The following is a list of Parks/Forests and Recreation Areas throughout the state of Pennsylvania.  They are listed by region.  For more information on these areas, just click on the park name.

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Lake Erie Region

Allegheny National Forest Region

Pocono Mountains/Endless Mountains

Pittsburgh Region

Valleys of the Susquehanna

Philadelphia and its Countryside/Lehigh Valley

Laurel Highlands/Southern Alleghenies

Hershey/Dutch Country Region

 

 

 

National Park

Park Name

Comments

Allegheny National Forest

Allegheny River and Reservoir. 18 camping areas.

Lake Erie Regon

Park Name

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Maurice K. Goddard State Park

The 1,860-acre Lake Wilhelm is an angler's paradise. Anglers visit the park year-round, although ice fishing acounts for many of the larger fish caught in Lake Wilhelm. Many state parks have varying levels of handicap accessible facilities.

Oil Creek State Park

The site of the world's first commercial oil well, Oil Creek State Park tells the story of the early petroleum industry by interpreting oil boom towns, oil wells and early transportation. The park has scenic deep hollows, steep hills, wetlands and a beautiful, meandering creek. Sites like these can be seen while traveling the 9.5-mile paved bicycle trail through the scenic Oil Creek Gorge, or on an excursion train.

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle is a recurving sand spit jutting out into Lake Erie and has the only surf beach in the Commonwealth. Its geological and biological diversity, and its historic signifigance will spark your interest. The location of the park on Lake Erie makes it a favorite spot for bird migration. Presque Isle is a National Natural Landmark. Visitors who stay into the evening hours can experience amazing sunsets. .

Pymatuning State Park

Pymatuning in one of the largest state parks in the Commonwealth. The large lake provides excellent fishing throughout the year. Pymatuning Lake is especially lovely in late spring evenings when the sunset gilds the waters and colorful sailboats appear to slide across a lake of gold. You might also want to stop by the spillway where the "Ducks Walk on the Fished Backs," or visit the nearby Fish and Boat Commission visitor centers to view the striking wildlife exhibits.

Pittsburgh Region

Park Name

Comments

Allegheny Island State Park

This state park is currently undeveloped.

Jennings Environmental Education State Park

Jennings Environmental Educational Center offers environmental education programs from the Touch and Grow pre-school environmental awareness program to environmental problem solving programs. Contact the center office for information on upcoming education programs. A unique attraction at the center s its relict prairie, which includes the spectacular and well-known prairie flower, the blazing star. The relict prairie ecosystem is rare in Pennsylvania. Visitors should try to visit in late July or early August when the prairie is in full bloom.

Moraine State Park

Moraine State Park seves as an outstanding example of how land can be reclaimed after being ruined through coal mining and gas and oil drilling. The clean up took many years and the results include 3,225-acre Lake Arthur, an outstanding warm water fishery that is also great for sailing and boating. Today, visitors sometime observe ospreys that were reintroduced at the park. Or special interest is the Frank Preston Conservation Area and a 7-mile paved bike trail that winds around the north shore of the lake.

Raccoon Creek State Park

This park is one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the Commonwealth. A centrally located 100-acre lake provides opportunities for outdoor recreation like fishing, boating and photographing and viewing waterfowl and other wildlife. The Raccoon Creek Wildflower Preserve is a botanical wonderland.

Hillman State Park

Managed for hunting, this park also has hiking trails.

Point State Park

Located at the tip of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle, Point State Park contains paved promenades along the riverfront and overlooks with dramatic views of the city, busy waterways and impressive hillside scenery. The fabulous water fountain celebrates where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers join to make the headwaters of the Ohio River. The park land was designated a National Historic Landmark for the strategic role it played during the French and Indian War.

McConnell's Mill State Park

Nestled amidst striking scenery and the deep gorge of the Slippery Rock Creek, a National Natural Landmark, McConnell's Mill State Park is a great place for an adventure. You can tour the restored rolling gristmill or the covered bridge. There is also scenic hiking, whitewater boating and two rock climbing rappelling areas.

