PENNSYLVANNIA STATE PARKS
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of State Parks
P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551
Reservations: 800/PA-PARKS (888/727-2757)
Local or outside of the USA 717/558-2710, TTY 888/537-7294
Local or outside USA TTY: 717/558-2711.
Pennsylvania boasts one of the largest systems of state parks and state forests in the country. Covering nearly 2.4 million acres, these public lands are carefully conserved to provide access to scenic beauty, natural treasures, learning experiences and recreation. With almost endless miles of rivers, trails and woodlands, Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests have great appeal.
There are 281 state park cabins in 28 state parks throughout Pennsylvania.
Operating Times: State parks and forests are open year around. Most facilities in state parks are available from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. All state park day-use areas are open year around from 8 am – sunset, unless posted otherwise. Snack bars, swimming pools and boat rentals normally operate only in the summer. State forest district offices are open weekdays 8 am - 4 pm.
Rustic Cabins: Most Pennsylvania State Park cabins were built of stone and wood by the CCC in the 1930’s. All cabins are equipped with minimal furnishings that include bunks and/or single beds, mattresses, tables, chairs, modern stoves and refrigerators. No bedding, utensils, or firewood is provided. Rustic cabins have no indoor bathrooms or plumbing. Each cabin is intended for use by one family, and must be vacated by 10 am on the final day.
Modern Cabins and Houses: Each modern cabin has carpeting, electric heat, bedrooms, living room/dining room, bathroom and kitchen. These are beautiful log cabins with wooded cathedral ceilings in the main living area and modern conveniences throughout. These houses come in two-bedroom units that sleep six, and three bedrooms, that sleeps 8. Each cabin has one double bed and bunk bed for varied sleeping arrangements. Certain state parks have one-of-a-kind house available.
Wheelchair Accessible: Black Moshannon, Keystone, Moraine and Pymatuning.
Reservation Policies: you can call up to 11 months in advance or within two days or arrival. Call Monday through Saturday from 7 am – 5 pm. Pay with MasterCard, Visa, check or money order, Call 800/PA-PARKS, or local or outside the U.S. at 717/558-2710. TT/TDD 888/53-7294, or TT/TDD outside the U.S. or local at 717/558-2711. If paying by check send it to State Park Reservations, PO Box 7268, Lancaster, PA 17604-7268.
Cabin Rental Rates:
Note: Prices include 6% PA hotel tax.
First rate is Non-resident; second rate is Resident
Sleeps 6 Per Week $316.00 $381.00
Per Night – Friday.-Saturday. $79.00 $95.00
Per Night – Sunday.- Thursday. $47.00 $57.00
Sleeps 7/9 Per Week $394.00 $472.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday $99.00 $118.00
Per night – Sunday. – Thursday. $59.00 $71.00
Sleeps 10/12 Per Week $414.00 $492.00
Per Night $104.00 $123.00
Per Night Sunday.-Thursday. $62.00 $74.00
Prices Include 6% PA sales tax.
FFirst rateis Non-resident; Second rate is Resident
Sleeps 2/3 Per Week $127.00 $152.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday. $32.00 $38.00
Per Night – Sunday –Thursday. $19.00 $23.00
Sleeps 4/5 Per Week $172.00 $204.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday. $43.00 $51.00
Per Night – Sunday –Thursday. $28.00 $31.00
Sleeps 6/7 Per Week $213.00 $254.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday. $53.00 $64.00
Per Night – Sunday –Thursday. $32.00 $38.00
Sleeps 8/9 Per Week $254.00 $308.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday. $64.00 $77.00
Per Night – Sunday –Thursday $38.00 $46.00
Sleeps 10/11 Per Week $299.00 $361.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday. $75.00 $90.00
Per Night – Sunday –Thursday.. $45.00 $54.00
Rustic Cabins at S.B. Elliott State Park:
Prices include 6% PA sales tax.
