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.
Driving in from the Westmoreland County direction, I’d recommend coming up Linn Run Road through Linn Run State Park, and stopping off at Adams Falls on the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the springtime, the view is a sea of verdant green!
While in late autumn, the burnt reds and oranges are equally magnificent.
The view to the northwest is in the general direction of Ligonier.
While the view to the southwest is in the direction of the PA Turnpike and Donegal.
The rocks that make up Wolf Rocks provide plenty of places to sit and take in the view.
Of course they also provide plenty of places for snakes to sun themselves, so be aware of your surroundings if visiting during warm weather.
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.
Wolf Rocks truly is one of the best scenic overlooks in the Laurel Highlands!
Spruce Flats Bog is accesed via a trail originating from the same parking lot as the Wolf Rocks Trail.
As mentioned earlier, Adams Falls at Linn Run State Park is just a few miles away.
Of course there are PLENTY more nearby waterfalls, and you’ll find directions to the best ones in my write-up “22 Must-See Waterfalls 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.
Located just minutes from the Wolf Rocks Trail Head, the Beam Rocks Trail and scenic overlook is a hike suitable for all ages.
Also, be sure to check out “The 11 Best Scenic Overlooks in the Laurel Highlands” for a list of ALL the best views in the region!
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