DCNR Calendar of Events

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

Snowshoes and Brews

Join Forbes State Forest and Laurel Ridge State Park for a special edition ’Hike to Happy Hour’ on snowshoes! We will explore roughly 3 miles of Forbes State...

2/22 11am
Snowshoeing for Beginners

Join forest staff for a beginner-friendly snowshoe program on Laurel Mountain! Participants will learn about the history of snowshoeing, how to fit...

2/29 10am
Sunset Snowshoe

Join forest staff after work for an evening, 2 mile snowshoe. Please come prepared with warm layers, water, and a headlamp. If there is no snow we will hike....

3/6 6pm
North Woods Walk

Explore the North Woods of Forbes State Forest on a 2 mile snowshoe trek to the Schafer Run warming hut. Please come prepared with warm layers, water, and a...

3/13 6pm
Springtime Shuffle

Celebrate the first day of spring on a moderate 2 mile hike and look for signs of spring in the forest. Registration is required. For more information or...

3/20 6pm

Recent Events

Nature Navigation


Forbes Fall Foliage


Recent Activity

Kristy Lee Mc

Kristy Lee Mc left a positive review 9/15/2019

Rachel was very nice and helpful. The hike was very enjoyable. She even brought Apple cider for everyone. Thank you very much.

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.