Sleeps 4/5 Per Week $92.00 $112.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday $23.00 $28.00
Per Night – Sunday–Thursday $14.00 $17.00
Sleeps 6/7 Per Week $120.00 $144.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday $30.00 $36.00
Per Night – Sunday–Thursday $18.00 $22.00
Sleeps 8/9 Per Week $148.00 $180.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday. $37.00 $45.00
Per Night – Sunday–Thursday $22.00 $27.00
Sleeps 2 Per Week $116.00 $134.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday $20.00 $23.00
Per Night – Sunday–Thursday $19.00 $22.00
Sleeps 4 Per Week $126.00 $152.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday $23.00 $26.00
Per Night – Sunday –Thursday. $20.00 $25.00
Sleeps 5 Per Week $152.00 $178.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday $28.00 $31.00
Per Night – Sunday –Thursday $24.00 $29.00
Sleeps 6 Per Week $168.00 $194.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday $32.00 $35.00
Per Night – Sunday –Thursday $26.00 $31.00
Sleeps 4 Per Week $172.00 $204.00
Per Night – Friday-Saturday $35.00 $38.00
Per Night – Sunday–Thursday $26.00 $31.00
BLACK MOSHANNON STATE PARK
RD #1, Box 183
Phillipsburg, PA 16866-9519
This park is named after the Indian name for moose stream, and is located in Centre County on PA Route 504, 9 miles E of Phillipsburg. The 3,481-acre park includes Black Moshannon Lake and is surrounded by the Moshannon State Forest. The park is situated in the Allegheny Front, and the rocks in the area are of the Pocono formation.
Facilities: Boating, fishing, hiking on 14 miles of trails, family camping, hunting, ice sports, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing on seven miles of trails. Nature interpretations are presented in the amphitheater.
Cabins: There are 6 modern cabins, 5 sleeping 6 persons, and 1 sleeping 8 persons. There are 13 rustic cabins in the park, sleeping 4-6 persons each, all adjacent to modern showers/toilets. All cabins have fireplaces, refrigerators, electric stoves, but the rustic cabins have no plumbing or showers.
CALEDONIA STATE PARK
40 Rocky Mountain Road, Fayetteville, PA 17222-9610
Cabins: There is a modern cabin that is actually a 1-1/2 story framed house, with three bedrooms, sleeping 10. The first floor bedroom contains 2 bunk beds. Two upstairs bedrooms contain a double and bunk bed, and the third contains a double-bed.
CANOE CREEK STATE PARK
RR2, Box 560, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-9752; 814/695-6807.
Cabins: There are 8 modern cabins, sleeping 6, equipped with modern showers and toilets
CLEAR CREEK STATE PARK
RD #1, Box 82
Sigel, PA 15860-9502
This 1,209-acre park in Jefferson County occupies a scenic strip of the Clear Creek Valley from PA Route 949 to the Clarion River. The park is open year around, offering family camping, hiking on 15 miles of maintained trails, and canoeing on the Clarion River.
Be sure to take the 10-mile canoe trip from Clear Creek to Cook Forest State Park; rental canoes are available outside the park. The park has a nature interpretation program during the summer, with guided walks and evening campfire programs. The Island Run Trail is especially interesting for the amateur naturalist. Brook trout can be caught in Clear Creek, and pike and bass in the Clarion River. Over 200 acres of land are open for hunting, trapping, and dog training. There are 10,000 acres of state forest lands near the park, and the Allegheny National Forest is across the river.
Cabins: The 22 rustic cabins sleep 2, 3, or 4, and they have indoor fireplaces and woodstoves, electric lights, and modern stoves and refrigerators. They also have only pit latrines. Or are adjacent to modern shower/toilet facilities.
Yurts: Currently only Clear Creek State Park offers Mongolian-style tents or yurts, built on a wooden deck, equipped with cooking stove, refrigerator, countertop, table chairs, electric heat and outlets, fire ring, picnic table, adjacent to water pumps. The yurts sleep 4 in 2 bunk beds. Yurts will soon become available in other locations. Ask the reservations about new locations.
COOK FOREST STATE PARK
Cooksburg, PA 16217-0120
This 6,422-acre park in W Pennsylvania offers one of the last stands of virgin white pine and hemlock forests in the Eastern U.S. The park is located on the Clarion River near Cooksburg, off Exit 13 on I-80.
The year-around park offers family camping, organized group tenting, scenic hiking, swimming, bridle trails, fishing and canoeing on the Clarion River (outfitters are outside the park). Be sure to hike to Seneca Rocks, overlooking the Clarion River. The 142-mile Baker Trail passes through the park, and there is a self-guided CCC trail, which gives a history of the park. In the winter, there is a lighted ice-skating pond, snowmobile trails and cross-country skiing.