Laurel Highlands/Southern Alleghenies

Park Name

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Blue Knob State Park

This park gives endless hours of solitude in the quiet and refreshing serenity of mountains and streams. Bob's Creek is great for trout fishing and Blue Knob boasts the second higest peak in the state, which gives great views of up to 42 miles. All park trails are open to mountain biking. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are winter favorites. Downhill skiing is avilable at Blueknob Ski Resort.

Canoe Creek State Park

Forests, fields, and a 155 acre lake are the feature attractions of Canoe Creek State Park. Learn about the unique geological features of the park and the world's largest colony of bats that call it home at the parks education center. Enjoy cabin camping, boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking.

Cowans Gap State Park

Perched on a mountain top and surrounded by Buchanan State Forest, Cowans Gap is a scenic place for a quiet getaway. Many park facilities, including the lake, picnic shelters, cabins and roads were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The cabin colony is on the National Register od Historic Places.

Greenwood Furnace State Park

Greenwood Furnace was the site of an active iron furnace community from 1834 to 1904. Historical programming provides a glimpse into the past. The visitor center is in a restored blacksmith shop that was part of the community. Along the Mid State Trail to the Greenwood Forest Fire Lookout Tower, you can view the charcoal hearths where wood was made into charcoal that fueled the Greenwood furnaces years ago.

Keystone State Park

Keystone State Park is great for family vacations year-round. Camping, modern cabins, trails of all sorts, a lake and a swimming beach provide an ideal setting for a summer outing. The park is within easy driving distance from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and its many attractions.

Kooser State Park

This park is stamped with the character of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. Log, stone and mortar consrtuction is evident in many structures. Picturesque cabins, beach and camping provide relaxing scenery. Kooser State Park is bounded by Forbes State Forest on two sides and is an ideal spot to start an overnight backpacking trip on the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.

Laurel Hill State Park

The 63-acre Laurel Hill Lake is a focal point of the park. Laurel Hill is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine state park and state forest lands. A trail system invites you to hike and explore the park and observe a diversity of plants and wildlife. A beautiful stand of old growth hemlocks lies along the Hemlock Trail.

Laurel Mountain State Park

Downhill skiing, hiking and cross-country skiing trails. This new facility features a new lodge, state-of-the-art snow-making machinery, quad chair lift, half-pipe snowboarding park, snowtubing run, rental facility and ski shop.

Laurel Ridge State Park

Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along the Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. This large park spans four counties. Most visitors come to the park to enjoy hiking. The Laurel Highlands Trail extends over 70 miles and features trail shelters for overnight camping. For seasoned hikers there are rugged areas of the trail with steep rocks and slopes and for the more caual hiker there are sections which are reasonably level and pleasant. Cross-country skiing is popular in the winter.

Laurel Summit State Park

This popular scenic area draws visitors throughout the year. At an elevation of 2,739 feet above sea level, it provides a commanding view of Laurel Ridge and the surrounding region. Visitors will enjoy the remote feeling of this wooded picnic area.

Linn Run State Park

Linn Run State Park is surrounded by Forbes State Forest. The varied topography and mixed hardwood and evergreen forest make this park a scenic place for picnicking, hiking and cabin rentals. Grove and Rock runs join to make Linn Run, an excellent trout stream which has a lovely waterfall, Adams Falls, near the park entrance.

Ohiopyle State Park

An exhilarating park to see and experience, the focal point of this area is the more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River Gorge that churns through the heart of Ohiopyle. The famous Lower Yough, below the scenic Ohiopyle Falls, provides some of the best whitewater boating in the Eastern US. Other points of interest include Cucumber Falls and the Cucumber Run Ravine which is blanketed with wildflowers and blooming rhododendron. Hiking and biking along the 28-mile Youghiogheny River Trail also provides awesome views of the river and cascading feeder streams.

Prince Gallitzin State Park

The vivid landscape at Prince Gallitzin State Park draws visitors to this area during all seasons of the year. The large lake draws boaters, anglers and wildlife. An assortment of activities provides fun for the whole family. Camping at the park is a major activity and visitors will find modern facilities in a picturesque mountain setting.

Ryerson Station State Park

Ryerson Station is located in Southwestern Pennsylvania's hill country. Steep slopes, delightful vistas, and charming small towns and villages surround the park. Located in a bowl of surrounding hills, the park's Duke Lake had trout and warm water species of fish.

