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This List of Pennsylvania state parks contains the 120 state parks in the U.S. state of Pennsylvaniamarker, as of 2007. The Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, a division of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), is the governing body for all these parks, and directly operates 111 of them. The remaining nine are operated in cooperation with other public and private organizations.

Included are three other lists: other names of nine Pennsylvania state parks; eighteen former state parks; and other names of two former state parks. Five former parks have been transferred to the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commissionmarker, four to the National Park Service, two to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, one to both the Corps and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, five to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, and one has ceased to exist.

The list gives an overview of Pennsylvania state parks and a brief history of their development since the first park opened in 1893. State parks range in size from 3 acres (1 ha) to 21,122 acres (8,548 ha), with nearly one percent (0.96%) of Pennsylvania's land as state park land. According to Dan Cupper (1993), "Pennsylvania is the thirty-third largest state, but only Alaskamarker and Californiamarker have more park land".


There are state parks in 61 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, which nearly reaches Pennsylvania's goal of having a state park within 25 miles (40 km) of every resident in the Commonwealth. Nine of the 120 parks do not have State Park in their name. Three are Conservation Areas: Boyd Big Tree Preservemarker, Joseph E.marker Ibbersonmarker, and Vardenmarker; four are Environmental Education Centers: Jacobsburgmarker, Jenningsmarker, Kings Gapmarker (also a Training Center) and Nolde Forestmarker; White Clay Creekmarker is a Preserve; and Norristownmarker is a Farm Park.

Seven parks are undeveloped with no facilities: Allegheny Islandsmarker, Benjamin Rushmarker, Bucktailmarker, Erie Bluffsmarker, Promptonmarker, Swataramarker, and Vardenmarker; the last four of these are in the process of being developed. Five state parks are small picnic areas: Laurel Summitmarker, Pattersonmarker, Prouty Placemarker, Sand Bridgemarker, and Upper Pine Bottommarker. Five state parks have major U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams and/or lakes: Bald Eaglemarker, Beltzvillemarker, Elkmarker, Kettle Creekmarker, and Sinnemahoningmarker. Three former parks now belong, at least partly, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Seven parks preserve the industrial past: Canoe Creekmarker is the site of a former lime kiln, and Caledoniamarker, French Creekmarker, Greenwood Furnacemarker, Kings Gapmarker, Mont Altomarker, and Pine Grove Furnacemarker (plus one former park) are all former iron furnace sites. Eight current parks and one former park contain at least part of eight different National Natural Landmarks.

According to the DCNR, the 120 state parks in Pennsylvania are on more than 283,000 acres (114,530 ha) with some 606 full-time and more than 1,600 part-time employees serving approximately 36 million visitors each year. Admission to all Pennsylvania state parks is free, although there are fees charged for use of cabins, marinas, etc. Pennsylvania's 120 state parks offer "over 7,000 family campsites, 286 cabins, nearly 30,000 picnic tables, 56 major recreational lakes, 10 marinas, 61 beaches for swimming, 17 swimming pools" and over 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of trails.

Presque Isle State Parkmarker, on Lake Eriemarker
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Worlds End State Parkmarker, Loyalsock Creek canyon
Point State Parkmarker,

in downtown Pittsburghmarker
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Ohiopyle State Parkmarker,

Jonathan Run Falls


Pennsylvania's first state park was Valley Forge State Parkmarker, purchased by the Commonwealth on May 30, 1893 to preserve Valley Forgemarker. It was transferred to the National Park Service on the Bicentennial of the United States, July 4, 1976. Many state parks still preserve history: as of 2007, forty-two Pennsylvania state park sites are on the National Register of Historic Places, including two National Historic Landmarks (Delaware Canalmarker and Pointmarker), twenty-eight Civilian Conservation Corps sites in nineteen parks, and twelve other parks' historic sites and districts. Eight of the former state parks were also chiefly historic.

In addition to preserving historic sites, Pennsylvania also sought to preserve natural beauty and offer opportunities for recreation in its state parks. In 1902 Mont Alto State Forest Parkmarker was the second park established, a year after the state "Bureau of Forestry" was set up to purchase, preserve, and restore Pennsylvania's forests, which had been ravaged by lumbering, charcoal production, and wild fires. Parks were added sporadically to the 1930s, some mere camping and picnic areas in state forests, while others preserved unique sites. The 1930s saw a great expansion of parks and their facilities under the Civilian Conservation Corps, with 113 CCC camps in Pennsylvania (second only to California). Using CCC and WPA labor, the National Park Service built five Recreation Demonstration Areas, which became Pennsylvania state parks in 1945 and 1946: (Blue Knobmarker, French Creekmarker, Hickory Runmarker, Laurel Hillmarker, and Raccoon Creekmarker). The CCC also "fought forest fires, planted trees, built roads, buildings, picnic areas, swimming areas, campgrounds and created many state parks".

In 1955, there were forty-four state parks in Pennsylvania, mostly in rural areas. Forty-five parks had been added by 1979, mostly near urban areas, and the system had increased by 130,000 acres (52,600 ha). This was thanks largely to the efforts of Maurice K. Goddard, who served as director of the precursors to the DCNR for twenty-four years under six administrations. The number of visitors to parks more than tripled in this time and two voter approved bond issues (Projects 70 and 500) raised millions of dollars for park expansions and improvements. All this expansion was not without costs and by 1988 there was an estimated $90 million in deferred maintenance. In 1993, as the park system celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary, new tax and bond revenues were earmarked for the parks. Since 2000, parks are being improved through the state's Growing Greener and Growing Greener II and bond programs.

