Western Pennsylvania is a region unlike any other in the nation. You’ll find a delicate balance of outdoor locations, culinary establishments, and historic sites. Each of these places affords you the opportunity to connect with a different facet of the tri-county area. Some of the most remarkable attractions are located on these best sections of the Laurel Highlands Trail. Also known as the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, this 70-mile scenic path is a part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, which winds through Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. From easy hikes to more rigorous activities, you’re sure to discover how incredible this intricate network is on your getaway to Oak Lodge.
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The Best Sections of the Laurel Highlands Trail
No matter when you visit our year-round destination, there’s always something to enjoy. If you’re having trouble deciding where the best sections of the Laurel Highlands Trail are worth the trip, review the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Elevation Map or consult our interactive Vacation Guide (link above). For more information, find out more about what you’ll see at each step of your journey!
Ohiopyle to Route 653
Along the Youghiogheny River, you’ll embark on a 19-mile trek with the elevation ranging from 1,200 feet to almost 2,800 feet. Conversely, there are many paths of walking paths without the constant change in terrain. If you visit during the winter months, just above the Ohiopyle Ridge, there are ample opportunities to go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Route 653 to Route 31
One of the best sections of the Laurel Highlands Trail, you’ll be treated to not only a pleasant walking experience but also panoramic vistas of the tri-county area. As you enjoy the views, marvel at the massive boulders situated along the sides of the path. It is also the highest point on the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail and features the breathtaking Laurel Run Overlook. This portion of the trail also passes through the Seven Springs Resort.
Route 31 to Route 30
This 15-mile journey beholds the beauty of the Laurel Highlands with views of the region at Beam Rocks as well as manmade structures. As you hike this trail, you’ll pass over the Pennsylvania Turnpike via an iconic bridge. On the way, you’ll have ample places to stop and refresh on your adventure!
Route 30 to Route 271
Located along the once prominent mining area of the Mill Creek Valley, this 12-mile stretch is especially nice to visit in the winter. There are significantly fewer crowds, which makes for a more pleasant experience. Along the way, you’ll be captivated by the towering rock formations and the stunning beauty of Card Machine Run. Named ironically, it’s a great place to reconnect with nature and enjoy a refreshing natural spring!
Route 271 to Seward
This network is one of the best sections of the Laurel Highlands Trail for its stunning views. You’ll have the opportunity to delight in the awe-inspiring of the Conemaugh River Gorge, an abandoned stone quarry, and remnants of an inclined plane. Remember to grab your camera and capture the beauty of this wonderful place.
Relax at Oak Lodge
After you’ve visited these best sections of the Laurel Highlands Trail, head back to the rustic comforts of our bed and breakfast. We offer a selection of gorgeous accommodations and invite you to reserve the ideal one for your getaway. Once you book, you’ll have easy access to our outdoor haven. In addition to 800 glorious acres of peace and quiet, spend some time relaxing in our on-site oasis. One of the most wonderful spas in Western PA, it’s the quiet escape you’ve been searching for with a divine menu of indulgent massage options. After your session, continue your relaxation in our hot tub with panoramic vistas of our property. Relaxation and restoration is just a phone call or a click, so why wait any longer? We can’t wait to host you this year at Oak Lodge!