned owl calls through the moon-lit forest.
Seasons and Hours
The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.
Laurel Hill State Park office for facility seasons and hours.
online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.
Laurel Ridge State Park is in Cambria, Fayette, Westmoreland, and Somerset counties, Pennsylvania.
Northern Terminus GPS DD: Lat. 40.40858 Long. -79.00557
Southern Terminus GPS DD: Lat. 39.87117 Long. -79.49006
Access for People with Disabilities
This activity or structure is ADA accessible.
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.
In an Emergency
Call 911 and contact a park employee.
Responding emergency personnel and equipment may be at your expense.
Hospital directions are posted at the pavilion and at the warming hut at the PA 653 ski area.
GPS coordinates are posted on bulletin board at each trailhead.