Laurel Highlands Trail: My First Steps on the Trail
The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail extends seventy miles from Ohiopyle State Park to Seward, just north of Johnstown. The trail traverses state parks, state forests, state game lands, other public lands and private lands. The trail is open year round and marked with 2" x 5" yellow blazes. Trails that lead to and from parking areas and shelters are marked with blue blazes. Mile markers are placed every mile along the trail, starting at the southern terminus at the Ohiopyle State Park. Overnight camping along the trail can only take place at designated areas and require reservations with DCNR. I've wanted to do an overnight backpacking trip on the Laurel Highlands Trail but never got around to coordinating a trip. So I figured I'd do the next best thing and do a day hike to see some of the great views into the Conemaugh Gorge found along the northern end of the trail.