Laurel Highlands Region

Featuring Pennsylvania's highest peak, the Laurel Highlands Region is a high plateau crossed with trails that take hikers, bikers and birdwatchers deep into its landscape. Its creeks and rivers challenge fishermen and white water paddlers. And its roadways carry cyclists on a journey through quiet towns, past picturesque covered bridges and abundant farmlands, and historic sites dating back to the time when these lands were the final frontier of America.

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Things To Do in Laurel Highlands Region


Boating

1. Casselman River Lower Section & Laurel Hill Creek Lower Section
The Casselman River provides stretches of Class II and III whitewater with five access points while Laurel Hill Creek offers challenging Class III runs during high water stages with three access points. Laurel Highlands Destination Area.

2. Casselman River Upper Section & tributaries
The Upper Section of the Casselman River offers stretches of Class I and II whitewater with four access points in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area.

3. Clear Shade Creek & tributary
Clear Shade Creek is a fast moving waterway in the Johnstown Destination Area featuring stretches of Class I-III rapids.

4. Laurel Hill Creek Upper Section & tributaries
Kooser & Laurel Hill State Parks form the head waters of the Laurel Hill Creek in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area where canoers can find challenging Class III runs when the creek is in a high water stage

5. Laurel Hill Lake
63-acre Laurel Hill Lake in Laurel Hill State Park in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area has 30 mooring sites and two boat launch areas.

6. Stonycreek River Lower Section & Bens Creek
Stonycreek River Canyon in the Johnstown Destination Area is an excellent whitewater stream. Ben's Creek is a favorite of canoeists and kayakers looking for a more relaxing paddling experience.

7. Stonycreek River Middle Section
Stonycreek River Canyon in the Johnstown Destination Area is an excellent whitewater stream with a five-mile stretch of nearly continuous rapids, considered "a play-boater's dream."

8. Stonycreek River Upper Section
The upper section of the Stonycreek River in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area is an excellent whitewater stream with access near Shanksville and Stoystown.

9. Wills Creek and Tributary
Wills Creek is a swift, rocky stream in the Bedford/Breezewood Destination Area that attracts whitewater enthusiasts when water levels are high. The Fairhope to Hyndman section provides 3.5 miles of Class III-IV (V) whitewater suitable for experienced padd

10. Youghiogheny River
The Yough in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area has Class III-IV rapids on the Lower Yough; the Middle Yough features Class I-II runs, and the Upper Yough is a favorite of experienced paddlers who come for its Class V+ whitewater.

11. Youghiogheny River Lake
Six boat launches serve this 2,840-acre Army Corps of Engineers lake that straddles the Mason-Dixon Line in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area.



Cycling On Road

1. Magic Mountain Mystery Tour
Scenic country roadways thru farmlands and mountain ridges abound in this moderate to advanced tour.

2. Raging Rapids Adventure Tour
A moderate to advanced tour featuring a variety of scenic segments and covered bridges.

3. Rivers and Bridges Scenic Tour
See historical sites, and scenic rural roadways thru farmlands and valleys in this advanced tour of over 55 miles.



Fishing

1. Casselman River Lower Section & Laurel Hill Creek Lower Section
The Casselman River provides stretches of Class II and III whitewater with five access points while Laurel Hill Creek offers challenging Class III runs during high water stages with three access points. Laurel Highlands Destination Area.

2. Casselman River Upper Section & tributaries
The Upper Section of the Casselman River offers stretches of Class I and II whitewater with four access points in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area.

3. Clear Shade Creek & tributary
Clear Shade Creek is a fast moving waterway in the Johnstown Destination Area featuring stretches of Class I-III rapids.

4. Kooser Lake
A four-acre lake in Kooser State Park in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area.

5. Laurel Hill Creek Upper Section & tributaries
Kooser & Laurel Hill State Parks form the head waters of the Laurel Hill Creek in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area where canoers can find challenging Class III runs when the creek is in a high water stage

6. Laurel Hill Lake
63-acre Laurel Hill Lake in Laurel Hill State Park in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area has 30 mooring sites and two boat launch areas.

7. Stonycreek River Lower Section & Bens Creek
Stonycreek River Canyon in the Johnstown Destination Area is an excellent whitewater stream. Ben's Creek is a favorite of canoeists and kayakers looking for a more relaxing paddling experience.

8. Stonycreek River Middle Section
Stonycreek River Canyon in the Johnstown Destination Area is an excellent whitewater stream with a five-mile stretch of nearly continuous rapids, considered "a play-boater's dream."

9. Stonycreek River Upper Section
The upper section of the Stonycreek River in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area is an excellent whitewater stream with access near Shanksville and Stoystown.

10. Wills Creek and Tributary
Wills Creek is a swift, rocky stream in the Bedford/Breezewood Destination Area that attracts whitewater enthusiasts when water levels are high. The Fairhope to Hyndman section provides 3.5 miles of Class III-IV (V) whitewater suitable for experienced padd

11. Youghiogheny River
The Yough in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area has Class III-IV rapids on the Lower Yough; the Middle Yough features Class I-II runs, and the Upper Yough is a favorite of experienced paddlers who come for its Class V+ whitewater.

12. Youghiogheny River Lake
Six boat launches serve this 2,840-acre Army Corps of Engineers lake that straddles the Mason-Dixon Line in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area.


Hiking

1. High Point Trail
Forbes State Forest

2. Laurel Mountain Ski Area Challenging Loop
Forbes State Forest

3. Laurel Mountain Ski Area Moderate
Forbes State Forest

4. Lippo's Loop
Forbes State Forest

5. Mount Davis Challenging Loop
Forbes State Forest

6. Mount Davis Moderate Loop
Forbes State Forest



Mountain Biking

1. Laurel Mountain
Mainly flat or rolling terrain, rocky in places with a good mix of single and double track trails along beautiful mountain laurel scenery and two trails that are nearly impossible for an uphill ride.



Swimming

1. Kooser Lake
A four-acre lake in Kooser State Park in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area.

2. Laurel Hill Lake
63-acre Laurel Hill Lake in Laurel Hill State Park in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area has 30 mooring sites and two boat launch areas.

3. Youghiogheny River Lake
Six boat launches serve this 2,840-acre Army Corps of Engineers lake that straddles the Mason-Dixon Line in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area.


Water Skiing

1. Youghiogheny River Lake
Six boat launches serve this 2,840-acre Army Corps of Engineers lake that straddles the Mason-Dixon Line in the Laurel Highlands Destination Area.