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Laurel Hill State Park, Somerset

(4.7/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web)
Laurel Hill State Park is a 3935acre Pennsylvania state park in Jefferson and Middlecreek Townships, Somerset County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Laurel Hill Lake is a 63acre man-made lake with a dam that was constructed during the Great Depression by the young men of CCC camps SP-8-PA and SP-15-PA. Laurel Hill State Park is from Interstate 76 just off Pennsylvania Route 31 near Bakersville and on Pennsylvania Route 653 near Trent.
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  • Laurel Hill State Park is a treasure. Go all year round. Beach and lake are a bonus during the summer months but the trails and waterfalls are what you want. Large grove of Hemlocks are so beautiful. ...  more »
  • We recently had a bonus Fall day, and we were able to visit Laurel Hill State Park. We walked for a time on the Pump House Trail which was located in a forested area. We then drove close to the lake a...  more »
  • The State Park was close to the winery and it was perfect. We went on one short trail and then a longer one that looped into another. Both were along the water which made for a beautiful hike.  more »
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  • Fantastic state park! Immensely clean and has so much to do! Pump house trail has an amazing waterfall to see plus beautiful little fun things to see along the way! Many beautiful hiking trails and places to picnic! Swimming and camping areas also in this breathtakingly beautiful park!
  • Love the area, but navigating the park for the first time can be very disorienting. Signs are everywhere but very vague. Spent three or four hours searching for our campsite because the group camping area wasn't on the camp's map (the map only covers main camping area. Other things such as boat docks and swimming areas are not marked as well). Park rangers had to direct us in the right direction. The park is very beautiful though and is a nice area.
  • Beautiful and maintained hiking trails. Accessible paved path for people who use a wheelchair to get around!
  • A much safer place to swim than Ohiopyle. A very nice beach. Plenty of close by parking. This place has it all for all family members.
  • Not far from Seven Springs resort, Laurel Hill usually never fails to disappoint. There are well-maintained, blazed hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty nestled along the ridges and a nice Beach area by the dam. The day we were there, Sunday August 28th, however, the water at the beach water was murky and had gelatinous green algae balls floating throughout. It was repulsive. Also, the bathroom side of the beach facilities had a very strong urine odor, like the bathrooms are likely seldom cleaned, and the shower stall before the handicapped stall had a completely ineffectual shower had that barely had high enough pressure to wash off my soap. We were also disappointed that when we arrived at 3:30pm, the concession stand that has open hours posted as until 5 was already closed. In their defense, it was not a busy day at the park.