Laurel Highlands

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Autumn on a small road in Somerset County.

The Laurel Highlands is a region in southwestern Pennsylvania made up of Fayette County, Somerset County and Westmoreland County.[1] It has a population of about 600,000 people.

The region is approximately fifty-five miles southeast of Pittsburgh; the Laurel Highlands center on Laurel Hill and Chestnut Ridge of the Allegheny Mountains. The mountains making up the Laurel Highlands are the highest in Pennsylvania, with Mount Davis in Somerset County the highest point in the state at 3,213 feet (979 m). Because of the elevation, weather in the Laurel Highlands is generally cooler and wetter than in most other parts of the state.

The Laurel Highlands are a popular area for camping, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, whitewater kayaking, trout fishing, wildlife viewing, and downhill (and cross-country) skiing.

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  1. ^ "Laurel Highlands - visitPA". Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Retrieved 6 November 2011.

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Coordinates: 40°14′28″N 79°14′20″W / 40.241°N 79.239°W / 40.241; -79.239