Forbes State Forest

Forbes State Forest was named for Gen. John Forbes, who, in 1758, ordered the construction of a road from Bedford to Fort Pitt for the British Army's attack on Fort Duquesne. The forest comprises 15 tracts totaling almost 59,000 acres in Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties. Forbes spreads across the high ridges of the Laurel Highlands, including the 3,213-ft. Mt. Davis, the highest point in PA.

Route 30 East, Laughlintown, PA 15655-0519





Upcoming Events

Wild & Wacky Woodcock

Discover the springtime ritual of the American woodcock during this short, evening hike. We will talk about the natural history of this strange, little...

4/1 7pm
Beautiful Blooms

View some of spring’s early wildflowers on the Linn Run side of Forbes State Forest during a moderate, 1-2 mile hike on Grove Run Trail and Linn Run...

4/14 6pm
Wildflower Folklore

Did you know that picking certain flowers could cause bad luck? Learn about the tales and superstitions of Pennsylvania’s most common spring wildflowers...

4/28 6pm
Hike for the Trees!

Join Forbes and Laurel Hill State Park staff on an Arbor Day celebration hike! This moderate, 6-8 mile trek will showcase the diversity of our forests in the...

4/29 10am
ART in nATuRe: Flower Pressing 101

Our new ART in nATuRe series creatively connects art and nature. This flower pressing workshop is one of a two part program. Part one will discuss native...

5/5 6pm

Recent Events

Equinox Day Hike


Winter Tree Hike


Fly Tying Workshop


Walk in the Woods


Recent Activity

Debbie Meyers

Debbie Meyers left a positive review 5/27/2015

Great evening hike I enjoy these hikes a lot Great of getting to know what is out there without traveling great distances It is right outside your back door This was my first time to Mt Davis ... Great place


Mike left a positive review 3/7/2015

Rachel was excellent, she was very well prepared, handled the group well and made sure everyone was safe, comfortable and enjoying their experience. She knew her stuff when it came to snow shoeing. She is an excellent representative for the Commonwealth and DCNR!! The group was great, all very personable people. The trail and the warming hut were very nice. A big thanks to the ski patrol who got out there early and started a fire in the warming hut, much appreciated.