These links are for the trailheads and parking:
Parking Lot and picnic area “CCC Site 97” Toilets and a picnic pavilion available. 1.2 mile hike to the highpoint.
Lat, Lon = 39.79437349949034, -79.16627153055333
Smaller parking lot with short walk to highpoint Parking is limited.
Lat, Lon = 39.78615334293772, -79.17828411341783
Parking is limited to a couple of cars (Lat, Lon = 39.24427718071751, -79.4924738299859). If you are ok with a longer walk, consider parking at Our Lady of the Pines Church
Nearby camping options
- Ample parking available. A quick walk around the whispering spruce trail is recommended. Camping and boating is available at Spruce Knob Lake Campground. There are cabins for rent within a short drive.
|Pittsburgh International Airport||78 miles||PIT|
|Arnold Palmer Latrobe Airport||25 miles||LBE|
|Allegheny County Airport||51 miles||AGC|
|Somerset County Airport||20 miles||2G9|
|John Murtha Johnstown Airport||45 miles||JST|
|Morgantown Municipal Airport||57 miles||MGW|
|Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport||26 miles||VVS|
Taxis and ride sharing are common in Pittsburgh - Uber, Lyft, ZTrip, etc. However Laurel Highlands is far enough away from Pittsburgh you should consider a rental car if you choose to fly.
The Amtrak route Capitol Limited does two trips a day. It is ideal for those who want less driving and more relaxing.
|Connellsville||21 miles||North Water Street &, W Peach St, Connellsville, PA 15425|
|Pittsburgh||61 miles||1100 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222|
|Cumberland||49 miles||201 E Harrison St, Cumberland, MD 21502|
|Venue||UPMC Somerset||225 South Center Avenue, Somerset, PA 15501|
|Venue||Highlands Hospital||401 E Murphy Ave, Connellsville, PA 15425|
|Venue||Excela Health Westmorland Hospital||532 W Pittsburgh St, Greensburg, PA 15601|
|Venue||AHN Hempfield Neighborhood Hospital||6321 US-30, Greensburg, PA 15601|
|Mount Davis||Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center||200 Hospital Drive, Meyersdale, PA 15552|
|Backbone Mountain||Garrett Regional Medical Center||251 N 4th St, Oakland, MD 21550|
|Spruce Knob||Davis Medical Center||812 Gorman Ave, Elkins, WV 26241|
Scottyland Camping Resort Scottyland also has a cabin.
There is much to see in the Laurel Highlands region. This list can help you start planning your exploration. The list is not exhaustive nor in any specific order. Please also visit LaurelHighlands.org for more information and ideas for daytrips.
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
70 miles long. Rugged and steep in some places. Great for dayhiking and also supports multiple day hikes. Overnight trail shelters require reservation in advance. More details and high-resolution trail map can be found on the PA Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources website. Expect to see some mountain laurel blooming in June. GoLauralHighlands.com says the Route 30 trailhead outside of Ligonier is a good location to see it.
Hemlock Trail Natural Area
Greater Allegheny Passage Biking Trail
Departing from Mount Davis by car, the nearest parking lot access to the GAP Trail would be at Fort Hill. The Pinkerton Tunnel, which is recently renovated, is 2.5 miles east from the Fort Hill parking lot (135 Sechler Rd, Fort Hill, PA 15540) at mile 54.3 of the trail. Confluence is in the western direction from the Fort Hill parking lot. Confluence at mile marker 61.6.
The Salisbury Viaduct is a long bridge on the Greater Allegheny Passage that crosses over US Highway 219, CSX railroad tracks, and the Casselman River Valley. Hike or Bike across it. There are benches at both ends of the viaduct. The view is beautiful view. The maximum height is 101 feet above the ground. It is an excellent place to watch sunrises and sunsets. Historical placards tell the history of the bridge and have pictures of it being constructed. Train traffic on the Salisbury Viaduct stopped in 1975.
Kooser State Park
Originally land of the United Lumber Company, Pennsylvania bought the land when the company went bankrupt. The park and public camp was started in 1925 and was popular with motorists. Today the park has both rustic and modern cabins for reservation as well as RV sites.
Flight 93 Memorial
Flight 93 was one of the flights hijacked during the September 11, 2001 attacks. It crashed after an attempt by passengers and crew to regain control of the plane from the hijackers. The National Park Service created a national memorial and visitors center. Here you will find an emotionally moving tribute to those who died that day. There is a wall with the passenger names, a wall around the debris field outline, recordings of phone calls sent before the crash, and The Tower of Voices, which is a 93 foot tall tower with carefully engineered wind chimes. Budget about two to three hours for your visit. Free admission.
Guild of American Papercutters Art Museum
This is the first American museum devoted to the art of papercutting. The museum has a permanent collection of papercuts and annual themed special exhibitions. There are some pictures on the guild’s website of the works in their collection and members’ works too.
Fallingwater is a legendary house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family. Tour reservations must be made in advance.
Funiculars are train-like vehicles pulled by cables up and down a steep hill, counter-balanced by the weight of the other car.
- Duquesne Incline
- Monongahela Incline
- Johnstown Inclined Plane
- The funicular at the Horseshoe Curve is unavailable due to maintenance upgrades.
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
See the battlefield where the British regulars and colonial forces under the command of George Washington fought and honorably surrendered to the French and Indians in 1754. The fort has been reconstructed with white oak, as found by archeologic studying of the site. There is a handicapped accessible walking path from the parking lot to the fort. The park is one mile away from the grave of General Edward Braddock, who was commander-in-chief of the British Army at the start of the French and Indian war. Watch this introductory video from National Park Service to learn more.