Shawnee State Park

40,850 acres in five divisions.

Trough Creek State Park

Located along a scenic gorge created as Greater Trough Creek cuts through Terrace Mountain and empties into Raystown lake. Trough Creek State Park was recognized for its natural and geological beauty during the mid-1930s when the CCC constructed park trails and facilities. This park offers beautiful hiking trails, scenic picnicking and is a quiet place to relax.

Warriors Path State Park

The Raystown Branch of the Juniata River meanders around the finger of land that is Warriors Path State Park. Unique habitats exist as a result of the river formation. A freshwater swamp and weathered shale cliffs are an example of the unique natural wonders this park offers. Nearby Raystown Lake Recreation Area is a favorite camping and boating spot for many park visitors.

Whipple Dam State Park

A beautiful day use area. Whipple Dam State Park provides a delightful and quiet visit. The sandy beach on the lake is the perfect place to indulge in a refreshing dip. Whether you enjoy boating, fishing or picnicking, this park is sure to please.

Yellow Creek State Park

The rolling terrain at Yellow Creek State Park provides easy walking trails for visitors of all ages. The picnic areas of the park are neatly arranged and provide visitors with privacy while gazing out over the picturesque lake.

Allegheny National Forest Region

Park Name

Comments

Bendigo State Park

The peace and tranquility of this small park envelop the visitor. Located in a valley on a bank of the East Branch of the Clarion River, a charming streamside picnic area sits amidst a mixture of hardwood trees. A trout stream provides ample opportunities for anglers and the swimming pool is a big hit in the summer.

Bucktail State Park

Hemmed in by mountains, this state park scenic drive follows PA route 120 as it winds from Lock Haven to Emporium along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and the Sinnemahoning Creek. The scenic drive has no recreational facilities. In June, the mountain laurel is in bloom and in early October the fall colors are breathtaking.

Chapman State Park

Adjacent to the Allegheny National Forest and State Game Lands No. 29, Chapman sits on the banks of the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. Among its many recreational offerings, the park boasts a 68-acre lake that provides swimming at a beach and warm and cold fishing.

Cherry Springs State Park

Cherry Springs is a favorite camping and picnicking spot. A yearly Woodsman's Show is the highight of the summer. This park is nearly as remote and wild today as it was a century ago.

Clear Creek State Park

Set along the Clarion River, Clear Creek is a cozy getaway and a canoeist's paradise. Whether you bring your own canoe or rent one, a popular activity is the 11-mile trip from Clear Creek to Cook Forest State Park. Rustic log and stone cabins are nestled among ancient pines and hemlocks, making this park the perfect place to spend a secluded rustic vacation.

Colton Point State Park (PA Grand Canyon)

Colton Point lies on the west rim of Pine Creek Gorge, called the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. The park offers spectacular scenic overlooks. In early October, the large abundance of hardwood trees transforms the lanscape into a fall foliage kaleidoscope.

Cook Forest State Park

Cook Forest's stand of old growth white pine and hemlock timber, called the Forest Cathedral, is a National Natural Landmark. This is one of the largest stands of old growth timber in the Commonwealth. One of the best ways to see and enjoy the priceless beauty of Cook Forest is to hike the 30-mile trail network.

Denton State Park

In the midst of the famous Snow Belt of northern Pennsylvania, Denton Hill State Park offers great downhill skiing at the Ski Denton Ski Resort. Easy access from PA Route 6 and diverse facilities, including rental cabins and groomed slopes, will appeal to expert and beginner skiiers.

Elk State Park

The main attraction at Elk State Park is the 1,160-acre lake with unlimited horsepower boating. For the more adventurous, water-skiing is an alternative to the serenity of fishing on the lake and in nearby streams. The lake and streams are stocked with both warm and cold water species of fish.

Hills Creek State Park

Located in scenic Tioga County, Hills Creek State Park abounds in wildlife. Osprey, loon and waterfowl visit the lake that boasts a variety of warm water fish species. Camping, cabins, swimming beach and picnicking make this an ideal spot for a family vacation.

