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Sports clubs and enthusiast groups consider Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands a 2,915 square mile paradise. The stunning and diverse terrain provides the perfect Mid-Atlantic destination for clubs of any experience level. A true four-season sports destination, the Laurel Highlands bring ski clubs, hiking and biking groups, and water sport organizations to Western Pennsylvania annually.

The best skiing conditions in Pennsylvania
The Laurel Highlands receives the highest average snowfall and has the highest mountain in Pennsylvania. This, along with three amazing ski resorts within a 40-mile radius, makes it a premier destination for ski clubs to visit regularly. Many clubs plan a trip to ski two or three different mountains during their stay.

World-class whitewater
Our region's distinction doesn't stop when the winter snow melts. Kayaking, canoeing, and rafting clubs can't wait for the spring thaw so they can bring their members to the Laurel Highlands. Pennsylvania's deepest river gorge can be found here, and the Youghiogheny River is our whitewater playground. Class II-IV waters are found along this river, and nearby tributaries, but the "Lower Yough" is home to the most challenging class III+ waters. This 7-mile section runs through Ohiopyle State Park, paralleling the Great Allegheny Passage, and is the most popular whitewater trip east of the Mississippi River.

Scenic by-ways, forests and trails
Hiking and biking clubs repeatedly make our home their own. Five national parks and eight state parks make the region special for all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts. The public areas that allow some form of hiking, biking and adventure sport encompass nearly 120,000 acres.

Forbes State Forest is very popular for its mountain bike trails, while the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail can't be beat for its spectacular vistas. A special draw for biking and hiking clubs alike is the renowned 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage Rail Trail. Closed to motorized vehicles, it not only stretches the entire way through the PA Laurel Highlands, this amazing rail trail can be hiked or biked from Pittsburgh, PA all the way to Washington, D.C.

 Contact the group travel planning team to learn more!