Tyler State Parkmarker,

Schofield Ford bridge
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Codorus State Parkmarker,

man-made Lake Marburg
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Ravensburg State Parkmarker, CCC picnic shelter
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Hills Creek State Parkmarker, typical entrance sign

Current parks

Park Name   County or Counties   Area in acres (ha)   Date

Stream(s) and / or Lake(s)    Remarks  
Allegheny Islands State Parkmarker Allegheny Countymarker  acres (17 ha) 1980 Allegheny River Three islands near Pittsburghmarker with no facilities, no plans for future development
Archbald Pothole State Parkmarker Lackawanna Countymarker  acres (61 ha) 1964 None One of world's largest potholes, 38 ft (12 m) deep, largest diameter 42 feet (13 m) by 24 feet (7 m)
Bald Eagle State Parkmarker Centre Countymarker  acres (2,388 ha) 1971 Bald Eagle Creek, Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir 1,730 acre (700 ha) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir named for Medal of Honor recipient
Beltzville State Parkmarker Carbon Countymarker  acres (1,203 ha) 1972 Pohopoco Creek, Beltzville Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake is 949 acres (384 ha) with 19.8 miles (31.9 km) of shoreline
Bendigo State Parkmarker Elk Countymarker  acres (40 ha) 1959 East Branch Clarion Rivermarker Only 20 acres (8 ha) is developed, name is a corruption of Abednego

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Susquehanna State Parkmarker, "Hiawatha"
Ricketts Glen State Parkmarker, waterfall
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Little Pine State Parkmarker,

