Laurel Highland Hiking Trail: Turnpike Shelters to Rt. 30

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Laurel Ridge State Park

Laurel Highland Hiking Trail: Turnpike Shelters to Rt. 30 is a 20.9 mile point-to-point trail located near Seward, Pennsylvania and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 20.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,799 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly



Rhodendron, ferns and plenty of cross trails. (7 miles) The yellow-blazed Laurel Highland Hiking Trail covers 70 miles from Ohiopyle State Park north to Seward. This review covers the 7 mile section between the PA Turnpike Shelter Area and US Route 30. This section has plenty of cross trails so be careful as the LHHT might make a sudden turn while going straight will take you onto a branch trail. The number of branch trails mean you can park almost anywhere along Laurel Summit Road and build a day hike. Just south of Rt. 30, there is a short rock maze with thin bedded limestone piled quite high but the real impressive stone is Beam Rocks near Mile 41. Be sure to take the side trail around to the back side and the "easy" way up to the overlook.

Mon Oct 23 2017

I did part of this as a day hike. Highway 30 to a mile south of I-76, out and back, about 10 miles each way. Trail is like most PA trails with a lot of small rocks to step on, over, and around. Only good view is on top of Beam Rocks. Not much elevation gain. Lots of shade. Several connector trails along the way in case you don’t want to do it all.

Thu Jul 13 2017

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!

Sun Apr 16 2017

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.

10 days ago