Laurel Hill State Park RV & Campground Guide
Tree-lined hills run directly to the water's edge at Laurel Hill State Park, creating one of the most spectacular wilderness experiences in Pennsylvania. It's a far cry from the early 1900s, when the area was desolate, stripped of trees, and ravaged by wildfire. Today, the thriving forest is home to 15 miles of hiking trails and countless critters, and the manmade lake is a lovely spot for swimming, kayaking, and fishing. To explore the only remaining old-growth forests, head to Hemlock Trail and hike among the ancient trees. Laurel Hill is beautiful all year; in the fall, the leaves turn to fiery oranges, and in the winter, the blanket of snow is perfect for sledding and snowmobiling. With Somerset sitting just 10 miles east and Pittsburgh an easy 63-mile drive to the west, getting to the park is a breeze.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Laurel Hill State Park
Laurel Hill State Park sits more than 2,000 feet above sea level, which means that the weather is unpredictable, and evenings are often cool. With an RV, you can enjoy the lake and the hills and come back to camp knowing that you have a comfortable bed waiting for you. If you're not an RV owner, make your trip more exciting and cozy with an RV rental. Choose a luxury option for a vacation getaway, or find models that are perfect for kids, pets, and couples.
Laurel Hill State Park Campground
Wake up just a few steps from Laurel Hill Creek when you book a site at the Laurel Hill State Park Campground. With 262 campsites, there's plenty of room for families, tents, and RVs. More than half of the sites offer electric hookups for your motorhome, and a select few offer full hookups; book as early as possible to secure one of these luxury spots. Within walking distance of each spot, you can access modern toilets and showers. Pets are welcome in many of the sites, and you're welcome to use the volleyball court and dump station. The campground is large, but a handy trail connects you to the swimming beach and hiking trails. Nightly rates start at $28.25.
Pioneer Park Campground
Enjoy manicured lawns and a host of family-friendly activities at Pioneer Park Campground. Spread over 185 acres, this park offers full-hookup and partial-hookup sites with access to cable TV. Within the park boundaries, you can shop in the camp store, connect to Wi-Fi, and enjoy the game room. Water sports, family activities, mini-golf, basketball, and a swimming pool keep your little ones happy. Rates for sites with full hookups start at $52 per night in the low season.
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Laurel Hill State Park
Inside Laurel Hill State Park
Whether you prefer to stay on dry land or get out on the water, Laurel Hill State Park offers activities to keep you busy for days. Hiking trails take you through the forest, up the mountains, and along Laurel Hill Creek — don't miss the historic and beautiful Jones Mill Dam. The park rents a range of watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, hydrobikes, paddle boats, and stand-up paddleboards; paddling is particularly beautiful in the fall when the colors light up the shoreline, which is also easy to enjoy from the large, sandy beach. Fish for trout and bass in the lake or the stream, and return in the winter for ice fishing. When the snow falls, the hills offer excellent sledding and snowmobiling opportunities.
Outside Laurel Hill State Park
Laurel Hill State Park sits in the middle of the beautiful Pennsylvania mountains, delivering the peace and solitude of a remote wilderness escape. Within 30 minutes, however, you can find a wide range of restaurants, shopping opportunities, and activities. Whether you're traveling with friends or your kids, you'll find plenty to do during both short and long visits.
Located less than 3 miles from your campsite, Rustic Mountain Pizza is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat. Choose from traditional pizzas, or opt for one of the restaurant's hot subs, classic appetizers, or salads.
Location: 1694 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501
Eat your fill at the Oakhurst Grille, which offers an impressive salad bar and a full selection of salads and comfort foods. The vibe is relaxed, and the menu offers something for every dietary preference.
Location: 8526 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501
The Slopeside Dining Room is located inside Seven Springs Mountain Resort, so you can dine with a view of the mountains. The food is exceptional, and the atmosphere is elegant and family-friendly. The menu is heavy on seafood and hearty meat meals, but there are plenty of light options and breakfast favorites.
