Laurel Summit State Forest
in Westmoreland County PA
From Ligonier in Westmoreland County, PA, take Route 30 East for 7.4 miles. Turn Right onto Laurel Summit State Forest Road. Stay straight onto Laurel Summit Road and State Forest Road. 1.3 miles after the turn, make a slight right onto Laurel Summit Road, then a slight right onto State Forest Road. When State Forest Road becomes Laurel Summit Road, you are 3.7 miles from Laurel Summit.
This six acre scenic park provides for the perfect family outing high in the Laurel Mountains. There are picnic tables, a pavilion, water, and a restroom. Laurel Summit State Park is 2,739 feel above sea level, and you can expect it to be several degrees cooler than lower elevations, an especially pleasant feature at the height of summers heat. In winter, cross country skiing is available.
Attractions and Facilities
- Picnic Tables
- Cross Country Skiing
- Hiking Trails
Laurel Summit also provides trailhead parking for Spruce Flats Bog and Wolf Rocks Trail. The Spruce Flats Wildlife Management Area includes a 28 acre bog which rests in a depression on the top of Laurel Ridge. Cranberry, pitcher plant, sundew, cotton grass, and other interesting plant species can be observed here. The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania conducts an annual bird survey here in late spring.
Wolf Rocks Trail is a 2.7 mile trail through Forbes State Forest, with a beautiful vista at the Wolf Rocks outcropping.
Until it was designated a State Park picnic area, Laurel Summit campground had the highest elevation of any public campground in Pennsylvania (From 1922 until 1940).
Laurel Summit is a carry in / carry out area. You are required to take all of your trash out with you.
For more information, contact the Linn Run/Laurel Mountain Complex at 724-238-6623. Mail and email address follow:
Linn Run/Mountain Laurel Complex
P.O. Box 50
Rector, PA 15677-0050
Other informative websites on Laurel Summit State Park include the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.