Fall brings cooler temperatures, making it the perfect time to take a hike. For National Take a Hike Day, there’s no place better than the Laurel Highlands. So lace up your boots, pack lots of water, and bundle up for a breezy fall hike to celebrate this day.
The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, a 70-mile backpacking and hiking trail, is the perfect destination for hikers. You'll find overnight areas every 8-10 miles and connector trails leading to and from parking areas and shelters.
Adams Fall Trail at Linn Run State Park, a one mile loop, features another great mountain waterfall that’s definitely worth a visit. Another great trail in Linn Run with amazing views is Beam Rocks, a 1 mile moderate hiking trail with sandstone rock outcroppings.
The Great Allegheny Passage, a nearly flat rail-trail, is great for a long walk. Venture off the GAP on a trail at one of the parks it passes through. The options are endless for your hiking excursion.
Hike to Baughman Rocks overlook in Ohiopyle State Park for a terrific overlook of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and some challenging terrain. The trail begins at the back of the Middle Yough Take-out Parking Area.
Check out McCune Trail for a more difficult 3.5 mile hike along the highest ridge in the park.
A hike at Ohiopyle’s Cucumber Falls can be as long or as short as you would like. The waterfall is just steps from the parking area, but the trails around Cucumber Falls also offer some great views and moderate hiking.
Laurel Hill State Park’s Hemlock Trail is a 1.2 mile trail for moderate hikers, with some narrow sections and steep banks along the way.
Check out even more trail options on our hiking page. Get out there, and experience the views for yourself!