lake from dam
Evansburg State Parkmarker,

hiking trail
Benjamin Rush State Parkmarker Philadelphia Countymarker  acres (111 ha) 1975 None Site of one of the world's largest community gardens, otherwise undeveloped
Big Pocono State Parkmarker Monroe Countymarker  acres (529 ha) 1954 None On Camelback Mountain, site of Camelback Ski Area and Waterpark
Big Spring State Parkmarker Perry Countymarker  acres (18 ha) 1936 Big Spring Run Has trail to partially completed railroad tunnel in Conococheague Mountain
Black Moshannon State Parkmarker Centre Countymarker  acres (1,374 ha) 1937 Black Moshannon Creek, Black Moshannon Lake Has bog with three carnivorous plant species and 17 orchid varieties
Blue Knob State Parkmarker Bedford Countymarker  acres (2,377 ha) 1945 None Former Recreation Demonstration Area on state's second highest mountain, has Blue Knobmarker All Seasons Resort
Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Areamarker Dauphin Countymarker  acres (370 ha) 1999 Unnamed tributary of Fishing Creek On Blue Mountain, one of three Conservation Areas, named for donor Alex Boyd
Buchanan's Birthplace State Parkmarker Franklin Countymarker  acres (7 ha) 1911 Buck Run Stone pyramid marks the birthplace of James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States
Bucktail State Park Natural Areamarker Cameronmarker and Clintonmarker Counties  acres (8,514 ha) 1933 Sinnemahoning Creek, West Branch Susquehanna River Named for Bucktail Regiment, 75 mile (121 km) undeveloped scenic drive on PA 120
Caledonia State Parkmarker Adamsmarker and Franklinmarker Counties  acres (455 ha) 1903 Rocky Mountain Creek, Carbaugh Run, East Branch Conococheague Creekmarker Named for Thaddeus Stevens' iron furnace, home to summer stock Totem Pole Playhouse
Canoe Creek State Parkmarker Blair Countymarker  acres (266 ha) 1979 Canoe Creek (tributary of Raystown Branch Juniata River), Canoe Creek Lake Home of largest nursery colony of little brown bats in the state
Chapman State Parkmarker Warren Countymarker  acres (326 ha) 1951 Farnsworth Run, West Branch Tionesta Creek, Chapman Lake Trailhead for trail system in surrounding Allegheny National Forestmarker
Cherry Springs State Parkmarker Potter Countymarker  acres (19 ha) 1922 None Known for some of the clearest, darkest night skies in the state and eastern US
Clear Creek State Parkmarker Jefferson Countymarker  acres (678 ha) 1922 Clear Creek, Clarion Rivermarker Start of popular canoe trip on 10 miles (6 km) of Clarion Rivermarker to Cook Forest State Parkmarker
Codorus State Parkmarker York Countymarker  acres (1,347 ha) 1966 Codorus Creek, Lake Marburg Man-made lake is 1,275 acres (516 ha), named for former village of Marburg now flooded by it
Colonel Denning State Parkmarker Cumberland Countymarker  acres (110 ha) 1936 Doubling Gap Creek, Doubling Gap Lake Named for William Denning, American Revolutionary War veteran who was never a colonel
Colton Point State Parkmarker Tioga Countymarker  acres (149 ha) 1936 Pine Creek On west rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, 800 feet (244 m) deep here
Cook Forest State Parkmarker Clarionmarker, Forestmarker, and Jeffersonmarker Counties  acres (3,440 ha) 1927 Toms Run, Clarion Rivermarker National Natural Landmark, one of America's top-50 state parks (National Geographic Traveler)
Cowans Gap State Parkmarker Franklinmarker and Fultonmarker Counties  acres (439 ha) 1937 Little Aughwick Creek, Cowans Gap Lake Site of French and Indian War road, pioneer homestead, lumbering, and CCC camp
Delaware Canal State Parkmarker Bucksmarker and Northamptonmarker Counties  acres (336 ha) 1931 Delaware River Runs 60 miles (97 km) along Delaware Canalmarker, only 1800s U.S. towpath canal left continuously intact
Denton Hill State Parkmarker Potter Countymarker  acres (283 ha) 1951 None Site of Ski Denton resort, also open for summer mountain biking
Elk State Parkmarker Elkmarker and McKeanmarker Counties  acres (1,292 ha) 1963 East Branch Clarion Rivermarker, East Branch Lakemarker U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake is 1,160 acres (469 ha)
Erie Bluffs State Parkmarker Erie Countymarker  acres (219 ha) 2004 Lake Eriemarker Has 1.0 mile (0.6 km) of lake coastline and bluffs 90 feet (27 m) tall, being developed
Evansburg State Parkmarker Montgomery Countymarker  acres (1,355 ha) 1979 Skippack Creek Has 18 hole Skippack Golf Course, many outdoor recreational opportunities
Fort Washington State Parkmarker Montgomery Countymarker  acres (200 ha) 1953 Wissahickon Creek George Washington camped here in American Revolutionary War's Philadelphia campaign
Fowlers Hollow State Parkmarker Perry Countymarker  acres (42 ha) 1936 Fowlers Hollow Run Trailhead for the trail system of the surrounding Tuscarora State Forestmarker
Frances Slocum State Parkmarker Luzerne Countymarker  acres (419 ha) 1968 Abrahams Creek, Frances Slocum Lake Named for a girl kidnapped by the Lenape who lived the rest of her life with the Miami in Indianamarker
French Creek State Parkmarker Berksmarker and Chestermarker Counties  acres (2,970 ha) 1946 French Creek Former Recreation Demonstration Area, adjacent to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Sitemarker
Gifford Pinchot State Parkmarker York Countymarker  acres (946 ha) 1961 Beaver Creek (tributary of Conewago Creek), Pinchot Lake Gifford Pinchot was a Pennsylvania governor, conservationist, and first US Forest Service Chief
