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The Laurel Highlands comes to life in Spring time. With rivers and streams fully stocked for fishing and our beautiful mountains and trails ready for biking and hiking, you'll find the perfect activity to emerge from hibernation. For even more fun on the water, hop in a kayak and paddle your way along one of our rivers. For a more serious adventure, experience the Class I-IV whitewater rafting that the Laurel Highlands has to offer. Nowhere can you find a more beautiful display of the Mountain Laurel, Pennsylvania's state flower. So hit the trails for a hike or on a bike!
Anglers Welcome! Fly fishing in the Laurel Highlands is great all year round, if you fish with flies and practice catch and release. Pennsylvania is home to more miles of trout streams than any other state except Alaska. Bring the kids or head out for some early morning quality time with nature. For fishing regulations and licenses go to www.fish.state.pa.us.
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Experience Spring and discover one of the nation's top trails, the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, a 70-mile trail that runs north to south the state parklands and Forbes State Forest. From Ohiopyle State Park almost to Johnstown, you'll see panoramic vistas, sparkling streams, and lush wildlife, as well as the Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron which bloom in late spring.
For those wanting to extend their trip and spend a night out on the trails, you'll find Adirondack-style overnight shelters (reservations required). Wilderness Voyageurs, one of the region's most experienced outfitters provides a shuttle service for the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail users.
Be sure and check out the beautiful new stone Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Bridge that spans the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The bridge is located just about midway between the turnpike's Somerset and Donegal interchanges. Part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, 80,000 to 100,000 hikers hike this trail each year.
Springtime and bike riding just go together. And the perfect bike trail winds its way through the Laurel Highlands - The Great Allegheny Passage is a wonderful trail for all ages and fitness levels. The trail goes through historic towns and stunning state parks, along rivers that George Washington forged, while offering some of the East Coast's most spectacular vistas and scenery. There are six trail towns and numerous trail heads located throughout the Laurel Highlands for easy access to the Great Allegheny Passage. If you're looking for a really special experience for the entire family, bike the entire trail from Pittsburgh through the Laurel Highlands to Washington, D.C! Need to rent a bike, no problem; most trail towns have plenty of bike rentals and repairs.
Enjoy the gorgeous spring views as you zip through the trees on one of the Laurel Highland's zip lines. Experience a thrill that you won't forget. You'll soar more than 100 feet above the ground. Whether you're looking for some great scenery or you're an adrenaline junkie, you'll love the adventure at speeds of up to 60 mph!
Championship Western PA golf courses in the Laurel Highlands will challenge your skills in beautiful PA mountain surroundings.
Golf in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands is a relaxing way to spend your next visit with us. The region's professional-level courses can challenge golfers of all skill levels, while rewarding them with unforgettable views and landscapes.
There are few places better than our local wineries and farms for a springtime activities. Relax and unwind with great tastes at one of the many wineries, farms, or farmers' markets. Enjoy the produce from some of the richest farmland in Pennsylvania as well as handmade crafts at these great seasonal outdoor markets.
Take a trip to the Laurel Highlands for laughter, fun, and sunshine at every turn. Plan a family getaway to the most family-friendly amusement park, Idlewild & Soakzone, which opens in May. Visit and feed exotic and domestic animals at one of the Laurel Highlands' animal parks where you'll get a closer interaction that isn't found at other zoos. Take a step back in time for a fun night that all can enjoy and the classic drive-in experience at Evergreen Drive-In Theatre.