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Forbes State Forest

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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Mar 22

Family Science Night: Springtime in the Forest

Mar 29

Signs of Spring Hike

Apr 05

Woodcock Watch

Apr 06

Grove Run Ramble

Apr 12

Geocaching Egg Hunt

Apr 19

Moonlight March

Apr 20

Sunrise Stroll

Apr 26

Tree ID + Tea

May 03

Wildflower Watch

May 10

Floral Folklore

May 24

Blue Hole Expedition

May 25

High Point Hike

Jun 21

Summer Solstice Stroll

Jun 28

Spruce Flats Bog Tour