Kinzua Bridge State Park

Kinzua Bridge, a famous Pennsylvania landmark, is designated a National Engineering Landmark. An excursion train travels through the Allegheny National Forest and over the bridge. When this viaduct was built in 1881, it was the world's highest and longest railroad bridge at 301 feet tall, and 2,053 feet long.

Leonard Harrison State Park (PA Grand Canyon)

This park offers spectacular scenic vistas and a fabulous view of Pine Creek Gorge, Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon. The park hiking trails transverse very rugged terrain, passing close to many steep cliffs affording an abundance of unique sights. The 18-mile Pine Creek Trail runs through the bottom of the gorge and provides great bicycling.

Lyman Run State Park

The mixed northern hardwood forest of mostly maples and cherry provides a scenic setting for the park. A 45-acre lake offers recreation for swimmers, boaters and fisherman. In addition, facilities are provided for picnicking, family camping, hiking, hunting and backpacking. Winter activities include ice fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Ole Bull State Park

The park is referred to as the Black Forest of Pennsylvania. Its dense tree cover and mountainous terrain attracts thousands of campers who bask in the serenity of the forested scenery along Kettle Creek.

Parker Dam State Park

This rustic, remote park in the heart of Moshannon State Forest is almost entirely wooded and offers picturesque areas of forest and swamp meadows, pine plantations and mixed hardwoods. The CCC Interpretive Center interprets the Civilian Conservation Corps. Parker Dam is a good base to explore the surrounding state forest.

Patterson State Park

Located in a remote area, Patterson has two rustic picnic pavillions for visitors to enjoy a quiet lunch. Patterson is a trailhead for the Susquehannock Trail, a favorite of backpackers.

Prouty Place State Park

Prouty Place State Park is a small, quaint, rest area located in a remote area near Coudersport. Hikers will find this park a convenient spot to rest from a journey along the Susquehannock Trail.

S.B. Elliott State Park

S.B. Elliott is a quiet, rustic, mountaintop recreational area just off of I-80 near the mid-point of the state. Once ravaged by the logging industry, the park now contains magnificent stands of maturing oak and maple that dominate the mountaintop. The park's rustic log cabins are perfect for a quiet getaway.

Sinnemahoning State Park

Located at the first fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek, this park offers a picturesque view of surrounding peaks and deep valleys. The diverse habitat supports the American bald eagle, black bear and white-tailed deer. Interpretive pontoon boat rides on George B. Stevenson Reservoir are available during the summer to allow a closer look at lake wildlife.

Sizerville State Park

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this hidden state park. Sizerville provides a gateway to Elk State Forest and is a trailhead for the Bucktail Trail, a popular backpacking trail of northcentral Pennsylvania. Within the park you'll find beautiful white pines, hemlocks, spring wildflowers, a butterfly garden and flaming fall foliage in early October.

Valleys of the Susquehanna

Park Name

Comments

Bald Eagle State Park

The rugged Bald Eagle Mountains and Allegheny Plateau enhance the beauty of the 1,730-acre lake that features unlimited horesepower boating. Hiking and butterfly trails make for a grand experience if you like to observe wildlife. Swimming is available at a sand beach.

Big Spring State Park

Tucked in the side of the Tuscarora Ridge of the Appalachain Mountains, Big Spring State Park is a quaint picnic and hiking area. A short loop trail leads to a never-completed railroad tunnel with historic interpretation at the trailhead. The park also provides access to the Iron Horse Trail for day or overnight hiking.

Black Moshannon State Park

Perched on the top edge of the Allegheny Plateau, Black Moshannon State Park features the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area. Trails and a boardwalk help people explore the birds and plants of the bog and the surrounding forests. Stay overnight to extend your stay so you can explore the beautiful forests on the hiking trails.

Fowlers Hollow State Park

Fowlers Hollow has an allure all its own. From this picnic area at the edge of Tuscarora State Forest, you can walk the trail system or Hemlock Road to the enchanting Hemlock Natural Area. In the late 1800s, the picnic area of the park was the site of a sawmill that supplied lumber products to the forest industry.

Hyner Run State Park

Hyner Run derives its name from the trout stream that flows through the park. Surrounding forest lands are good spots to look for the elusive bobcat and other wildlife.

Hyner View State Park

Hyner View State Park features a scenic vista overlooking the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and is a favorite spot for hang gliding.

