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Fresh Air Activities

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Fresh Air Activities

Safely Explore and Stay in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands

Explore:  Biking | Hiking | Camping | Golf | Fishing | State Parks | National ParksEat and Drink

When you’re looking to venture out for a warm-weather getaway, the Laurel Highlands offers plenty of room to roam. We've made planning your next vacation or weekend getaway easy with this list of fresh air activities in the Laurel Highlands including outdoor activities, campgrounds, golf, state parks and more here to welcome you back to the Laurel Highlands. We are #LHSTRONG

Biking

Great Allegheny Passage

Biking-summer

Hop on the Great Allegheny Passage, a nearly-level rail-trail, a biking trail that is perfect for any group, family or age. The GAP spans 150 miles weaving from Pittsburgh, through the Laurel Highlands and ending in D.C. There's something new at every stop along the GAP including locally-made maple in Meyersdale, breweries and distilleries at West Newton and much more.

Bike as long as you want with convenient Sunshine Luggage Shuttle to pick you up or deliver your luggage to your final destination.

Hiking

Gabriel Faria, Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (2)

The best views, waterfalls, landmarks and scenic outlooks are just a short hike away in the Laurel Highlands. The region offers more than 120,000 acres of state parks and the best hiking trails in Pennsylvania, including the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (overnight shelters currently closed).

Must-see stops on your hike include Mount Davis's observation tower (the highest point in PA), Wolf Rocks at Laurel Summit State Park and Spruce Flats Bog at Forbes State Forest. Check these off your bucket list and plan your next hike!

 Camping

Ohiopyle Camping

When you're ready to call it a day, head to one of our private campgrounds! Laurel Highlands campgrounds are restful spots for tent camping and RV stays, and may even have yurts, cabins and other lodging available. Even though you're roughing it, many of our campgrounds are loaded with amenities like Wi-Fi, fishing, kid's activities and more to keep your stay as exciting as your adventures in the region. 

Golf

Tiffani Nieusma, Laurel Valley Golf Club Statue, Ligonier

The birthplace of Arnold Palmer, the Laurel Highlands has challenging, award-winning golf courses designed to accent our incredible views and honor the legends of the game. Tee off at the Champion Lakes, one of the top 50 public courses in the US, and live out Arnold Palmer's vision at Indian Lake, the first golf course designed by The King.

Tee times throughout the region are now more spaced out, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your game and properly socially distance.

Fishing

Fishing in the Laurel Highlands

There's nothing more peaceful than casting your line in our pristine trout streams and enjoying nature at secluded spots throughout the Laurel Highlands. Ponds, streams and lakes at local and state parks are stocked for trout season so even beginners can have a successful fishing trip. Regardless of the fish stories you'll be telling, plan a family fishing trip to the Laurel Highlands, home to more miles of fishable trout streams than anywhere in the U.S.

State Parks

Forbes State Forest

Explore the beauty of the Laurel Highlands at eight Pennsylvania state parks, two PA state forests and a multitude of local parks. Make a checklist to visit all Laurel Highlands parks and see what makes each one unique including scenic views, lush forests, rocky outlooks, trails, roaring waterfalls, natural waterslides, and so much more.

 National Parks

Flight 93

Starting May 15, all five Laurel Highlands national parks will reopen to the public. All park grounds and trails will reopen, while restrooms and visitors centers will remain closed. Additionally, the Tower of Voices, Flight Path, Memorial Plaza and Wall of Names at Flight 93, battlefield at Fort Necessity, and picnic areas at Johnstown Flood and Allegheny Portage will also reopen May 15.

Eat and Drink Local

Out of the Fire Cafe

As you explore the Laurel Highlands, be sure to seek out some delicious food and smiling faces at a local restaurant! Many of our establishments have amazing to-go specials that you can enjoy anywhere you hike or bike to, and gives back to local business owners and the communities they live in.

Dude Beer

The Laurel Highlands Pour Tour is another great way to support local breweries, wineries and craft spirits makers throughout the region! Fill up a growler of your favorite beer, grab a few bottles of wine to go and try the moonshine so good that it made us the site of the Whiskey Rebellion, all while earning prizes along the way.

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