Forbes State Forest

  • 1291 Route 30
  • PO Box 519
  • Laughlintown, PA 15655
  • (724) 238-1200

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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Explore one of the most popular areas on Forbes State Forest, Beam Rocks. This easy to moderate, 1 mile hike rewards ...More info

Kick off your Independence Day weekend on a challenging, 4 mile out-and-back hike to the Pine Knob overlook. Hikers ...More info

Take a hike and view summer’s wildflowers on this moderate 2.5 mile hike along Blue Hole Creek. Field guides are ...More info

Explore the Linn Run Valley and Fish Run during a moderate to strenuous, 7 mile trek along Fish Run and Grove Run ...More info

Tour Spruce Flats Bog on this easy, 1/2 mile hike. Learn about the ecology, unique wildlife, and what makes a bog a ...More info

Give back to the forest and trails on the second volunteer day of the 2017 season. Meet at the Route 31 pole ...More info

Hike to Flat Rock and Adam Falls, alongside park and forest staff. Learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the ...More info

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