Lake Trail (Laurel Hill Lake) is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Somerset, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Lake Trail in Laurel Hill State Park is a 1.75-mile point-to-point hike along the eastern shore of Laurel Hill Lake. The trail is rated as difficult. The Lake Trail begins in a clearing to the east of Laurel Hill Park Road and follows Laurel Hill Creek for about a quarter mile until the creek enters Laurel Hill Lake. The trail then follows the eastern lakeshore along its one-mile length. The hiking along the lakeshore is difficult because the trail is narrow, uneven, rocky, and overgrown in places. The trail also has short steep stretches and often passes close to steep drops. The rewards for hiking this difficult stretch of trail include two lovely views of the lake and several stands of young hemlock trees. When the trail reaches Laurel Hill Dam, there is another nice view of the lake. From the dam, the trail proceeds another half mile along the creek and then heads away from the creek through forest. The hiking becomes easier past the dam. The trail ends at State Route 3029. The return trip can be made on the Lake Trail or by crossing the creek via State Route 3029 and then following the western sides of the creek and lake back to the parking area. The alternate return route has unmarked trails to follow and nice views of the creek and lake, but does add distance.