Cabins: There are 24 rustic cabins, sleeping 4, 6, or 8 persons. . The 12 river cabins sleep 6-8 persons, and are located on a hillside overlooking the Clarion River. Each has 4 rooms and a fireplace, with cold running water depending on the temperature.. The Indian cabins, located at Tom’s Run behind the park office, are one-room structures that sleep 4. The cabins have composting toilets or adjacent showers, toilet facilities.
COWAN’S GAP STATE PARK
Fort Loudon, PA 17224-9801
This 1,085-acre park is located in a beautiful valley in the Tuscarora Mountains in Fulton County, between Chambersburg and McConnellsburg. The park is named after a British officer who, during the Revolutionary War, eloped with his bride to Chambersburg.
A special feature of the park is Cowan’s Gap Lake, which offers a 500-foot beach for swimming, and rowboat or paddleboat rentals in the summer. There is great trout, bass, and perch fishing in the lake, or trout fishing in Little Aughwick Creek. Hike the easy Twin Springs Trail, or the more difficult Tuscarora Trail, a 105-mile trail, which passes through the park and connects with the Big Blue Trail in Virginia. Sledding and ice fishing are popular in the winter, as well as cross-country skiing.
Cabins: The 10 cabins (not available in the winter) have 3 rooms, and a 4-person capacity. There are nearby showers and flush toilets.
FRENCH CREEK STATE PARK
843 Park Road
Elverson, PA 19520-9523
Cabins: There are 10 modern cabins, sleeping 6, with modern showers and toilets.
GIFFORD PINCHOT STATE PARK
2200 Rosstown Rd.
Lewisberry, PA 17339-9787
This 2,339-acre park, situated on rolling farm fields and wooded hillsides, is named after the father of the U.S. Forest Service. The park is between York and Harrisburg.
The 340-acre lake is great for swimming, fishing; rent boats, canoes and rowboats. Bridle trails lace throughout the park, and there are 8 nature and hiking trails with a few rest shelters along the way. Be sure to attend the nature programs provided during evenings in the summer. Winter attractions include skiing, sledding, and ice fishing. There are 10 modern cabins in the park, which are open year around.
Cabins: There are 10 rustic cabins in the park. The seven 2-bedroom cabins sleep 6 and the three 3-bedroom cabins sleep 8. Each cabin was constructed in the 1980’s and includes a modern living area, kitchen and dining area, toilet and shower, and electric heat. Bring your own linens and utensils.
HILLS CREEK STATE PARK
RD #2, Box 328
Wellsboro, PA 16901-9676
This 406-acre park is located in N central Tioga County, midway between Wellsboro and Mansfield.
The park offers a 260-foot guarded beach in the summer, a sandy playground, hiking, family camping, and several picnic areas. The Lake Side Trail ends up near a beaver home; the Yellow Birch Trail winds through hardwoods. Wildlife abounds in the park; try your luck fishing for muskellunge, walleye, and bass. Sledding, ice skating and ice fishing are popular during the winter.
Cabins: The 10 modern rental cabins sleep up to 6, and are open year around. Each is furnished with a living room, kitchen and dining area, toilet and showers nearby, and 2 bedrooms. There is access for the handicapped in the park.
HYNER RUN STATE PARK
Box 46, Hyner, PA 17738-9999
Cabin: the Hyner Cabin is actually a 2-story house that sleeps 6.
KEYSTONE STATE PARK
RR2, Box 101
Derry, PA 15627-9617
Cabins: There are 11 modern cabins that sleep 6 persons, with modern showers and toilets.
KOOSER STATE PARK
943 Galdes Pike, Box 256
Somerset, PA 15501-8509
This small, 170-acre park is on PA Route 31 between the Donegal and Somerset turnpike interchanges at the E foothills of Laurel Mountain summit. The park, named after an early pioneer in the area, is at an elevation of 2,600 feet.
There is a nice trout stream the length of the park, and a 350-foot swimming beach open in the summer. There is family and organized group camping in the area, and many picnic shelters. The 1.5-mile Kooser cross-country ski trail is popular in the winter, and there is a snowmobile trail that links up with the 70-mile Forbes State Forest Trail. The Forbes State Forest nearby offers many other activities, including the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
Cabins: The 9 rustic cabins are open year round, sleeping 4, 6, 7, or 9 persons. Pit latrines, cold running water in winter. A concessionaire runs the cabins during winter and early spring. State park rates not guaranteed when run by concessionaire. Some of the 2-bedroom cabins have lofts. All cabins have stoves, refrigerators, bunks or double beds, pit toilets and fireplaces. There are no showers in the cabins or in the park.
