Most people come to this picturesque park to hike. The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a major 70 mile hiking and backpacking trail. The trail traverses state parks, state forests, state game lands, other public lands and private lands.
Cross-country skiing is available on approximately 35 miles of trail. Please check with the park office to see which sections are suitable for skiing. A free map is available from the park office. Snowmobiling is also available at the park.
There is also a 20-mile cross-country ski touring concession adjacent to the Route 653 parking area. Fee required on this trail.
Almost all of Laurel Ridge State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs from the fall archery season until March 31 of the following year. Common game species are deer, turkey and grouse. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park manager for accessible hunting information.