Warm weather is fast approaching, which means Ligonier is about to blossom into Spring and show all that nature has to offer underneath the snow. Be sure to take advantage of the warm Pennsylvania weather and get your hiking boots on! We are lucky to be surrounded by 5 of the most scenic hiking trails and have listed our favorites to help you choose the perfect one for your adventure!

Linn Run State Park | 6.5 miles from Ligonier 

Linn Run offers four separate trails ranging from half a mile to four miles that also connect to several Forbes State Forest trails. Biking is prohibited on Linn Run trails, but not to worry! You will get plenty of exercise and view nature’s beauty in all its glory as you hike past picturesque boulders and streams. 

Porcupine Trail at Powdermill Nature Reserve | 8 miles from Ligonier

At just a 3 mile round trip, this trail is one of the shortest on our list. The name is a little hint into what you might be lucky enough to run into— a porcupine! Stick around after your hike to see more animals or learn a thing or two about nature while at Powdermill.


Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail | 11 miles from Ligonier 

The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail boasts a 70-mile stretch of beautiful nature and lush greenery for you to explore. The trail is open year-round, offers several paths of varying difficulty, and is always available to quench your thirst for adventure!


Beams Rock | 12 miles from Ligonier

At only a quarter of a mile, Beams Rock is the perfect trail for children and dogs or just your mini escape from reality. This spot is a local favorite, so you know it’s guaranteed to be great, but that also means be prepared for traffic!


Wolf Rocks Trail | 13 miles from Ligonier

Just 25 minutes from Ligonier, Wolf Rocks is an easy to moderate 4.5-mile loop hike that promises adventure for both you and your dog, as long as he is leashed! This trail takes just under 2 hours to complete and provides a scenic view of the mountains when you reach the top.


Ohiopyle State Park | 34 miles from Ligonier

72 miles of hiking trails are one of the many features of Ohiopyle. Their trails range from beginner levels to extreme difficulty. The Youghiogheny River Trail is an ADA accessible, interstate path perfect for biking, jogging, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Ohiopyle is also home to Baughman Trail, a steep and rocky expert-level trail.

Written by Miranda Palmer