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Forbes State Forest

Spanning Westmoreland, Somerset, and Fayette counties, Forbes State Forest encompasses more than 60,000 acres of land within the Laurel Highlands– and continues to grow. Forbes contains many unique natural features, such as Roaring Run Natural Area, Quebec Run Wild Area, and Mt. Davis Natural Area, the highest point in Pennsylvania. Other notable highlights of Forbes include Blue Hole, Wolf Rocks, Beam Rocks, Spruce Flats Bog, and the Wharton Furnace.


Forbes State Forest also boasts numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, with over 300 miles of multi-use trails. Popular outdoor recreation activities include: backpacking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

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Amenities

Campgrounds
  • Number of Camping Sites:
    6 motorized campsites are available from April 2 to the last day of regular rifle deer season; camping permits are required. Primitive camping – backpack-style; permit required only if staying more than one night in same location.
Parks
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  • Biking:
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  • Camping:
    Rustic Campsite Available
  • Camping Allowed:
  • Cross-Country Skiing:
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  • Picnic Pavilions:
  • Snowmobiling:
  • Snowshoeing:

Events

May 21

Garlic Mustard Pull Party

Jun 04

Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group Work Day

Jun 09

Little Leaves: Wonderful Wetlands

Jun 11

Hike to Happy Hour

Jun 17

Summer Solstice Stroll

Jun 18

Spruce Flats Bog Tour

Jun 24

Snakes Alive!

Jun 24

Snakes Alive!

Jul 09

Take a Walk in the Wild Area

Jul 14

Little Leaves: Buzzing Bugs

Jul 15

S’mores Trail Trek

Jul 16

Highpoint Hike

Jul 23

Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group Work Day

Aug 06

Roaring Run Stream Stomp

Aug 20

Mountain Biking Basics

Aug 27

Late Summer Wildflower Walk