Horse Trails in Laurel Highlands

Enjoy the Laurel Highlands on horseback!

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Forbes State Forest

Westmoreland & Somerset County

District Office Information

724-238-1200

Laurel Highlands 

Trails are multi-use. Blue, red & orange trails marked on map are open to horseback riding. Orange trails are closed during snowmobile season. Day use parking is located north of Beam Road and also at the intersection of Linn Runn Road and Laurel Summit Road.

Miles of Marked Trails:  40

Level of Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate

Horse Camping: Yes

Primitive horse Camping is available at Campsite #1, permits are required from the district office.

Horse Camping Updates (page 16-17 of Western PA trail guide):

Horse camping is available at Campsite #1. Free to stay, however, camping permits are required in advance from the Forest District Office. Additionally, the location of the horse camping area is located slightly farther east than originally depicted in the map. See updated location below.

North Woods

Trails are multi-use and blazed in blue.

Miles of Marked Trails:  8

Level of Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate

Horse Camping: No

Trail Map Updates (page 20-21 of Western PA trail guide):
A newer version of the map has been
released. A latrine has been added to the
Shafer Run Trail Loop.
A parking area previously depicted in the map
has been moved further north on Tunnel Road.
See Below:

Mountain Streams

Trails are multi-use and blazed in red.

Miles of Marked Trails:  10 + approx. 15 miles of township road

Level of Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate

Horse Camping: No

Mountain Stream and North Woods trail systems are connected by Camp Run Rd. You do not want to drive your horse trailer on Camp Run Rd.


Trail Map Updates (page 18-19 of Western PA trail guide):
A newer version of the map has been released with
changes to the legend icons. Trails located in the lower right of the map were previously depicted red, and are now blue which indicate cross-country shared-use.

Gallitzin State Forest

Somerset County

District Office Information

814-472-1862

Miles of Marked Trails: 12

Level Of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Trail Markings: Blazed in Red

Horse Camping: No - Day Use Only

The trail head is located at the intersection of Buffalo Road and State Route 56, approximately 1 mile east of Ogletown.. The trail head has sufficient room to park trailers. This is a day-use facility and overnight camping is not permitted. From the trail head follow Buffalo Road north to the County Line Trail. Once you are on the County Line Trail, there are several different loops that can be accessed depending on how long of a ride you wish to take. The County Line Trail is shared by hikers and mountain bikers.

 

Northmoreland Park

Westmoreland County

Park Office Information:

724-830-3950

Miles of Marked Trails:  2

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Horse Camping: No

Designated horse trails are located in the northwestern area of the park.

Ohiopyle State Park

Fayette County

State Park Office Information

724-329-8591

Miles of Marked Trails:  11.6

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Markings: Blazed in Orange

Horse Camping: No

There is a designated horse trailer parking area located on Grover Road that has a fenced paddock and nearby water. Sections of the Sugarloaf Trail System, as well as the Pressley Ridge Trail, are open to horseback riding. These are shared-use trails; please use caution when riding. 

 

Twin Lakes Park

Westmoreland County

Park Office Information:

724-830-3950

Miles of Marked Trails:  2

Level of Difficulty:  Moderate

Horse Camping: No

Trails are marked by sign posts at road crossings.

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