Spanning Westmoreland, Somerset, and Fayette counties, Forbes State Forest encompasses more than 60,000 acres of land within the Laurel Highlands– and continues to grow. Forbes contains many unique natural features, such as Roaring Run Natural Area, Quebec Run Wild Area, and Mt. Davis Natural Area, the highest point in Pennsylvania. Other notable highlights of Forbes include Blue Hole, Wolf Rocks, Beam Rocks, Spruce Flats Bog, and the Wharton Furnace.

Forbes State Forest also boasts numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, with over 300 miles of multi-use trails. Popular outdoor recreation activities include: backpacking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

  • Number of Camping Sites: 6 motorized campsites are available from April 2 to the last day of regular rifle deer season; camping permits are required. Primitive camping – backpack-style; permit required only if staying more than one night in same location.
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    • Rustic Campsite Available
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Join us after work for an easy to moderate evening 2-mile trek. Please come prepared with warm layers, water and a ...More info

Attention experienced backpackers! Join Forest and State Park naturalists for a two day (March 3 and 4), one ...More info

This beginner-friendly program will cover the basics of snowshoeing and allow participants to test out snowshoes on a ...More info

Vernal pools, trees budding and birds chirping… these are all signs that spring is right around the corner! Look for ...More info

Avoid the crowds and head to the forest for a special St. Paddy’s Day hike at Forbes! This moderate, 5-6 mile hike ...More info

Have you ever heard the saying, "once in a blue moon?" Learn about March’s blue moon on a 2-3 mile night hike on ...More info

Forbes State Forest
Forbes State Forest
  • 1291 Route 30
  • Laughlintown, PA 15655