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I am taking my family camping at Parker Dam soon. Can anyone make any family friendly recommendations for things to do other than riding up to look for elk. Places to eat nearby? Hiking trails? Spots to fish? Any good places to look for bears? Whatever...Thanks in advance.
 

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Kunes camp on qhehanna highway is a cool place to check out. It's an old camp built in between some big boulders. It's a nice little hike from the road.
Cat rocks on 4 mile road is an interesting place .
 

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Check the website/F/B page for that park - they often have things to do/events listed for the parks.
 

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Denny's Beer Barrel pub is over the mountain in Clearfield. Food isn't that great but the atmosphere is cool. DuBois is just down the road with a bevy of options for food. As mentioned above Cooks Forrest is about 45 minutes or so away too. They have stuff going on all the itme. Plust the deer farm, river trips, horse riding, etc. We take out family up to Cooks all the time to hike and hang out.
 

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If you want easy hikes for the family, consider walking on gated forest roads, rather than the hiking trails.

The gated forest roads still give you a nice walk in the woods, but they are wider and more level, so easier to walk, less brush and branches to deal with, less chance of getting ticks or rattlesnake encounters, compared to hiking trails.

In state gamelands, it's fun to walk the gated roads in the morning or at dusk, when you can often see deer or elk in the food plots and grassy openings.
 

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Lots of opportunity to hike in the park. There’s a couple of trails that go through the area the tornados wiped out. Pretty neat to see what it all looks like today. As previously mentioned, the beach is pretty nice there as well. Lots of little cities around to explore, and don’t forget about the elk.
 

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The Applewood Grill in nearby Penfield has excellent BBQ and huge portions, a good family-friendly option if you need a change of pace from campfire cooking. Shaggers Inn Pond is a man-made shallow water impoundment that is not far from Parker Dam...it is picturesque, has decent fishing for largemouth bass, chain pickerel, perch, bluegills, and has been stocked with trout this year for the first time. The ride to Shaggers Inn takes you on Mud Run Rd through the park, onto Tyler Rd, McGeorge Rd, and finally on the Caledonia Pike...good opportunities for wildlife sightings including bears and rattlesnakes along any of those roads. Elk can be anywhere in the area at this time of year, I've been seeing some dandy bulls in the Weedville area this week. The hiking trails at Parker Dam are all nice. The lake at Parker Dam is stocked generously with trout plus there are largemouth bass and sunfish in there...we saw some bass on beds when we were trout fishing earlier in the spring and they were pretty darn big. Check the schedule of events online for the time that you'll be camping and you'll likely find some fun, educational programs being put on at the park.
 
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