Gouldsboro State Parkmarker Monroemarker and Waynemarker Counties  acres (1,165 ha) 1958 Gouldsboro Lake Named for village named for Jay Gould, next to Tobyhanna Army Depotmarker
Greenwood Furnace State Parkmarker Huntingdon Countymarker  acres (171 ha) 1924 Standing Stone Creek, Greenwood Lake Includes ghost town of Greenwood, former ironworks and charcoal hearths
Hickory Run State Parkmarker Carbon Countymarker  acres (6,293 ha) 1945 Hickory Run, Lehigh River, Sand Spring Lake Large Boulder Field in park is a National Natural Landmark
Hillman State Parkmarker Washington Countymarker  acres (1,456 ha) 1960s Raccoon Creek Managed for hunting by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and largely undeveloped
Hills Creek State Parkmarker Tioga Countymarker  acres (165 ha) 1953 Hills Creek, Hills Creek Lake Land previously used as a pigment mine for the paint industry
Hyner Run State Parkmarker Clinton Countymarker  acres (73 ha) 1958 Hyner Run On the site of Civilian Conservation Corps camp (Camp S-75-PA)
Hyner View State Parkmarker Clinton Countymarker  acres (2 ha) 1965 None Scenic view of the West Branch Susquehanna River and launching point for hang gliding
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Centermarker Northampton Countymarker  acres (473 ha) 1959 Bushkill Creek Surrounds Jacobsburg National Historic District, where rifles were manufactured during American Revolution
Jennings Environmental Education Centermarker Butler Countymarker  acres (121 ha) 1979 Big Run Contains the only publicly protected relict prairie ecosystem in Pennsylvania, 20 acres (8 ha)
Joseph E.marker Ibberson Conservation Areamarker Dauphin Countymarker  acres (142 ha) 2000 None On Peters Mountain, one of three Conservation Areas, named for donor Joseph E.marker Ibbersonmarker
Kettle Creek State Parkmarker Clinton Countymarker  acres (726 ha) 1954 Kettle Creek, Kettle Creek Reservoirmarker U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir is 160 acres (65 ha), many recreational facilities built by CCC
Keystone State Parkmarker Westmoreland Countymarker  acres (486 ha) 1945 Keystone Run, Keystone Lake Named for Pennsylvaniamarker's official nickname, "The Keystone State"
Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Centermarker Cumberland Countymarker  acres (588 ha) 1973 some vernal pools Training center for park rangers of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Kinzua Bridge State Parkmarker McKean Countymarker  acres (133 ha) 1970 Kinzua Creek Had 1882 Historic Civil Engineering Landmark railway bridge, world's highest and longest, destroyed by a tornado in 2003
Kooser State Parkmarker Somerset Countymarker  acres (101 ha) 1922 Kooser Run, Kooser Lake Site of battles between Native American tribes, part of Whiskey Rebellion
Lackawanna State Parkmarker Lackawanna Countymarker  acres (571 ha) 1972 South Branch Tunkhannock Creek, Lake Lackawanna On site of a Turn of the Century era community fair
Laurel Hill State Parkmarker Somerset Countymarker  acres (1,592 ha) 1945 Laurel Hill Creek, Laurel Hill Lake Former Recreation Demonstration Area with the largest CCC architecture collection of any Pennsylvania state park
Laurel Mountain State Parkmarker Somersetmarker and Westmorelandmarker Counties  acres (200 ha) 1964 None Opened in 1939 by Richard K. Mellon and Rolling Rock brewery as one of the state's first ski areas, donated 1964
Laurel Ridge State Parkmarker Cambriamarker, Fayettemarker, Somersetmarker and Westmorelandmarker Counties  acres (5,514 ha) 1967 Conemaugh River, Youghiogheny River and tributaries Surrounds the 70 mile (113 km) long Laurel Highlands Hiking Trailmarker
Laurel Summit State Parkmarker Westmoreland Countymarker  acres (2 ha) 1964 None Day use picnic area and trailhead, 2,739 feet (835 m) above sea level
Lehigh Gorge State Parkmarker Carbonmarker and Luzernemarker Counties  acres (1,841 ha) 1980 Lehigh River Lehigh Gorge Trail follows river through park for 26 miles (42 km)
Leonard Harrison State Parkmarker Tioga Countymarker  acres (237 ha) 1922 Pine Creek On east rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, 800 feet (244 m) deep here
Linn Run State Parkmarker Westmoreland Countymarker  acres (248 ha) 1924 Grove, Rock and Linn Runs and Adams Falls Once a barren wasteland, now a thriving second growth forest with an excellent trout stream
Little Buffalo State Parkmarker Perry Countymarker  acres (374 ha) 1972 Little Buffalo Creek, Holman Lake Named for the bison that are believed to have once roamed the ridge and valley region of Pennsylvania
Little Pine State Parkmarker Lycoming Countymarker  acres (873 ha) 1937 Little Pine Creek Historians believe a Shawnee village and burial ground were just north of the park
Locust Lake State Parkmarker Schuylkill Countymarker  acres (441 ha) 1966 Locust Creek, Locust Lake In a thriving second growth forest on the side of Locust Mountain
Lyman Run State Parkmarker Potter Countymarker  acres (241 ha) 1951 Lyman Run, Lyman Run Lake Site of a Prisoner of War Camp during World War II
Marsh Creek State Parkmarker Chester Countymarker  acres (690 ha) 1974 Marsh Creek, Marsh Creek Lake The village of Milford Millsmarker was flooded by the creation of the lake, last Project 70 / 500 park
Maurice K.marker Goddard State Parkmarker Mercer Countymarker  acres (1,156 ha) 1972 Sandy Creek, Lake Wilhelm Named for Maurice K. Goddard, who led the creation of 45 state parks in 24 years of service
McCalls Dam State Parkmarker Centre Countymarker  acres (3 ha) 1933 White Deer Creek In a remote location on a dirt road between