LINN RUN STATE PARK
P.O. Box 50
Rector, PA 15677-0050
The 565-acre park is within the Forbes State Forest near Ligonier at the small town of Rector. The varied topography, scenic features and mixed hardwood and evergreen forests, make this a great place for summer and winter sports.
There is fishing and hunting within the park and forest. The Laurel Mountain Ski Area is in the forest nearby, and there are numerous snowmobile trails in the winter. The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail passes from the Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh River; the Spruce Run Trail intersects this. The Burma Trail is an unmarked trail through high ferns which follows an old wagon road. The Beam Rocks Trail and Vista provides a great view of the park. There are 10 rustic cabins, some open year around.
Cabins: The 10 rustic cabins sleep 2,4, 6, or 8 persons, and each has heat, electric stove, refrigerator, and outside water, fireplace, and a centralized shower. Bring your own linen and utensils, but wood is provided. Pit latrines with showers/toilet facilities nearby.
NOCKAMIXON STATE PARK
1542 Mountain View Drive, Quakertown, PA 18951-5732
This 5,253-acre park is located in Upper Bucks County, 5 miles E. of Quakertown. The 1,450-acre lake offers swimming, boating, and fishing.
There are bicycle and bridle trails throughout the park, plus a 3.5-mile self-guided hiking trail to the Environmental Study Area.
Cabins: There is overnight lodging at the Bucks County Weisel Youth Hostel, and there are 10 modern cabins in the park. The cabins, sleep 6 or 8 persons, and have a kitchen, dining room, living room, 2 bedrooms, and a toilet and shower. The park has seven 2-bedroom cabins and three 3-bedroom cabins, all with bunk beds or double beds.
OLEBULL STATE PARK
HCR 62, Box 9, Cross Fork, PA 17729-9701.
Cabins: There is a modern 1-1/2 story log cabin with 3 bedrooms, 2 double beds, 3 bunk beds, that sleeps 10. There is a living room with fireplace insert, and front and back porch.
PARKER DAM STATE PARK
RR1, Box 165
Penfield, PA 15849-9799
The 895-acre park is located 17 miles N of Clearfield in Clearfield County, right in the middle of Moshannon State Forest.
The park is covered with forests, and game abounds. Backpacking trips are available on the Quehanna Trail system that starts and ends at the park. Over 75 miles of trails wind through the park and adjoining forest. The boat concession offers rowboat rentals in the summer, and the sandy beach is open for swimming. Winter sports are also popular here. There are 16 rustic cabins open during the summer and for a short period during the deer season in December. There is also a short season during the spring and fall.
Cabins: The 16 rustic cabins sleep 4, 6, or 8 persons, and have single beds, refrigerators, stoves, and electric lights, with centralized showers. No linen or utensils provided.
PRINCE GALLITZIN STATE PARK
966 Marina Road
Patton, PA 16668-6317
This park, located in N Cambria County, is named after a Russian priest and prince who settled in the area in the 1770’s.
The park is in the scenic Allegheny Plateau region with nice vistas, and features boating, a marina, boat rentals, swimming, fishing, family camping, and 9 miles of hiking trails and bridle paths. There is cross-country skiing and sledding in the winter.
Cabins: Each of the 10 modern rental cabins sleep 6-8, and consists of a living area, kitchen and dining area, toilet and shower room, and 2 or 3 bedrooms. There are seven 2-bedroom and three 3-bedroom cabins in the park, open year around..
PROMISED LAND STATE PARK
RR#1, Box 96
Greentown, PA 18426-9735
The 2,971-acre park is located in Pike County, 10 miles N of Canadensis and 100 miles from NYC and Philadelphia.
Two lakes add to the scenic beauty and allow fishing, boating, and other sports. There are bridle paths within the park, and 23 miles of hiking trails. Hike to the natural Bruce Lake, a glacial lake set aside as a State Forest Natural Area. Nearby are Egypt Meadow Lake and Balsam Swamp. There is a l-mile trail on Conservation Island, on Promised Land Lake.
Cabins: The Bear Wallow Cabin Colony at the park contains 12 rustic cabins, open in the summer. Often the cabins are restricted to PA residents. Each cabin has a stove, refrigerator, woodstove, but no water or showers. There are centralized showers. The l-room cabins sleep 2, and the 2-bedroom cabins sleep 4.
