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Linn Run State Park

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Looking Down on Linn Run State Park's Adam Falls
Looking Down on Linn Run State Park's Adam Falls

Linn Run State Park is 612 acres and borders Forbes State Forest. The varied topography and mixed hardwood and evergreen forest make this park a scenic place for picnicking, hiking and cabin rentals. Grove and Rock runs join to make Linn Run, an excellent trout stream which has a lovely waterfall, Adams Falls.

Directions

To reach the park from Ligonier, take U.S. Route 30 east for two miles. At the intersection of PA Route 381, turn south for two miles. Turn left on Linn Run Road at the small town of Rector.

Click here for door-to-door MapQuest driving directions.

Recreational Opportunities

Cabins: Ten rustic cabins are available for year-round rental. During the summer season, only weekly rentals are available. Cabins have simple furnishings that include: benches, tables, beds, electric heaters, fireplace inserts for heating, electric stove and refrigerator. Cabins are served by outside water spigots, rustic toilets, and a modern washhouse with showers and flush toilets. Call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS for reservations. One cabin is fully accessible.

Go to cabins for more information.

Cabin Map: You must have Adobe Acrobat to view this map. Go download a copy of Acrobat Reader. Go to the Linn Run cabin map. (19 kb)

Picnicking: The Adams Falls and Grove Run picnic areas contain picnic tables, drinking water, playgrounds and restrooms. Adams Falls has a picnic pavilion that can be reserved by calling 888-PA-PARKS. Recycling is available at both picnic areas. Please help by disposing of your trash in proper receptacles.

Fishing: Linn Run offers trout fishing. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply.

For complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.

Hunting and Firearms: Over 400 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, bear and squirrel. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for accessible hunting information.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. The park is used by other visitors during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or camp.

For complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.

Snowmobiling: Snowmobiles are permitted on the road in the cabin area only. Road access to Forbes State Forest snowmobile trails is near the cabin area.

Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is permitted along Linn Run Road only.

Hiking: 6 miles of trails

Adams Falls Trail is a 1 mile loop that features a mountain waterfall tucked in among rhododendron and hemlock. This trail passes by large boulders and is very rocky.

Iscrupe Trail is a .75 mile trail that follows the original Linn Run Road and was used by early visitors to the Adams Falls Public Use Area.

Flat Rock Trail is a .5 mile trail that concludes at a large, smooth rock in Linn Run stream. Swimming is not permitted in this area. Please be cautious, the rocks are very slippery!

Grove Run Trail is a 4-mile loop that starts with a gentle slope behind the Grove Run picnic area, and becomes progressively steeper. Part of this trail follows Grove Run.

Mountain bikes are NOT permitted on hiking trails.

Many of Linn Run's hiking trails connect to many miles of trails in the Forbes State Forest.

Access for People with Disabilities

Accessible picnic tables and parking spaces have been designated throughout the park. Located in the Rustic Cabin Area, our modern washhouse with chairlift will accommodate a person with a disability.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks:
888-PA-PARKS (voice)
717-558-2710 (local or international voice)
888-537-7294 (TTY)
717-558-2711 (local or international TTY)
711 (AT&T Relay Services)

History

Linn Run is in the heart of the Laurel Mountains. The mountainous land ranges from 1,300 feet to 2,800 feet above sea level. Most of the land was bought from the Byers and Allen Lumber Company for $42,662. When the Commonwealth acquired this land in 1909, it was the first major public purchase of denuded forest land in the Ohio River Basin. Today, it is difficult to visualize what this land looked like in 1909 or to imagine that some people questioned the wisdom of purchasing so much "wasteland."

About fifteen years prior to the acquisition of the Linn Run property, this entire area was clearcut. The old growth forest was transformed into an area devoid of timber and wildlife. Treetops littered the area. Saw logs were sold for lumber. Small logs were used for props in nearby coal mines. Hemlock bark, a source of tannin, was bundled and shipped to tanneries. The railroad that hauled timber and other products to market caused many severe wildfires.

In his first report (September 1909), Forester John R. Williams wrote, "I should say that fully three-fifths of the reserve has been burned over since lumbering was done. The fires did great damage to the young growth. Some places are covered with nothing but ferns and blackberry bushes." Occasional scars from those early fires can still be seen after years of forest rehabilitation.

In 1910, the newly formed Pennsylvania Game Commission cooperated with the former Department of Forestry to restock deer. White-tailed deer were imported from New York and Michigan for release throughout Pennsylvania.

Interesting traces remain of the Pittsburgh, Westmoreland and Somerset Railroad that serviced the area. The main line extended from Rector to Somerset. Because of heavy loads, the tracks switched back and forth across Linn Run several times. Along the Fish Run Trail in Forbes State Forest you will find traces of the old railroad bed.

The Laurel Mountain ski area, the first major ski resort in western Pennsylvania, was formerly owned and operated by General Richard K. Mellon. Started in 1939 as a private facility by Rolling Rock, it was opened to the public following World War II and became popularly known as the "Ski Capital of Pennsylvania."It served thousands of skiers from the Pittsburgh area. In September of 1963, General Mellon leased this tract of land and all its improvements to the Commonwealth. In the summer of 1964, he gave the property to the Commonwealth.