Kettle Creek State Park

Kettle Creek State Park features mountainous terrain and wilderness habitat. Kettle Creek is a premier trout stream. Kettle Creel Lake is noted for its trout and bass fishing and the surrounding Sproul State Forest provides many acres for hunting. Creekside camping is available.

Little Buffalo State Park

Little Buffalo State Park has been a gathering place for centuries. Besides having extensive picnic areas and a lake for fishing, the park is steeped in history. Historical features include a covered bridge, a restored operating grist mill, an old farm house built on the site of a colonial era tavern, and a narrow gauge railroad trace which features one of the original railroad cars.

Little Pine State Park

94 acre lake is available for motor or non-power boating. A maze of trails offers the opportunity to explore by foot, bike, ski, or snowmobile. Enjoy such winter sports as ice-fishing, sledding, and cross-country skiing.

McCall Dam State Park

Built on the site of the old McCall Dam, this park now offers an outdoor classroom for those interested in environmental education. Visitors can explore the creek, fish, or hike. A meadow is available for organized group tenting, if there is adult supervision. Enjoy Nature's getaway and contribute to the care of the environment.

Milton State Park

Milton's 84 acre island park is divided in half with half for restricted day-use and half for hiking and natural study. Enjoy day-time picnicking, shoreline fishing, and playfields. The wooded half offers peaceful trails.

Penn Roosevelt State Park

This park is located in the scenic Seven Mountains area of Pennsylvania. The Mid State Trail bisects the park and provides backpacking opportunties in the Ridge and Valley Province. Extensive forested areas provide hikers with a variety of habitats, wildlife and many scenic vistas.

Poe Paddy State Park

Along Penn's Creek, camping, trout fishing, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing. This unusual site was once a lumbering mill until the end of the 1800's. It is next to two mountains, (Poe Mountain, and Paddy Mountain) that were once a giant one, until erosion turned them into a pair about a million years ago. Surrounded by Bald Eagle State Forest.

Poe Valley State Park

Camping, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, lake,cross-country skiing. This unusual site was once a lumbering mill until the end of the 1800's. It is next to two mountains, (Poe Mountain, and Paddy Mountain) that were once a giant one, until erosion turned them into a pair about a million years ago. Surrounded by Bald Eagle State Forest.

R.B. Winter State Park

This lovely park is located in a valley surrounded by forest. A spring fed mountain stream winds its way through R.B. Winter State Park. Visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, swimming, hunting, hiking, and snowmobiling. The camping areas are open April through the end of antlerless deer season.

Ravensburg State Park

Creek, picnicking, fishing, hiking, tent camping. this park was named for ravens that used to be here in profusion. It has pretty much remained undisturbed in over one hundred years.

Reeds Gap State Park

Reeds Gap State Park offers recreational opportunities for every season of the year. Fishing, camping, picnicking, and swimming during the summer. Hunting is popular in the fall. Winter brings the opportunity to cross-country ski. Hiking is a year round favorite for those who would like to take in the forest surrounding the park.

Sand Bridge State Park

Sand Bridge State Park is a small area set aside for picnicking. Sit and enjoy the peaceful quiet and the surrounding scenery. A pavilion is provided.

Shikellamy State Park

Shikellamy State Park is made up of two distinct areas. First, Packers Island has a large marina and paved trails. Second, Blue Hill, which offers a panoramic view of the Susquehanna River. Picnicking, hiking, and biking, and fishing are popular activities in this large park.

Susquehanna State Park

This park emerged from a cooperative flood control project on the west branch of the Susquehanna River. Operated by the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce, Susquehanna State Park's primary attraction is the riverboat Hiawatha.

Upper Pine Bottom State Park

Upper Pine Bottom State Park is surrounded by the huge Tiadaghton State Forest. A welcome rest stop for many a visitor, the park offers a picnic area and access to hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Hershey/Dutch Country Region

Park Name

Comments

Buchanan's Birthplace State Park

A small 18.5 acre park memorializing the birthplace of the United States' 15th president, James Buchanan. Picnic areas and shelters are available in the park if you would like to spend an afternoon. Also inside the bounds of Buchanan's Birthplace State Park, you'll find a trail leading to the crest of Tuscarora Mountain.

