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

Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group Work Day

Celebrate National Trails Day by coming out to the Laurel Mountain Volunteer Group’s first volunteer day of 2017! Meet at the Laurel Mountain warming...

6/3 10am
Moon Over the Mountain

Celebrate the month of June’s full moon during a easy to moderate, 2.5 mile night hike on Laurel Mountain. Headlamps are available to borrow. For more...

6/9 9pm
Paddle at the High Point

Join forest and park staff on an intermediate/advanced kayak paddle on High Point Lake, near the highest Point in Pennsylvania, Mt. Davis. Registrants must...

6/10 10am
Lovely Laurels

Take an evening hike on Laurel Mountain in search of mountain laurel blooms. Learn about the special flora of the Laurel Highlands on this moderate-paced, 3...

6/16 6pm
Solstice on the Summit

Explore the highest point in Pennsylvania a few days after the summer solstice, on this 2 mile out-and-back hike in the Mt. Davis Natural Area. For more...

6/23 7pm

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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.