PYMATUNING STATE PARK
Jamestown, PA 16134-0425
The name of the park is Iroquois for "the crooked-mouth man’s dwelling place." It is situated along the Pymatuning Lake, which was once occupied by the Mound Builders. This huge reservoir park offers a marina and all the water sports: boating, fishing, swimming, and water-skiing. Be sure to visit the fish hatchery and wildlife museum.
The park has camp stores, concessions, and pavilions, and is handicapped accessible. There are miles and miles of hiking trails, and ice skating, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing in the winter.
Cabins: There are 25 modern cabins, sleeping 6 or 8 persons, with adjacent showers/toilet facilities. Coin laundry on site. Most of the cabins are 2-bedroom, sleeping 6, or 3 bedroom, sleeping 8. All have kitchens, living rooms, showers and toilets.
RACCOON CREEK STATE PARK
3000 State Route 18
Hookstown, PA 15050-9416
The park is in S Beaver County, 25 miles W of Pittsburg. Route 18 passes through the park. This is one of the largest parks in the state at 6,999 acres, surrounding the 101-acre Raccoon Creek Lake.
The lake offers swimming, fishing, and boating. The Wildflower Reserve and Nature Center is the trailhead for 5 miles of hiking trails. There are 3 miles of bridle trails for the horseman, and 4,000 acres of the park are open to hunting during the seasons. The Frankfort Mineral Springs in the park were once the site of an 1880’s spa.
Cabins: There are 10 modern cabins; 7 are 2-bedroom, sleeping 6, and 3 are 3-bedroom, sleeping 8. All have kitchens, dining and living rooms, showers and toilets. The Lakeside lodge has cabins with 3 bedrooms, sleeping 9, with 1-1/2 baths, and large living room.
R.B.WINTER STATE PARK
RR2, Box 314
Mifflinburg, PA 17844-9656
Cabin: There is a 2-story log cabin with 4 bedrooms, sleeping 8 persons, two bedrooms each contain two double beds, and two bedrooms contain bunk beds. There is a 1-1/2 baths, living room with fireplace insert, front and back porches. .
RICKETTS GLEN STATE PARK
RD #1, Box 130
Benton, PA 17814
This large 5,283-acre park takes up parts of three Pennsylvania counties, and is located 30 miles N of Bloomsburg. The name of the park honors Bruce Ricketts, a private in the U.S. Army during the Civil War.
The park offers boating on 245-acre Lake Jean; a boat rental concession in the summer rents canoes and rowboats. There is fishing at the lake and numerous streams in the area. Other activities include family camping, hiking, swimming, and winter sports. There are 83,000 acres of state land on the W and N of the park open to hunting, as well as part of the park. One of the nicest areas in the park is the Glens Natural Area, a Registered National Landmark. Many trees in the area are over 500 years old.
Cabins: The 10 new modern rental cabins offer kitchens, dining areas, living rooms, toilets and showers. There are seven 2-bedroom cabins, sleeping 6, and three 3-bedroom cabins, sleeping 8. Modern showers and toilets.
S.B. ELLIOTT STATE PARK
c/o Parker Dam State Park
RR1, Box 165
Penfield, PA 15849-9799
Cabins: There are 6 rustic cabins that sleep 4, 6, or 8 persons. Ask for special reduced cabin rates within the park.
SHAWNEE STATE PARK
Schellsburg, PA 15559-9336
Cabin: There is a modern cabin, actually a two-story house, with 3 bedrooms, sleeping 8 persons and complete with a recreation room. Located lakeside.
SINNEMAHUNING STATE PARK
RR1, Box 172
Austin PA 16720-9302
Cabin: The modern cabin is called the Brooks Run Ranger Cabin and is actually a two story house with 4 bedrooms, sleeping 12. There is a living room area with fireplace, sunporch and recreation area.
TROUGH CREEK STATE PARK
RR1, Box 211
James Creek, PA 16657-9302
Cabin: The modern cabin is a refurbished mid-1800’s two story stone ironmasters home with 4 bedrooms, sleeping 10
WORLDS END STATE PARK.
P.O. Box 62
Forksville, PA 18616-0062
Cabins: There are 19 rustic cabins at the park, sleeping 4 or 8 persons. There are pit latrines or adjacent modern showers/toilet facilities.