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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

Family Science Night: Springtime in the Forest

Birds migrating, buds bursting, wildfires… it’s spring in the eastern forest! Learn about the seasonal changes occurring in our forests during an evening of...

3/22 7pm
Sign of Spring Hike

Vernal pools, trees budding, birds chirping… these are all signs that spring is right around the corner! Celebrate the new season by exploring the forest on...

3/29 6pm
Woodcock Watch

Discover the springtime ritual of the American woodcock during this easy (<1 mile), evening hike. We will learn about this unique bird and observe its...

4/5 7pm
Grove Run Ramble

The Linn Run valley is a scenic area, filled with a rich diversity of spring wildflowers. Explore Grove Run on this moderate to strenuous, 3.5 mile day trek....

4/6 10am
Geocaching Egg Hunt

Geocaching is a technological scavenger hunt that uses GPS to locate hidden surprises in the forest. Uncover the signs of spring during this family-friendly...


Recent Events

Boots and Brews


Tree ID + Tea


Sunset Snowshoe


Recent Activity

Laurie Noll

Laurie Noll left a positive review 3/9/2019

Rachel led an excellent hike to ID Trees in the winter. She was very informative and interesting. I learned more in those 2 hours about identifying trees by their bark, than I’ve known my whole life!

Donna Fagnelli

Donna Fagnelli left a positive review 3/9/2019

Rachel's hikes are great! Always learn something new.

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.