Caledonia State Park

Caledonia is a treasure for nature enthusiasts and historians. Because it is near Gettysburg, the park has become a favorite for Civil War buffs who find it ideal for family outings. Other unique features of this park include an 18-hole golf course, part of the Appalachain Trail which traverses through the central portion of the park, and the Totem Pole Playhouse which offers daily performances during the summer months.

Codorus State Park

Sprawling 1,275 acres, Lake Marburg is a hot spot for anglers, boaters and swimmers. The forests of Codorus stand in tall contrast to the surrounding farmlands. Codorus is an excellent place to observe waterfowl and warblers during their spring and fall migrations.

Colonel Denning State Park

For the sightseer and nature photographer, Colonel Denning is a park of surprises, great beauty and charm. The wooded park nestles at the side of a mountain and has a scenic lake and excellent hiking trails. A hike on a 2.5-mile trail rises to Flat Rock for a beautiful vista of the Cumberland Valley.

French Creek State Park

Set amidst the old, quaint and picturesque farmland of southeast Pennsylvania, French Creek offers two lakes, Hopewell and Scotts Run, extensive forests and almost 40 miles of hiking trails. Adjacent to the park lies Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site that features a cold-blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance.

Gifford Pinchot State Park

This picturesque park is situated among gently rolling farm fields and heavily wooded hillsides. All stages of forest succession can be observed at the park and provide habitat for abundant wildlife. Pinchot Lake is a great warm-weather fishery and is popular for sailing.

Memorial Lake State Park

This quaint park has a lake for canoeing, wind-surfing and fishing, hiking trails and lots of beatuiful scenery. Whether you are a traveler who wants a pleasant picnic, or someone who needs a respite from a busy day, Memorial Lake provides it all in a quiet setting.

Mont Alto State Park

Once the site of an old iron furnace, Mont Alto State Park is the oldest state park in Pennsylvania. Picnicking is a very popular activity. Nearby attractions include Michaux State Forest and Penn State Mont Alto Campus.

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

National Historic Area. Picnicking, swimming, lake, hiking,fishing, hunting, and camping. Once the site of the Pine Grove Furnace Iron Works. Visit the Iron Master's Mansion.

Samuel S. Lewis State Park

Samuel S. Lewis State Park is situated at the highest point in the region. From its 71 acres, visitors are able to gaze down into the valley at the Susquehanna River. Hiking and kite-flying are popular activities here, and pavilions are available for a rental fee.

Susquehannock State Park

Native holly, rhododendron, and wild flowers are just awaiting your discovery in scenic Susquehannock State Park trails. Enjoy scenic views of the Susquehanna river, Mt. Johnson Island and Conowingo Reservoir in this 224 acre park. Hiking and horseback riding are popular reasons to visit the park.

Swatara State Park

Eight miles of Swatara Creek leisurely wind through this park that once held a man-made lake that provided water to the feeder branch of the historic Union Canal. Plants are in progress to create a man-made lake that mirrors the canal lake. Part of the Appalachain Trail transverses the southern portion of the park and the Swatara Multi-purpose Trail crosses the northern part of the park.

Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center

Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center offers environmental education programs from the Touch and Grow pre-school environmental awareness program to environmental problem solving programs. Contact the center office for a listing of upcoming educational programs. Sitting astride South Mountain, Kings Gap offers a panoramic view of the Cumberland Valley. Sixteen miles of hiking trails interconnect three main areas and are open year round.

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

The Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center offers environmental education programs from the Touch and Grow pre-school environmental awareness program to environmental problem solving programs. Contact the center office for a listing of upcoming educational programs. The center covers more than 665 acres of beautiful deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations. A trail network crosses the center's streams, ponds and diverse habitats.

Pocono Mountains/Endless Mountains

Park Name

Comments

Archbald Pothole State Park

This park boasts the world's largest glacial pothole, 38 feet deep and up to 42 feet wide. The pothole formed during the Wisconsin Glacial Period about 15,000 years ago. Hiking trails and play fields are planned for the park.

