Exploring Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest

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Wolf Rocks Trail in western Pennsylvania.

Wolf Rocks in the Forbes State Forest is an outstanding scenic overlook approximately 9 miles northwest of Somerset, PA.


How to Find the Wolf Rocks Trail

Wolf Rocks Overlook is located at the end of the Wolf Rocks Trail.

The hike begins and ends at Laurel Summit State Park, a 6 acre park near the intersection of Linn Run Road and Laurel Summit Road.

If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 40.11842, -79.17625 for the Wolf Rocks Trail Head parking area.

How to find the Wolf Rocks Trail Head near Somerset Pennsylvania.
How to find the Wolf Rocks Trail Head near Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Driving in from the Fayette County direction, I’d recommend coming up Linn Run Road through Linn Run State Park, and stopping off at Adams Falls on the way.

Adams Falls in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania
Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park in Fayette County, PA.

Driving from the east in Somerset County, I’d recommend coming in via Laurel Summit Road, where you’ll pass right by the trail head for Beam Rocks Overlook.

An October morning at Beam Rocks in the Forbes State Forest.
An October morning at Beam Rocks in the Forbes State Forest.

Hiking the Wolf Rocks Trail

Most of the hike to Wolf Rocks Overlook takes place in the Forbes State Forest on a relatively flat, sometimes rocky, 2 mile trail (one-way) that allows you the option of doing the middle section as a loop.

A map of the Wolf Rocks Trail in the Forbes State Forest.
A map of the Wolf Rocks Trail in the Forbes State Forest.

I typically hike the Wolf Rocks Trail in a counterclockwise 4 mile loop, doing the section marked in yellow on the map above on the way out, and the section marked in white on the way back to my vehicle.

The trail itself is rather unremarkable, although you do pass though plenty of picturesque patches of laurel and tall ferns.

Ferns along the Wolf Rock Trail in Somerset County Pennsylvania
Ferns along the Wolf Rock Trail.

The real payoff is at the western terminus of the Wolf Rocks Trail, where it dead-ends into a 180 degree view of Linn Run State Park and Westmoreland County.

Wolf Rocks Overlook near Linn Run State Park.
Wolf Rocks Overlook near Linn Run State Park.

Exploring Wolf Rocks Overlook

Even from a satellite view, you can see that Wolf Rocks are quite expansive – nearly 150 feet of jutting cliffside to explore.

Satellite view of Wolf Rocks in Somerset County.
Satellite view of Wolf Rocks in Somerset County.

In the springtime, the view is a sea of verdant green!

Springtime at Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest
Springtime at Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.

While in late autumn, the burnt reds and oranges are equally magnificent.

Fall foliage at Wolf Rocks Overlook in Somerset County PA
Fall foliage at Wolf Rocks Overlook in Somerset County, PA.

The view to the northwest is in the general direction of Ligonier.

Wolf Rocks Overlook in Somerset County Pennsylvania
Wolf Rocks Overlook in Somerset County Pennsylvania

While the view to the southwest is in the direction of the PA Turnpike and Donegal.

Late autumn at Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.
Late autumn at Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.

The rocks that make up Wolf Rocks provide plenty of places to sit and take in the view.

Wolf Rocks in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
Wolf Rocks in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

Of course they also provide plenty of places for snakes to sun themselves, so be aware of your surroundings if visiting during warm weather.

Wolf Rocks Overlook on an autumn morning in the Laurel Highlands.
Wolf Rocks Overlook on an autumn morning in the Laurel Highlands.

Late fall is my favorite time to hike the Wolf Rocks Trail.

The snakes are generally not an issue by then, and the last of the fall foliage stands in stark contrast against the otherwise barren mountainsides.

November morning at Wolf Rocks in the Forbes State Forest.
November morning at Wolf Rocks in the Forbes State Forest.

Wolf Rocks truly is one of the best scenic overlooks in the Laurel Highlands!

Wolf Rocks Overlook near Laurel Summit State Park in PA.
Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Laurel Highlands.

Nearby Attractions

As mentioned earlier, Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park is just a few miles away.

Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park in Pennsylvania
Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park

Of course there are PLENTY more nearby waterfalls, and you’ll find directions to the best ones in my write-up “21 Must-See Waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands”.

Selfie at Lower Jonathan Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park
The author at Lower Jonathan Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.

Beam Rocks Overlook is another exceptional scenic overlook that you may have driven right past if you arrived at the Wolf Rocks Trail Head via Laurel Summit Road.

Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.
Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.

Located just minutes from the Wolf Rocks Trail Head, the Beam Rocks Trail and scenic overlook is a hike suitable for all ages.

A young hiker on the Beam Rocks Trail in the Forbes State Forest.
A young hiker on the Beam Rocks Trail in the Forbes State Forest.

Also, be sure to check out “The 10 Best Scenic Overlooks in the Laurel Highlands” for a list of ALL the best views in the region!

The author photographing an autumn sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author photographing an autumn sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.

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