Why It’s Time To Make a Splash in the Laurel Highlands

Hiking, biking, rafting – the outdoor opportunities are endless.

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As the temperature rises, so do the opportunities to get out and explore the great outdoors that await nearby in the Laurel Highlands. Take a hike, hop on your bike, or jump in a raft on the Youghiogheny River, then cap your day with a stop at one of the many local breweries, wineries, or distilleries.

From family floats to rip-roaring adventures and everything in between, the Laurel Highlands is a playground for watersports enthusiasts. Try stand-up paddleboarding on Yough Lake or rent a kayak or canoe to explore the beautiful Laurel Hill Lake in Laurel Hill State Park.

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If you prefer to cast your luck and your lure, the Laurel Highlands Trout Trail is an angler’s paradise, with dozens of streams spread over a 70-mile area that allow fishers to revel in solitude while they wait to reel in a trophy trout.

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The Great Allegheny Passage draws cyclists from across the globe each year, as the 150-mile path has been named one of USA Today’s 10 Best Recreational Trails for the past three years. Stretching from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, it’s a great way to see the Laurel Highlands. Spend the night in one of our quaint trail towns and find Instagram-worthy views from dozens of locations, including the Salisbury Viaduct and Big Savage Tunnel.

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If you’re more of the boots-on-the-ground type, grab your backpack and hit the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. This 70-mile throughway starts in Ohiopyle and winds through Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties before ending in Cambria County. Overnight shelters are available for those eager to tackle the sometimes steep and rugged terrain over several days. Hikers seeking an easier trek with a beautiful payoff can walk to Beam Rocks in Forbes State Forest or climb to the top of the observation tower at Mount Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.

There’s no better way to relax after an activity-filled day in the Laurel Highlands than with a cool drink from one of our dozens of fine craft beverage makers. Pick up the Laurel Highlands Pour Tour 3.0 passport and join in the fun. Not only do you get the opportunity to find great new spots and enjoy new beers, wines, distilled spirits, ciders, and meads, but once you’ve completed a tier you can redeem your passport for prizes!

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