Beltzville State Park

Beltzville Lake is seven miles long and features fishing, swimming, water sports and unlimited horsepower boating. Along the shore of the lake you can sometimes find fossils. A hike on the Wild Creek Trail leads to waterfalls, and Sawmill Trail wanders through mature forests and by a lovely creek. There is a fully accessible playground in the day use area.

Big Pocono State Park

Perched on Camelback Mountain, Big Pocono State Park is rugged and scenic. A paved scenic drive encircles the mountaintop and provides a magnificent view of vast portions of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

Frances Slocum State Park

The horseshoe-shaped lake provides 165-acres for boating and fishing. The forests and fields of the park are habitat for a diversity of wildlife. The park is named for a young girl who was kidnapped by a Lenni Lenape raiding party in 1778. Frances Slocum spent her first night of captivity in a rock shelter in the park. The visitor center highlights American Indian culture and tells the story of Frances Slocum.

Gouldsboro State Park

Boating on the lake is a favortie pastime for many park visitors. Other activities include hiking, picnicking, fishing, hunting and swimming. Gouldsboro State Park provides access to the 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake operated in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Hickory Run State Park

Hickory Run is a favorite of those who enjoy scenic areas. The Boulder Field, a striking boulder-strew area, is a National Natural Landmark located in the northeast corner of the park. This large park has over 40 miles of hiking trails and three state park natural areas. Miles of trout streams are popular with anglers. While at the park learn about lumbering history, observe wildlife, see Hawk Falls or spend a relaxing evening around the campfire.

Lackawanna State Park

Lackawanna State Park is packed with fun. There is a campground, organized group tenting sites and a pool. Boaters and anglers enjoy Lackawanna Lake and Kennedy Creek. This park is a favorite of canoeists, hikers, nature enthusiasts and campers.

Lehigh Gorge State Park

The Lehigh River carves through the park in a steep-walled canyon. It is one of the most scenic rivers in America and features whitewater boating. This section of the Lehigh River is Class II-III whitewater. Visitors who enjoy adventure will also love hiking or mountain biking using more than 25 miles of abandoned railroad grade that follow the river through the park.

Locust Lake State Park

Situated at the head of a steep, wooded valley, this popular camping spot is heavily forested and the only cleared area is the 52-acre lake. A bike trail and a number of hiking trails wind through the park and vary in difficulty from a level paved trail around the lake to steep and challenging trails for hearty hikers.

Mt. Pisgah State Park

This park is located in the Endless Mountain region of the state's Northern Tier. At the base of Mt. Pisgah and set along Mill Creek, this park has a lake and provides year-round enjoyment for visitors. Plan ahead for a spring visit and take in a maple-sugaring program or try the autumn and immerse yourself in the beautiful fall colors.

Nescopeck State Park

This state park is currently undeveloped.

Promised Land State Park

Promised Land lies in the heart of the Poconos. Two lakes, campgrounds, many hiking trails and beautiful scenery make the park a popular destination in all seasons. Within the park you can still see the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps done in the 1930s. A seasonal museum explores CCC contributions and area wildlife.

Prompton State Park

This state park is currently undeveloped.

Ricketts Glen State Park

Ricketts Glen harbors Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark. Take the Falls Trail and explore the Glens which boasts a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. The 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls. Old growth timber and diverse wildlife add to the scenic area. Spend a day or two at Ricketts Glen and stay in the campground or in modern cabins.

Salt Spring State Park

This park is a great place for a picnic. The picnic area is by a small stream where you can enjoy a quiet meal. Old growth hemlocks, estimated at 500 to 600 years old are a high point of any visit. Also located in the park are the waterfalls of Fall Brook.

Tobyhanna State Park

Tobyhanna Lake is a popular trout fishing spot. If you enjoy a challenge, try ice fishing on the lake. If you're camping at the park, come prepared for cool night temperatures. At 2,100 feet above sea level the night air can be chilly.

Tuscarora State Park

Set in a deeply wooded valley, Tuscarora State Park is at the southern end of Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Region. Nestled against Locust Mountain, visitors will find many year-round recreational opportunities like boating and fishing, and opportunities to see wildlife.

