This loop is a sweet ride in that it offers a great woodland riding experience tucked back in the historical hills of the Laurel Highlands. The history of Laurel Summit dates back to the exploits of timber and mining companies whose sole interest was in taking all they could from the land. After they stripped the hills of their old-growth trees and mined the bluestone, the state purchased the ground to begin building the state forests as we know them today.
Outdoor recreation is the only human activity you’ll find now at Laurel Summit, and many folks come here from all around to unwind. Highlights: Beam Run Rocks, scenic vista, rock climbing, remote woodland trail, wildlife viewing opportunities, picnic area with spring water. Tread: The first 3.5 miles are on relatively flat dirt road; the next 7 miles are on grassy doubletrack. The grassy old woods road has two beautifully distinct hardpacked lines. The last mile runs along the flat, wide, hardpacked dirt of the old Pittsburgh, Westmoreland, and Somerset (PW&S) rail grade.
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