Laurel Mill Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Laurel Mill Trail is a system of interconnecting loops totalling 10.7 miles for cross-country skiing and hiking. The trailhead offers parking, restroom, and a warming hut that are accessible for persons with disabilities.

If you are looking for solitude, try the loops on the southern side of the system.

The trail is groomed by volunteers.

"You Are Here" signs are located at trail junctions and other key locations.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is groomed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 Hours
Fees No fee
Permit Info: No permit required.
Open Season: January
Usage: Light
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Allegheny National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forest. Applicable Orders for this Site:
  • Bicycles on Forest Trails
Closest Towns: Marienville, PA
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Marienville Ranger District
Address: 131 Smokey Lane Marienville, PA 16239
Phone: 1-814-927-6628 Email:

General Information


From Ridgeway

  • Travel on Main St. to Halton-Spring Creek Road/T307
  • Travel on Halton-Spring Creek Road/T307 for 4 miles.
  • The tralhead is located on the right.

Recreation Map

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

The trails are marked with blue diamonds and challenges a wide range of skill levels.

  • Elk and Perseverance Loops are designated EASIEST
  • Scout Loop, Hemlock Loop and One Mile Loop are designated MORE DIFFICULT.
    • The Hemlock Loop offers some scenic views of the Ridgeway Reservoir as you go up Spillway Hill.
    • The Scout Loop adds some excitement as you twist down Suicide Slide and Brigg's Dike.
    • Enjoy Sam’s Slide on the One Mile Loop.
    • Ski cautiously over Lewis Run Bridge.
  • Sparrow Nest Loop is best suited for hiking.
Warming SheltersYes
Base ConditionsGroomed
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
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