Glorious mountain terrain, a beautiful lake and thousands of acres of pristine forests are waiting for you and your RV when you enter Laurel Hill State Park. Situated in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Laurel Hill State Park is an RV destination for outdoor lovers looking to explore the best that Pennsylvania has to offer. The park consists of 4,062 acres, with the 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake being the major focal point of the park.
There are many activities you can do at the lake to get adventurous or kick back and relax. The lake is the most popular recreation spot and it has 30 mooring sites and two boat launches. Don't stress if you are boatless; rentals are also available during the summertime.
Hiking is another popular pastime at the park, with 10 trails totaling 15 miles. The trail system is superb runs all the way through the park so you can explore and observe the diversity of plants and wildlife.
If you fancy yourself as a hunter you will be excited to know that during the established seasons there are 2,200 acres available to hunt on. Most of Laurel Hill Lake is also open to goose and waterfowl hunting which is a real plus.
The campground is well equipped to handle you and your RV, with 155 electric sites available that have connections that range from 20 to 50amp. There are also 12 full hookup sites available that includes room for pull-through 40ft RV's. The park is open year round with the peak season beginning in April and ending in November.
RV Rentals in Laurel Hill State Park
Transportation in Laurel Hill State Park
From I-76, take Exit 110. Continue driving west on PA 31 from Somerset for eight miles. Turn left onto Trent Road, then follow the directional signs to Laurel Hill State Park.
From Garrett, take Garrett Road and continue to Gebhart Rd. Follow Copper Kettle Hwy and Trent Road to the township of Jefferson. Turn right onto Trent Road and then take a left onto Laurel Hill Park road until you reach the park.
If you are coming from Normanville, take PA-711 N to Indian Head Road. Continue to County Line Road all follow this to Trent Road. Turn left onto Trent Road and then turn onto Laurel Hill Park road. Follow the directional signs to the park.
The park may also be reached from Exit 91 (Donegal) of I-76 by turning left on PA 31 east and traveling 14 miles. Turn right onto Trent Road and follow directional signs to the park.
The park is accessible by RV's via all entrances. The parking lot is quite large and you shouldn't have any trouble getting in and out of the park. If you are camping, stop at the visitor center before you proceed to the campground. The park is also accessible for people with disabilities.
There are no direct public transport options to get to Laurel Hill State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in Laurel Hill State Park
Campsites in Laurel Hill State Park
Laurel Hill State Park Campgrounds
There are four main loops at the Laurel Hill State Park Campgrounds with 155 modern electric and 12 full hook up sites available year round. The park can accommodate RVs up to 40ft in length with pull-through sites available in some of the loops. If you aren't staying at a full hook up site there are two dump stations with water available at both. The facilities at the campground are impressive, with restrooms, showers laundry facilities and a playground. If you are travelling with pets there is a specific pet loop available to stay at that and even has a pet walking area.
Reservations are the best way to book your stay(they can be made up to 11 months in advance) but the park also does take walk-ins. If you are travelling with a medium sized RV and want to be near the facilities we recommend sites 44 or 45. There are stores located within 10 miles if you need to stock up on supplies.
Seasonal activities in Laurel Hill State Park
Laurel Hill Lake has the luxury of being home to warm water and cold water fish, making it a must-fish spot for the RV anglers. A great feature about the park is the disability access for fishing, with a a pier located near the bridge over Laurel Hill Creek. Fish species found in the lake include catch trout, catfish, bluegill, perch, crappie and sunfish. If you are over the age of 16 you must have a fishing license to fish in the lake. These are not available at the park, so come prepared and buy one before you get there.
The Lake is a perfect location for boating. There are 30 mooring sites and two boat launches, with an additional non-powered boat launch available within Picnic Area #1. If you are wanting to explore, this ramp is a great place to launch a kayak or canoe as it is part of a six-mile water trail that ends at a take out at the historic Kings Covered Bridge. During the summer rowboats, paddleboats, canoes, kayaks and hydrobikes are available to rent from the beach area.
During the summer time there is a 1200 foot beach open on the banks of Laurel Hill Lake. The beach is quite shallow, with a maximum depth of five feet. Lifeguards are on duty at the beach from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. If you get peckish there is a snack bar located a short distance from the beach. Swimming is only allowed within the designated buoy areas.
Once it starts to get cold, snowmobiling is a popular option for a winter recreational activity in the park. There is a 10-mile snowmobile trail system in Laurel Hill State Park that connects with more than 120-mile trail system in the neighboring Forbes State Forest. To use the snowmobile trails you must be a registered snowmobiler with the park. The trails are open daily from the end of the deer season in late December. Trail maps and more information will be available at the park office, so make sure you stop by before your adventure begins.
During the hunting seasons there are more than 2,200 acres in Laurel Hill State Park that you can hunt, trap and train dogs on. Common hunting species in the park are squirrel, rabbit, grouse, deer, black bear, turkey and raccoon. Most of the lake is also open to goose and waterfowl hunting. If you are looking around the area to do more hunting, you are also permitted to hunt in Forbes State Forest, which is adjacent to Laurel Hill State Park.
Laurel Hill State Park has some of the best hiking trails in Pennsylvania. With 15 miles of trails to choose from you have many different options as to where you can hike. Most of the trails are wide, easy to follow and are blazed in yellow. The Hemlock Trail is one of the most popular trails in the park. Stretching over a mile, the Hemlock Trail is narrow at times and runs along steep banks. This trail loops through the six-acre natural area, with a stand of old growth eastern hemlock trees located along the banks of Laurel Hill Creek. It's a great trail if you are looking for some adventure but not looking to walk too far.