Winter State Parkmarker and Eastville.
McConnells Mill State Parkmarker Lawrence Countymarker  acres (1,030 ha) 1957 Slippery Rock Creekmarker Features a deep scenic gorge with a restored watermill and a covered bridge
Memorial Lake State Parkmarker Lebanon Countymarker  acres (93 ha) 1945 Indiantown Run, Memorial Lake Surrounded by Fort Indiantown Gapmarker, headquarters of the Pennsylvania National Guard
Milton State Parkmarker Northumberland Countymarker  acres (33 ha) 1966 West Branch Susquehanna River On an island in the river, destroyed by Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and rebuilt
Mont Alto State Parkmarker Franklin Countymarker  acres (10 ha) 1902 West Branch Antietam Creek Pennsylvania's current oldest state park and first State Forest Park, former iron works
Moraine State Parkmarker Butler Countymarker  acres (6,768 ha) 1970 Muddy Creek, Lake Arthur Served as the location of the 1973 and 1977 National Scout Jamborees
Mt.marker Pisgah State Parkmarker Bradford Countymarker  acres (527 ha) 1979 Pisgah Creek, Mill Creek, Stephen Foster Lake Lake named for renowned American composer Stephen Foster
Nescopeck State Parkmarker Luzerne Countymarker  acres (1,437 ha) 2005 Nescopeck Creek One of the newest state parks in Pennsylvania
Neshaminy State Parkmarker Bucks Countymarker  acres (134 ha) 1956 Delaware River On an estuary, donated by descendant of James Logan, colonial secretary to William Penn
Nockamixon State Parkmarker Bucks Countymarker  acres (2,138 ha) 1973 Tohickon Creek, Lake Nockamixonmarker Nockamixon means "place of soft soil" in the Lenape language
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Centermarker Berks Countymarker  acres (269 ha) 1970 Wyomissing Creek Once a luxury forest privately owned by Jacob Nolde
Norristown Farm Parkmarker Montgomery Countymarker  acres (279 ha) 1995 Stony Creek Managed by the Montgomery Countymarker Department of Parks
Ohiopyle State Parkmarker Fayette Countymarker  acres (7,710 ha) 1965 Youghiogheny River and tributaries One of the most popular white-water rafting destinations on the East Coast
Oil Creek State Parkmarker Venango Countymarker  acres (2,529 ha) 1931 Oil Creek Edwin Drake drilled the first successful oil well in the world here in 1859
Ole Bull State Parkmarker Potter Countymarker  acres (53 ha) 1925 Ole Bull Run, Kettle Creek Location of a Norwegianmarker colony established by renowned violinist Ole Bull
Parker Dam State Parkmarker Clearfield Countymarker  acres (392 ha) 1936 Laurel Run, Parker Lake A herd of elk lives in and near the park
Patterson State Parkmarker Potter Countymarker  acres (4 ha) 1925 None Day use picnic area on Pennsylvania Route 44, surrounded by Susquehannock State Forestmarker
Penn-Roosevelt State Parkmarker Centre Countymarker  acres (17 ha) 1983 Sassafras Run, Standing Stone Creek Once a segregated black Civilian Conservation Corps camp during the Great Depression
Pine Grove Furnace State Parkmarker Cumberland Countymarker  acres (282 ha) 1913 Mountain Creek, Fuller Lake, Laurel Lake The furnaces at Pine Grove could consume an acre of trees a day
Poe Paddy State Parkmarker Centre Countymarker  acres (9 ha) 1938 Big Poe Creek, Penns Creek Noted by anglers for the shadfly hatch that occurs in late spring
Poe Valley State Parkmarker Centre Countymarker  acres (251 ha) 1938 Big Poe Creek, Poe Lake Constructed during the Great Depression by the CCC
Point State Parkmarker Allegheny Countymarker  acres (15 ha) 1974 Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio rivers In downtown Pittsburghmarker at meeting of three rivers, site of Fort Pittmarker
Presque Isle State Parkmarker Erie Countymarker  acres (1,295 ha) 1921 Lake Eriemarker The most visited state park in Pennsylvania, on a peninsula in lake with many beaches
Prince Gallitzin State Parkmarker Cambria Countymarker  acres (2,529 ha) 1965 Beaverdam Run, Glendale Lake Named for Demetrius Gallitzin, Russian nobelman turned Roman Catholic priest
Promised Land State Parkmarker Pike Countymarker  acres (1,214 ha) 1905 Wallenpaupack Creek, Promised Land Lake, Lower Lake Name is an ironic commentary created by immigrant residents, once owned by the Shakers
Prompton State Parkmarker Wayne Countymarker  acres (809 ha) 1962 Lackawaxen River, Prompton Lake Northeast Sports Ltd. sponsors outdoor sports there, being developed with help of Friends of Prompton
Prouty Place State Parkmarker Potter Countymarker  acres (2 ha) 1925 Prouty Run Day use picnic area on Long Toe Road
Pymatuning State Parkmarker Crawford Countymarker  acres (8,548 ha) 1934 Shenango River, Pymatuning Lakemarker The largest state park in Pennsylvania, with one of the largest lakes
R.marker B.marker Winter State Parkmarker Union Countymarker  acres (281 ha) 1933 Halfway Creek, Halfway Lake Has first cement and stone dam ever built by the Civilian Conservation Corps
Raccoon Creek State Parkmarker Beaver Countymarker  acres (3,064 ha) 1945 Little Traverse Creek, Raccoon Lake Built by CCC, WPA as one of five state National Park Service Recreational Demonstration Areas
Ralph Stover State Parkmarker Bucks Countymarker  acres (18 ha) 1931 Tohickon Creek High Rocks portion of the park donated to Pennsylvania by James Michener in 1956
Ravensburg State Parkmarker Clinton Countymarker  acres (32 ha) 1933 Rauchtown Run Named for the ravens that flock near the gorge
Reeds Gap State Parkmarker Mifflin Countymarker  acres (89 ha) 1938 Honey Creek Once a gathering place for the locals to hold picnics and listen to travelling evangelists
Ricketts Glen State Parkmarker Columbiamarker, Luzernemarker, and Sullivanmarker Counties  acres (5,281 ha) 1942 Kitchen Creek Slated to become a National Park, but did not due to redirection of funds during World War II
Ridley Creek State Parkmarker Delaware Countymarker  acres (1,055 ha) 1972 Ridley Creek Adjacent to the John J.marker Tyler Arboretummarker
Ryerson Station State Parkmarker Greene Countymarker  acres (471 ha) 1967 North Fork of the Dunkard Fork of Wheeling Creek, Ronald J. Duke Lake 52 acre (21 ha) man-made lake, 38 miles (61 km) from next nearest Pennsylvania state park (Hillman)
S.marker B.marker Elliott State Parkmarker Clearfield Countymarker  acres (129 ha) 1933 Stony Run Named for Simon B. Elliott, a noted Pennsylvania conservationist and legislator
Salt Springs State Parkmarker Susquehanna Countymarker  acres (164 ha) 1973 Fall Brook Large hemlocks over 500 years old are some of the largest trees in the state, has three waterfalls
Samuel S.marker Lewis State Parkmarker York Countymarker  acres (34 ha) 1954 None Named for donor, a Secretary of Department of Forests and Waters, now popular for star gazing
Sand Bridge State Parkmarker Union Countymarker  acres (1 ha) 1978 Rapid Run The smallest state park in Pennsylvania, a day use picnic area on Pennsylvania Route 192
Shawnee State Parkmarker Bedford Countymarker  acres (1,612 ha) 1951 Lake Shawnee Rental lodge on an island in the lake
Shikellamy State Parkmarker Northumberlandmarker and Unionmarker Counties  acres (53 ha) 1960 West Branch and North Branch Susquehanna River Overlook at confluence of West Branch and North Branch Susquehanna River, marina added in 1972
Sinnemahoning State Parkmarker Cameronmarker and Pottermarker Counties  acres (773 ha) 1962 Sinnemahoning Creek, George B. Stevenson Reservoir U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir is 142 acres (57 ha), park home to rare Elk and Bald Eagle
Sizerville State Parkmarker Cameronmarker and Pottermarker Counties  acres (156 ha) 1924 Cowley Run, Portage Creek, Driftwood Branch, and Sinnemahoning Creek Named for the nearby ghost town of Sizerville
Susquehanna State Parkmarker Lycoming Countymarker  acres (8 ha) 1961 West Branch Susquehanna River Operated by the Williamsportmarker/Lycomingmarker Chamber of Commerce, home to paddlewheeler Hiawatha
Susquehannock State Parkmarker Lancaster Countymarker  acres (91 ha) 1965 Susquehanna River Named for the Susquehannock, whose chief village was nearby, on bluffs overlooking the river
Swatara State Parkmarker Lebanonmarker and Schuylkillmarker Counties  acres (1,422 ha) 1987 Swatara Creek Rail Trail on former Lebanon & Tremont Branch of Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, being developed
Tobyhanna State Parkmarker Monroemarker and Waynemarker Counties  acres (2,201 ha) 1949 Tobyhanna Creek, Tobyhanna Lake Once part of an artillery range for Tobyhanna Army Depotmarker
Trough Creek State Parkmarker Huntingdon Countymarker  acres (224 ha) 1936 Great Trough Creek, Raystown Lakemarker Bald Eagles have migrated here naturally since the early 1990s
Tuscarora State Parkmarker Schuylkill Countymarker  acres (655 ha) 1971 Locust Creek, Tuscarora Lake The Tuscarora moved to area after Tuscarora War in North Carolinamarker, later forced out by colonial settlement
Tyler State Parkmarker Bucks Countymarker  acres (692 ha) 1974 Neshaminy Creek Old original stone dwellings in park are fine examples of early farm dwellings of rural Pennsylvania
Upper Pine Bottom State Parkmarker Lycoming Countymarker  acres (2 ha) 1924 Upper Pine Bottom Run A roadside park and picnic area for day use only, on Pennsylvania Route 44
Varden Conservation Areamarker Wayne Countymarker  acres (139 ha) 2001 Middle Creek One of three Conservation Areas, donor is Dr. Mead Shaffer, being developed
Warriors Path State Parkmarker Bedford Countymarker  acres (141 ha) 1965 Raystown Branch Juniata River Named for the Great Indian Warpath used by the Iroquois in war raids on the Cherokee and other tribes
Whipple Dam State Parkmarker Huntingdon Countymarker  acres (104 ha) 1928 Whipple Lake A camp for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire Girls on north side of lake used 1928 to 1941
White Clay Creek Preservemarker Chester Countymarker  acres (508 ha) 1984 White Clay Creek Donated by DuPont to preserve "diverse and unique plant and animal species, and the rich cultural heritage of the area"
Worlds End State Parkmarker Sullivan Countymarker  acres (316 ha) 1932 Loyalsock Creek Must See Park known for trout fishing, white-water kayaking, camping, hiking on Loyalsock Trail
Yellow Creek State Parkmarker Indiana Countymarker  acres (1,271 ha) 1963 Yellow Creek, Yellow Creek Lake Crossed by the Kittanning Path, a major east-west Native American trail during the 18th century

