The rugged, rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania are covered with rich forests, perfect for scenic hikes with amazing views and spectacular waterfalls. From challenging mountainous trails to more gentle hills, these hiking trails provide opportunities for all levels of hiking, including short hikes, overnight trips, and extended backpacking trips. The best part? All are within a three-hour drive of metropolitan Pittsburgh, so grab your hiking boots and head out for a hike on one of western Pennsylvania’s best hiking trails.
The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
Ranked as one of the best hiking trails in Pennsylvania—and the nation—for its accessibility, amenities, and beauty, the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail meanders for 70 miles atop the Laurel Ridge between Ohiopyle State Park and Johnstown. The trail is especially beautiful in June when the Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron are in bloom, and in mid-October when fall leaves reach their colorful peak.