Worlds End State Park

Virtually in a class by itself, this wild, rugged and rustic area seems almost untamed. Camping, cabins and hiking on the Loyalsock Trail attract many visitors to Worlds End State Park. The scenery is spectacular, especially the June mountain laurel bloom and fall foliage. Canyon Vista, reached via Mineral Spring and Cold Run roads, provides outstanding views.

Philadelphia and its Countryside/Lehigh Valley

Park Name

Comments

Benjamin Rush State Park

This undeveloped state park is a mixture of open fields and woodlots in the northeast corner of Philadelphia. The park has the world's largest community gardens.

Delaware Canal State Park

A walk along the 60-mile towpath of the Delaware Canal is a stroll into American history. The Delaware Canal is the only remaining continuously intact canal of the great towpath canal building era of the early and mid-19th century. Mule-drawn canal boat rides and the Lock House Visitor Center are at New Hope. You can view American shad and striped bass returning to their historic range at the fish passageway at the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers in Easton.

Evansburg State Park

This park is a haven for hikers, equestrians and folks who want to picnic and relax. You can take a walk along Skippack Creek or visit the Friedt Visitor Center that provides insight into German Mennonite living in the 18th and 19th centuries. The 18 hole Skippack Golf Course is one of only two golf courses in the state park sytem.

Fort Washington State Park

This beautiful park interests historians of the American Revolution. The park takes its name from the redoubt fort built by George Washington's troops in the fall of 1777. After leaving the area, Washington went on to Valley Forge where the American spirit had its first rendezvous with destiny. This park is popular for hikers. Bird watchers enjoy the seasonal migration of raptors from the fully accessible observation deck.

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center offers environmental education programs from the Touch and Grow pre-school environmental awareness program to environmental problem solving programs. Contact the center office for information on upcoming educational programs. Once the site where the famous Henry Rifle was made, the Jacobsburg National Historic District lies almost entirely within the park. Henrys Woods offers very scenic hikes and the rest of the center grounds have muti-use trails.

Marsh Creek State Park

Marsh Creek Lake is especially popular with sailboaters and windsurfers who take advantage of the combination of good natural terrain and prevailing wind to enjoy their sport. Nature lovers will enjoy a pleasant walk on hiking trails or the Larkins Covered Bridge located in the northeast section of the park.

Neshaminy State Park

Neshaminy State Park provides beautiful boating access to the Delaware River and contains the only estuary in the state. The picnic areas and swimming pool are the most popular park attractions. Just minutes from center city Philadelphia, this park has a clean, open, relaxing appearance.

Nockamixon State Park

In southeastern Pennsylvania, the name Nockamixon is synonymous with boating. Four public launching areas are provided on the lake and boats may be rented from a park concession. Visitors enjoy watching sailboats from a bench at the marina and the equestrian, bicycle and hiking trails.

Norristown Farm Park

This park is operated by the Montgomery County Dept. of Parks, The many farm fields of the park are a green oasis in this fast growing suburban setting. There is a paved hiking/biking trail, ballfields, and fishing is Stony Creek.

Ralph Stover State Park

Situated along Tohickon Creek, Ralph Stover State Park affords visitors a generous portion of recreational and simple outdoor pleasures. When high water conditions exist, the creek offers a challenging course for closed-deck canoes and kayaks. The High Rocks area is a favored rock climbing challenge for expert rock climbers. A short hiking trail provides access to the splendid view from the top of High Rocks.

Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek provides history, scenic beauty and natural wonders. Shaded equestrian, hiking and bicycling trails lace the woodlands and old meadows, providing avenues for exploration. Within the park is the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, which depicts a Delaware County Quaker farm prior to the American Revolution. Adjacent to the park is the Tyler Arboretum, a great place to learn about horticulture.

Tyler State Park

The meandering waters of Neshaminy Creek flow through the park and are perfect for the weekend canoeist or angler. The park features overnight accomodations through Hostelling International, 10 miles of paved bicycling trails, a playhouse--Spring Garden Mill, operated by the Langhorne Players--and several children's play areas. The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen's spring and fall craft events draw people from all over the region.

White Clay Creek Preserve

The White Clay Creek Valley forms the core of the preserve. The park varies from steep to rolling terrain with some flat bottomland. There are many historical points of interest in and around the park. The park adjoins White Clay Creek State Park of Delaware.

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