Other names of current parks

The following are significantly different former or alternate names for nine current Pennsylvania state parks. Note that many parks were originally "State Forest Parks" or were state public camping or picnic areas in Pennsylvania state forests. In modern times, some "State Parks" have become "Environmental Education Centers", while other parks have dropped one word from their name ("Cherry Springs Drive" is now Cherry Springsmarker, "Codorus Creek" is now Codorusmarker, "Kooser Lake" is now Koosermarker, "Laurel Hill Summit" is now Laurel Summitmarker, and "Promised Land Lake" is now Promised Landmarker). Such minor name changes are not included in this table.

Ohiopyle State Parkmarker, falls on the Youghiogheny

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Black Moshannon State Parkmarker, bog and lake
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Hills Creek State Parkmarker,

boat dock on lake
Blue Knob State Parkmarker, Blue Knobmarker

Former or Alternate Name  
County or Counties  
Date name changed  
Current Park Name   
Adams Falls Class A Campground Westmoreland Countymarker Linn Run State Parkmarker Adams Falls is a waterfall on Linn Run within Linn Run State Park (which has both an "Adams Falls Picnic Area" and "Adams Falls Trail")
Halfway State Park Union Countymarker 1957 R.marker B.marker Winter State Parkmarker Named for Raymond B. Winter, a Forest Ranger who established park and worked there 45 years; also known as "Halfway Dam State Park"
High Rocks State Park Bucks Countymarker Ralph Stover State Parkmarker "High Rocks" refers to part of park added in 1956; this name is listed in the USGS GNIS, but was never an official DCNR name or separate park
Pennsylvania State Park at Erie Erie Countymarker Presque Isle State Parkmarker Was only the second "State Park" by name in state when established in 1921, also known unofficially as "Peninsula State Park"
Sandy Creek State Park Mercer Countymarker 1969 Maurice K.marker Goddard State Parkmarker Proposed as "Sandy Creek" (on Sandy Creek), but name was changed (despite the objections of Dr. Goddard) before park officially opened in 1972
Theodore Roosevelt State Park Bucksmarker and Northamptonmarker Counties 1989 Delaware Canal State Parkmarker Originally named for Theodore Roosevelt, who had no connection to this park; renamed for its focus, the Delaware Canalmarker
Tohickon State Park Bucks Countymarker 1965 Nockamixon State Parkmarker Proposed in 1958 as "Tohickon" (on Tohickon Creek), but name changed before park officially opened in 1973
Whirl's End State Park Sullivan Countymarker 1936 and 1943 Worlds End State Parkmarker "Whirl's End" 1936-1943 (for whirlpool in Loyalsock Creek); "Worlds End" 1932-1936 and 1943 to present (for remote location); also known as "Whirl's Glen"
Valhalla State Forest Park Potter Countymarker 1920s Ole Bull State Parkmarker "Valhalla" was a settlement in Ole Bull's failed Norwegian colony, now within the boundaries of Ole Bull State Park

