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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ATTENTION EXPERIENCED BACKPACKERS! Join Forest and State Park naturalists for a two day, one overnight backpacking ...More info

Join us after work for an evening, easy to moderate, 2 mile snowshoe on Laurel Mountain! All skill levels are ...More info

Learn about fly fishing, stream insects, and how to tye flies during the workshop with our Trout Unlimited chapter. ...More info

Learn how to identify some of the common trees in the Laurel Highlands during this informative 1-2 mile hike near ...More info

Join forest naturalists to look for signs of spring on a moderate,5-6 mile hike in the Quebec Run Wild Area. Please ...More info

Vernal pools, trees budding, birds chirping...these are all signs that spring has finally sprung! Look for these ...More info

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