PA State Parks
8 Wild and Wonderful State Parks in PA Laurel Highlands
There are no fewer than 8 Pennsylvania state parks in the Laurel Highlands. Including Federally-managed property in our area, the state parks in PA Laurel Highlands encompass nearly 120,000 acres of majestic, laurel-covered mountains and deep, water-carved valleys. And in the last 50 years, another 22,000 acres have been preserved as PA state parks by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
The PA State Park Experience
If your vacationing tastes run toward the outdoorsy, the rustic, the unstructured, and the adventurous, you certainly have plenty of options in the Laurel Highlands. In truth, no two state parks in PA Laurel Highlands are alike. And the differences go well beyond expected amenities like cabins, tent and RV sites, and the increasingly-popular yurts.
Experience the Whitewater
Ohiopyle State Park provides access to both the tranquility and the excitement of the famous Youghiogheny River. It's your natural starting point for canoeing, kayaking and (especially) whitewater rafting. Wildly popular, this Pennsylvania state park welcomes over 1.3 million visitors each year, and encompasses nearly 20,500 acres of protected woodlands and waterways. And it provides access to some of the best Class I-IV whitewater rafting in the East.
Swimming from a Mountain Beach
Then, there's something you might not expect in our neck of the woods: a beach. At Laurel Hill State Park, the sandy strand stretches nearly a quarter of a mile. So pack your swimsuits, towels, sun block… and cameras. Depending on when you visit, this PA state park also features spectacular fields and hillsides full of wildflowers.
70 Miles of Spectacular Hiking
Laurel Ridge State Park centers around the spectacular Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. The 70 winding miles of this PA state park are part of the Potomac Heritage Trail. They pass through a number of Pennsylvania state forests and game lands, making it ideal for hikers and hunters. And it offers eight dedicated overnight areas, each offering Adirondack-style shelters, tent pads, comfort stations and fresh water. The camping areas in this Pennsylvania state park are conveniently distributed along the trail at intervals of no greater than 10 miles. It's perfect for extended hiking adventures.
It's hard to choose just one Pennsylvania state park experience
Without a doubt, we expect that deciding won't be easy. So here, to help you, is an at-a-glance listing of 8 PA state parks, 2 state forests and their key highlights. Consider all your outdoor options: hiking; biking; swimming; snowmobiling; cross-country skiing; downhill skiing; fishing; hunting; bird watching; or simply basking in the beauty of our natural wonders. Then… enjoy making up your mind!
Keystone State Park in PA Laurel Highlands
Kooser State Park
Laurel Hill State Park
Laurel Mountain State Park
Laurel Ridge State Park
Laurel Summit State Park
Linn Run State Park
Ohiopyle State Park
Forbes State Forest
Prince Gallitzin State Forest
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