Former parks

The following seventeen were once Pennsylvania state parks, but have been transferred to federal (National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) or state (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commissionmarker, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry) agencies, or ceased to exist.

Presque Isle State Parkmarker, lighthouse

Ralph Stover State Parkmarker, High Rocks view
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Upper Pine Bottom State Parkmarker, picnic table
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Lyman Run State Parkmarker, Wildcat Hollow

Former State Park  
County or Counties  
Date jurisdiction changed  
Current Name   
Allegheny River State Park Venango Countymarker 1980s Kennerdell (or Allegheny River) tract Now part of Clear Creek State Forestmarker (Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry)
Blue Marsh State Park Berks Countymarker 1978 Blue Marsh Lake and Pennsylvania State Game Lands Number 280 Park was completed, but without funds to operate it, so was given to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, now also partly a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers site
Brandywine Battlefield State Park Delaware Countymarker Brandywine Battlefieldmarker Now a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission site
Bushy Run Battlefield State Park Westmoreland Countymarker Bushy Run Battlefieldmarker Now a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission site
Colerain State Park Huntingdon Countymarker Colerain State Forest Picnic Area Now part of Rothrock State Forestmarker (Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry), also known as "Colerain Forge"
Conrad Weiser Memorial Park Bucks Countymarker 1953 Conrad Weiser Homesteadmarker Now a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission site
Crooked Creek State Park Armstrong Countymarker Crooked Creek Lake Recreation Areamarker Now a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers site
Curwensville State Park Clearfield Countymarker Curwensville Lake on the West Branch Susquehanna River Now a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers site, recreation area operated by Clearfield County
Drake Well State Park Venango Countymarker 1943 Drake Well Museummarker Now a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission site
Fort Necessity State Park Fayette Countymarker 1961 Fort Necessity National Battlefieldmarker Now part of National Park Service site
George W. Childs State Park Pike Countymarker 1983 Part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Areamarker Now part of National Park Service site, donated to the state for a park in 1912 by the widow of Dr. Childs
Hemlock State Forest Park Perry Countymarker Hemlocks Natural Area Now part of Tuscarora State Forestmarker (Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry)
Independence Mall State Park Philadelphia Countymarker 1975 Independence National Historical Parkmarker Now a National Park Service site
Moosic Lake State Park Lackawanna Countymarker 1930s No longer in existence Legislature created park in early 1930s, but did not fund it, so it never came into existence
Snyder-Middleswarth State Park Snyder Countymarker 1980s Snyder Middleswarth Natural Areamarker and Picnic Area Now part of Bald Eagle State Forestmarker (Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry)
Valley Forge State Park Montgomery Countymarker 1976 Valley Forge National Historical Parkmarker Now a National Park Service site, established 1893 as the first state park in Pennsylvania
Voneida State Forest Park Centre Countymarker Hairy Johns State Forest Picnic Area Now part of Bald Eagle State Forestmarker (Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry), established 1922, named for "Hairy John" Voneida
Washington Crossing State Park Bucks Countymarker Washington Crossing Historic Park Now a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission site, established July 1917

Other names of former parks

The following are significantly different former or alternate names for two former Pennsylvania state parks.

