The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a 70-mile continuous footpath stretching atop the Laurel Ridge. It winds from Ohiopyle, PA to Rt.56, near Johnstown, PA. The trail affords some great views of the twisting Youghiogheny River from high above Ohiopyle State Park, to the beautiful Conemaugh Gorge, near Johnstown, PA. It is open year-round.

Attention hikers and backers: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Re-route

information provided by Dane Cramer

If you’re looking for a place to stay before or after your LHHT thru-hike you’ll want to check into the Somerset Cira 1800’s 

Park Contact Information

The Park Office is now located in Laurel Hill State Park. Before an overnight stay, you must contact the Park Office (724-455-3744) to reserve a shelter or campsite, or make an online reservation. No reservation is needed for a day hike.

When entering the LHHT at any of the Trail Heads hikers are requested to complete information cards that are available at these entry and exit points of the trail. These cards are to be deposited in the drop-off boxes, also at the Trail Head. They help the State keep track of the number of hikers on the Trail. Here is the Park Office mailing address and phone: Laurel Hill State Park, 1454 Laurel Hill Park Road, Somerset, PA 15501; 814-445-7725 The Park’s web site can be found here.

To make arrangements to use the locked, extended stay parking lot in Ohiopyle, either stop by the new visitors center in Ohiopyle, or call 724-32-8591.


Overnight fee for a PA resident is $4/person per night for a Shelter, and $3/person for a tent site.

Non-PA residents will pay $5/person per night for a Shelter, and $4 for a tent site per night. Park Rangers will occasionally visit the Shelter areas to check on reservations.

In addition to the overnight charge, a $4 transaction fee is now being charged by the State for every reservation made.

Reservations can be made on the Park’s web site, with payment by credit card. You CANNOT make online reservations for a shelter or campsite on the day of your arrival.  That can only be done by phone.  Phone reservations can be made by calling Laurel Hill State Park (814.445.7725).