Forbes State Forest


Forbes State Forest is divided into five divisions and 20 separate tracts of land, across Fayette, Somerset, and southern Westmoreland County. Most of Forbes State Forest lies along Laurel Ridge. Linn Run State Park offers access to Forbes State Forest., as does the Spruce Flats Wildlife Management Area accessible from Laurel Summit.


The 54,800 acre Forbes State Forest takes its name in honor of General John Forbes, who ordered the construction of a road in 1757 from Bedford to Fort Pitt for the movement of an expeditionary army.

Today the forest plays host to uncounted visitors each year, outdoor enthusiasts of all types who take delight in many activities, from hiking and hunting, to picnicking and horseback riding. Nature observers have a variety of habitats and native species to admire.

Attractions and Facilities

  • Natural and Wildlife Areas
  • Cold Water fishing
  • Hunting
  • Primitive Camping
  • 12 Miles of Hiking Trails
  • 40 Miles of Cross Country Ski Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • 2 State Forest Picnic Areas
  • 79 Miles of Snowmobile Trails

Contact Information

For more information on this vast natural resource, please contact the Bureau of Forestry, Forest District # 4 at 724-238-1200.

Mail and email address:
P.O. Box 519
Laughlintown, PA 15655


Or visit the Forbes State forest at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Forbes State Forest at the DCNR website


Westmoreland County offers ideal outdoor park settings in the heart of the Laurel Highlands

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