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Laurel Highlands Trail: Ohiopyle State Park

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 4.4 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A rolling, forested hike through the hardwood hills of southwestern Pennsylvania.


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10.5

Miles

16.9

KM

Out and Back

2,032' 619 m

High

1,278' 389 m

Low

2,139' 652 m

Up

2,139' 652 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

I love this trail. I found it on a list of "best trail hikes in the country" and decided to give it a try during my travels. I have visited twice and had an amazing experience both times.

Singletrack the whole way. Isolation, creeks, descents and climbs.

There are a couple of nice vantage points, but the views are not the reason to come to this trail. The "feel" you get from the surrounding woods and from the trail is something that I have infrequently found elsewhere. There is an intimacy with nature on this hike. I have come away from both trips not tired or worn out, but rejuvenated.

Description

From the parking area, you'll walk up the dirt, service road for ~ 1/4 of a mile to get to the trailhead. A sign will point the way up the hill to your left. Do not expect to start hiking right away as you'll face a steep climb to meet up with the trail coming from a secondary parking area.

Once the trails meet, the hike heads to the right and the fun begins. There will be several undulations. I picked my turn around point to be at the creek crossing where there is a wonderful backcountry camping spot. Spend some time there. Enjoy the cool water and the sounds of nature. Soak it in.

You can continue to follow the trail for quite some time if you want a longer hike (I believe the whole length of the trail is 70+ miles) or turn around here for close to 12 miles total.

Flora & Fauna

Hardwood forest. There are amazing colors in autumn. Deer and other typical woodland critters.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Doedderlein

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 13 votes

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  4.4 from 13 votes
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Recommended Route Rankings

#17

in Pennsylvania

#1,300

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Photos

Great view of the Youghiogheny River valley
Mar 30, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA
Just another 20% grade in the early miles of LHHT.
Jul 20, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA
Overlooking the Youghiogheny River on a snowy day - Laurel Highlands Trail
Apr 23, 2015 near Ohiopyle, PA

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Jun 8, 2019
Sean Faulkner
10.5mi — 5h 30m
Jun 2, 2019
c z
first few miles are a little rocky and uphill but worth it! 6mi — 1h 00m
Jun 1, 2019
Derek Schulz
7mi — 2h 53m
May 31, 2019
Jeff Sutton
conn rd. start 8mi
Apr 3, 2019
John Howard
Well maintained trail on the hillsides along the north bank of the Yawk. A bit rocky and steep at times but worth the effort. Nice hardwood forest. 5mi — 3h 15m
Mar 11, 2019
Perry Arlia
10.5mi
Jan 4, 2019
Aaron Steely
Jul 27, 2018
Lindsay Eichenberger