Linn Run State Park

Ligonier, Pennsylvania 15658

Linn Run State Park

Linn Run State Park Professional Guide

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"There are some strenuous climbs as the trail makes its way alongside a stream, past a waterfall, and out of the first valley. Above the falls, smaller feeder streams wash over mossy rock outcroppings, creating grotto-like falls.

If you’ve never been to this area of the Laurel Highlands, you’re in for a treat. Driving the last few miles on PA 381 to the tiny village of Rector makes the whole trip worthwhile—and you don’t even have to get out of your car. In this remote area it’s hard to know where the countryside ends and the state parks begin. As Linn Run makes its way down the gorge from the Laurel Highlands to the Ligonier Valley, it widens substantially and takes on a more serene feel."

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"Despite being relatively short, this hike has enough climbs to get your attention. Add in a few waterfalls, a trail register that sometimes reads as funny as the script to a TV sitcom, and a section where the trail clings narrowly to a steep hill, and this is a fun walk. Because it starts and ends at a picnic area with water, restrooms, grills, and tables, it’s a great hike to combine with a picnic. This area is open to hunting and is very popular, especially in bear and deer seasons—late November and early December." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Pittsburgh (Menasha Ridge Press)
Donna L. Ruff
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"Don’t let the ascent at the beginning of this hike scare you. The trail is relatively flat along most of the route and offers a very peaceful stroll in the sometimes busy park. The visitor’s center is worth spending a little time in before or after hiking. Keystone State Park’s existence may well be credited in part to the park’s lake’s beginnings as part of the endeavors of the Keystone Coal and Coke Company. Owners of the company purchased the land from several farmers in 1909 and created the lake to serve as a reservoir and guard against drought. Originally, water from the reservoir was used to wash the coal mined from the land that today makes up much of Keystone State Park. Water from the reservoir flowed by gravity through wooden pipes to Salemville, where it was used to wash sulfur from the coal and to cool it after it was baked to make coke." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
919 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 hours
Spring, summer, fall
Additional Use
Linn Run State Park, PO Box 50, Rector 15677; (724) 238-6623; Forbes State Forest, 1291 Route 30 (PO Box 519), Laughlintown 15655; (724) 238- 1200;
Local Contacts
USGS Ligonier, PA
Local Maps