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The 13,625-acre Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River At Ohiopyle, PA to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown, PA. This large park spans Cambria, Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. The main feature of the park is the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, which features trail shelters for overnight camping.

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I hiked this section out-and-back as my first solo backpacking trip. It was lovely and there was plenty of stream crossings to get water. I went after multiple consecutive days of rain which means long stretches of the trail were flooded. (One part of the trail looked like a waterfall there was so much water streaming down it!). With all the rain and water in the highlands, I recommend gaiters! Beautiful trail. I hammock camped at the Turnpike shelter area. The group camping sites have plenty of space for multiple tents and enough trees to string up some hammocks. Highly recommend!

Great views from lookout

Trail is becoming overgrown in July 2017. Had to beat back brambles and other jagger bushes with a stick before taking steps. Not a very pleasant hike in shorts.

Possibly nicer in early spring or fall when there is less vegetation, but in summer time this trail is an exercise in frustration.

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1 month ago

Visited the trail over the first week of July 2017. Lots of ankle-knee high weeds, grass, jagger bushes. Also lots of wildflowers and butterflies flying around.

I suppose you have to take the good with the bad but I would advise wearing long pants if you are planning to hike this in mid summer. I bet in early spring or fall the trail is clearer with less vegetation growing over it.

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1 month ago

Great hike. Nice scenery.

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2 months ago

the views were amazing alot of wildlife

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4 months ago

Awesome trail! Started in Seward and stopped at the turnpike shelters. One thing to note is that the hand pump at Rt. 31 shelter area needs to be pumped quite a few times to draw water. We walked out to Rt. 31 and got water at Wallops before realizing this.

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4 months ago