See also


a. Four Pennsylvania state parks are also the site of ski areas run by private contractors: Big Poconomarker (Ski Camelback), Blue Knobmarker (Ski Blue Knob), Denton Hillmarker (Ski Denton), and Laurel Mountainmarker (no ski operations in 2006-2007). Two parks are operated by other governmental bodies: Hillmanmarker (managed for hunting by the Pennsylvania Game Commission) and Norristown Farmmarker (operated by the Montgomery Countymarker Department of Parks). Three parks are operated by other organizations: Susquehannamarker (operated by the Williamsportmarker/Lycomingmarker Chamber of Commerce), Promptonmarker (operated by non-profit "Friends of Prompton"), and Salt Springsmarker (operated by non-profit "Friends of Salt Springs").
b. The Pennsylvania counties without state parks as of 2007 are: Armstrongmarker, Juniatamarker, Lehighmarker, Montourmarker, Snydermarker, and Wyomingmarker counties. Two of these counties are sites of former state parks: Crooked Creek in Armstrong County, and Snyder-Middleswarth in Snyder County.
c. The goal of having a state park within 25 miles (40 km) of every resident was set by Maurice K. Goddard (Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters, and then of the Department of Environmental Resources from 1955 to 1979).
d. The seven National Natural Landmarks at least partly within current state parks (with the park name in parentheses, if different) are: Cook Forestmarker, Ferncliff Peninsula (Ohiopylemarker), the Glens Natural Area (Ricketts Glenmarker), Hickory Run Boulder Field (Hickory Runmarker), McConnells Millmarker, the Pine Creek Gorge (includes Colton Pointmarker and Leonard Harrisonmarker), and Presque Islemarker. One National Natural Landmark, Snyder Middleswarth Natural Areamarker, is a former state park.
e. The date of establishment for many Pennsylvania state parks is not always clear, especially for parks developed from state forest property. As an example, consider Upper Pine Bottommarker, which, as of 2007, is a picnic area surrounded by Tiadaghton State Forestmarker. These state forest lands were acquired by the state by the early 1900s, the site was "Upper Pine Bottom Class B Public Campground" by 1924, the CCC built a pavilion there in 1936 (which is no longer extant), but it was not officially transferred from the Bureau of Forests to State Parks until 1962.
f. This park was one of twenty-one chosen by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Parks for its "Twenty Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks" list.
g. This park has one or more historic sites or districts on the National Register of Historic Places.
h. There have been a considerable number of changes in Pennsylvania's categorization of its state parks and other protected areas over the years, so that what can be called a former state park is not always clear. This can be seen by comparing the following three lists from 1923, 1924, and 1937.
In 1923, the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters listed seven "State Forest Parks": Caledoniamarker, Childs (now part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Areamarker), Hairy John's (now a picnic area in Bald Eagle State Forestmarker), James Buchananmarker, Leonard Harrisonmarker, Mont Altomarker, and Valhalla (now Ole Bullmarker).

Note this does not include Snyder-Middleswarth State Forest Parkmarker, established in 1921.

One year later the state listed twenty-six public campgrounds in state forests, which included three of the previous year's state forest parks, plus twelve sites that later became state parks.

The ten Class A Public Campgrounds (with space for cars and tents, on main highways) were: Adams Falls (now Linn Runmarker), Big Springmarker, Caledoniamarker, Childs, Colerain Forge, Darling Run, Laurel Run Park, Ole Bullmarker, Promised Landmarker, and Tea Springs.

The sixteen Class B Public Campgrounds (lean-to shelter, on secondary roads) were: Baldwin, Bear Valley, Cherry Springs Drivemarker, Clear Creekmarker, Donnelly, Joyce Kilmer, Kansas, Koosermarker, Laurel Hill Summit (now Laurel Summitmarker), Laurel Lake Park, Locusts, McCall's Dammarker, Ravensburgmarker, Sizervillemarker, Sulphur Springs, and Upper Pine Bottommarker.

In 1937, the state published a brochure listing the following forty-nine protected areas: six State Parks (Caledoniamarker, Childs, Cook Forestmarker, Presque Islemarker, Pymatuningmarker, and Ralph Stovermarker); eight State Monuments (Bushy Runmarker, Conrad Weisermarker, Drake Wellmarker, Fort Necessitymarker, Fort Washingtonmarker, James Buchananmarker, Valley Forgemarker, and Washington Crossing); ten Forest Recreational Reserves (Clear Creekmarker, Colton Pointmarker, Cowans Gapmarker, Kooser Lakemarker, Parker Dammarker, Pecks Pond, Promised Land Lakemarker, Snow Hill, Whipple Dammarker, Whirl's Endmarker); sixteen Wayside Areas (Big Springmarker, Black Moshannonmarker, Cherry Springmarker, Colerain, Greenwood Furnacemarker, Halfway (now R.B.marker

Wintermarker), Joyce Kilmer, Kettle Creekmarker, Mont Altomarker, Pine Grove Furnacemarker, Reeds Gapmarker, S.B.marker

Elliottmarker, Sideling Hill, Sizervillemarker, and Tea Spring); seven Forest Monuments (Alan Seeger, Bear Meadows, Ole Bullmarker, Detweiler Run, McConnell Narrows, Mount Logan, and Snyder-Middleswarthmarker); and three State Forest Lookouts (Leonard Harrisonmarker, Martins Hill, and Mount Riansares).

Only twelve of the twenty-six public campgrounds from 1924 are on the 1937 list.

Of the forty-nine areas on the 1937 list, twenty-eight are state parks as of 2007, while nine are former state parks, and twelve are in state forests (nine of these still retain their names as state forest picnic, natural or wild areas).


  1. Note: despite the title, the list has all 120 parks and is the default reference for current individual state parks.
  2. Note: URL is to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reprint of article
  3. Note: Search on "State Park" in Pennsylvania for current and former state parks
  4. Note: shows Snyder Middleswarth Natural Area, Hairy Johns Picnic Area
  5. Note: Despite the title, there are twenty-one parks in the list, with Colton Point and Leonard Harrison State Parks treated as one.

External links

Former or Alternate Name  
County or Counties  
Date name changed  
Former Park Name   
Braddock Grave State Park Fayette Countymarker 1961 Part of Fort Necessity State Park Now part of Fort Necessity National Battlefieldmarker (National Park Service)
Hairy John's State Forest Park Centre Countymarker Voneida State Forest Park Named for "Hairy John" Voneida, a 19th century hermit who lived nearby; now a State Forest Picnic Area in Bald Eagle State Forestmarker (Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry)

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