Location: 777 Water Wheel Dr, Rockwood, PA 15557
Rey Azteca Mexican Restaurant
If you're craving a burrito or a fajita platter, Rey Azteca Mexican Restaurant has you covered. Choose from one of the Mexican classics, and make sure to wash it down with one of the bar's excellent cocktails.
Location: 780 N Center Ave, Somerset, PA 15501
Serving sushi and Japanese entrees, Yamato Steak House of Japan is a fun family eatery located about 12 miles from Laurel Hill State Park. Load up on rolls, or try the hibachi and bento options.
Location: 1606 N Center Ave, Somerset, PA 15501
If you're visiting Laurel Hill State Park in the winter, head to Willi's Ski & Snowboard Shop to find everything you need to enjoy the snow. Buy new gear or book a session for ski tuning; while you wait, chat with the staff members for insider tips about the local area.
Location: 777 Water Wheel Dr, Champion, PA 15622
With its charming selection of gifts and novelties, Robin's Nest is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir of your trip.
Location: 109 W Main St #101, Somerset, PA 15501
Meadow Creek Farm Market carries a wide range of products from local farms. Pop in to pick up eggs for your RV breakfast or burgers for the grill, and return on your way home for jams, pickles, and honey to enjoy at home.
Location: 1120 Laurel Run Rd, Somerset, PA 15501
Silver Penny Vintage Shop
Tucked into a historic home, Silver Penny Vintage Shop offers a charming selection of antiques and goods inspired by decades past. Spend an hour exploring the eclectic selection of vintage furniture, beautiful stone kitchenware, home decor, and more.
Location: 3919 PA-31, Jones Mills, PA 15646
Upgrade your camping meals with a trip to Highlands Market. This boutique market offers a range of gourmet items, including meats, cheeses, and locally produced artisan treats. You'll also find the best selection of craft beers and wines in the area.
Location: 231 County Line Rd, Champion, PA 15622
No matter when you visit Laurel Hill State Park, a trip to Seven Springs Mountain Resort is a must. In the winter, rent skis or a snowboard and spend an afternoon speeding down the slopes. In the summer, play golf, ride the zipline, or see the hills on foot or mountain bike. In the fall, ride the chairlift and take in the changing leaves, or participate in one of the fun family festivals hosted at the resort.
Location: 777 Water Wheel Dr, Champion, PA 15622
Are you looking for more outdoor adventure? Pop over to the Roaring Run Natural Area. Here, you can hike through dense forests and fish in small mountain streams. If you have time, hike the North Loop or the Roaring Run Trail to check out the remains of the historic logging railroad.
Location: Champion, PA 15622
Check out a collection of rare creatures at Living Treasures Animal Park, which is located a short drive from Laurel Hill State Park. Lions, camels, bears, and monkeys enjoy a safe home within the grounds; you can also visit the farm to see the adorable miniature horses.
Location: 288 PA-711, Jones Mills, PA 15646
A brilliant blue stream flows through the trees at Kooser State Park, creating the perfect environment for fishing and hiking. In the winter, bring your cross-country skis and glide through the silent forests.
Location: 943 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501
If you're traveling with friends, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Glades Pike Winery. Book a tasting session and a tour, and you can explore the grounds and the winery while sipping a glass of house-made cabernet or riesling.
Location: 2208 Glades Pike, PA-31, Somerset, PA 15501
How to Get to
Laurel Hill State Park
If you're coming from Somerset or points north, take Interstate 76 to one of the many routes that run south to Highway 31. From there, go south on Trent Road until you reach Laurel Hill State Park. From the south, get on Highway 219 north to Highway 653 west. At New Centerville, the Copper Kettle Highway runs north and connects you to Trent Road.
Entering Laurel Hill State Park
Laurel Hill State Park is open for day use every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. The campground is open from the beginning of April to the end of October.
Entry fee (per person) : $0
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