Nearby Attractions

For information or to make a reservation at any of these state parks, call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS.

Laurel Summit State Park: This 6-acre area offers picnic tables, a pavilion, drinking water and restrooms. In 1922, Laurel Summit campground had the highest elevation of any public campground in Pennsylvania. The "Summit" remained a public camping area until the late 1940s when it was designated a state park picnic area. This scenic area is 2,739 feet above sea level and several degrees cooler than surrounding towns. Laurel Summit is a carry-in/carry-out area. Please take all of your trash with you.

Laurel Summit provides trailhead parking for Forbes State Forest's Wolf Rocks Trail Spruce Flats Bog and access to many of the mountain biking and snowmobile trails in Forbes State Forest.

Wolf Rocks Vista is 2.7 miles from the Wolf Rocks Trailhead in Laurel Summit State Park. This trail is recommended for intermediate hikers because although it has a gentle grade, there is rough footing. Changing scenery and an intimate view of the mountains will reward the hiker. Excellent examples of frost cracks, frost wedging and slippage of Pocono Mountain Sandstone exist along the trail and at Wolf Rocks. Please use caution near the vista!

Spruce Flats Wildlife Management Area is a 305-acre tract including a bog. The area is being developed to provide cover, food and water for deer, turkey, grouse, waterfowl, songbirds, predatory birds and small mammals. Please stay on the boardwalk and out of the bog to protect pitcher plants, sundew and other unique plant species.

Laurel Ridge State Park: The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail is a 70-mile backpacking trail that runs from Ohiopyle, Pa. to the Conemaugh River near Johnstown.

Kooser State Park: This 250-acre wooded area has cabins, camping, group tenting, swimming and fishing.

Laurel Hill State Park: Located in Somerset County, Laurel Hill offers camping, hunting, organized group tenting, organized group camps, boating, fishing, environmental education programs, and swimming on 65-acre Laurel Hill Lake.

Forbes State Forest: The 50,000 acres of Forbes State Forest offers hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and other outdoor recreation in a nearly wilderness setting. Adjacent to Linn Run State Park are about 25 miles of marked andmaintained trials for cross-country skiing in winter or hiking in summer. Mountain Bike Trails are offered along some snowmobile trails during the summer season. Call Forbes State Forest or Linn Run State Park for a map. Mountain bikes are permitted only on designated trails.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Forbes State Forest
P. O. Box 519
Laughlintown, PA 15655
724-238-1200

Laurel Mountain State Park Ski Area: The 493-acre ski area is in Westmoreland County. To reach the park go eight miles east of Ligonier or five miles west of Jennerstown on U.S. Route 30, then turn south on Laurel Summit Road and travel for four miles.

Laurel Mt. Ski Area is run by a private concessionaire. Hours of operation vary. Please call before visiting the slopes.

Laurel Mountain Ski Resort
P.O. Box 657
Ligonier, PA 15658
724-238-9860

In an Emergency

Contact a park employee or dial 911.
For directions to the nearest hospital, look on bulletin boards or at the park office.

Nearest Hospital:
Latrobe Area Hospital
121 West 2 Avenue
Latrobe, PA 15650
724-537-1000

Pennsylvania State Parks Mission

The primary purpose of Pennsylvania State Parks is to provide opportunities for enjoying healthful outdoor recreation and serve as outdoor classrooms for environmental education. In meeting these purposes, the conservation of the natural, scenic, aesthetic, and historical values of parks should be given first consideration. Stewardship responsibilities should be carried out in a way that protects the natural outdoor experience for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

Protect and Preserve Our Parks

Please make your visit safe and enjoyable. Obey all posted rules and regulations and respect fellow visitors and the resources of the park.

  • Be prepared and bring the proper equipment. Natural areas may possess hazards. You are responsible for you and your family's safety.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Please camp only in designated camping areas and try to minimize your impact on the campsite.
  • Your pets are welcome in many areas, but are not permitted in overnight or swimming areas. Uncontrolled pets may chase wildlife or frighten visitors. Pets must be controlled and attended at all times and on a leash not exceeding six feet in length.
  • Do your part to keep wildlife wild! Enjoy wildlife from a safe distance and do not feed or approach wild animals.
  • Prevent fires by properly disposing of hot coals and having a fire in proper facilities. Do not leave a fire unattended.
  • Please park only in designated areas and obey all traffic regulations.
  • Please recycle. Place trash accumulated during your stay in proper receptacles, or take it home with you.
  • Soliciting and posting signs is prohibited without approval from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

For a detailed listing of the formal rules and regulations of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, please go to Summary of Regulations.

For More Information Contact

Linn Run/Laurel Mountain Complex
P.O. Box 50
Rector, PA 15677-0050
724-238-6623
e-mail: linnrunsp@state.pa.us
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