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Black Moshannon State Park

4216 Beaver Road

Black Moshannon State Park covers 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands that provide recreational opportunities for thousands of visitors. The park conserves unique, natural environments and is in Centre County on PA 504, nine miles east of Philipsburg. More than 43,000 acres of the Moshannon State Forest surround the park and help create a remote and wild setting.

According to local tradition, American Indians called this watershed "Moss-Hanne," meaning "moose stream," thus the origin of the park's name. Appropriately, the "black" in the park name describes the tea-colored waters. The 250-acre Black Moshannon Lake is fed by clear springs and small streams which flow through the bogs that stretch in most directions from its shores. As the clear water flows through sphagnum moss and other wetland plants, it becomes colored by plant tannins. In a sense, the bog vegetation acts like a giant teabag to color the water.


Jeremy Hoffman

Saturday, March 31, 2018
The park and surrounding state forest offer a lot. I spend a lot of free time in it. Would it say it's great for kids... Not really. It's a great place for quiet. It offers phenomenal fishing at times. Be prepared to lose baits in the lake but you can have some fun. It's loaded with pickerel.

Bob Livergood

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
This is a really nice campground. It is quiet and clean. There is a nice playground for kids to play at. The bathrooms are clean.there are lots of trails to hike.

windy stringer

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Huge park lots of trails .Campgrounds set off from parks.Saw sign can earn free badge for helping pick up litter from around park that's cool .Camping area not particularly big and tent sites are gravel.Huge river for water recreation didn't see much for swimming though . Does have a small playground at the campsite.Has a nature center Definately a place I desire to explore.

Paul Colose

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
I grew up here! It’s a wonderful place to visit for campers , hikers, snowmobilers, and swimmers to a lesser extent (swimming area is fairly small). Since my childhood here, the park has expanded its scope and range of activities to be very family friendly and community inclusive. I am frequently amazed at the number of programs it now offers versus my youth.

Stuart Clements

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
For a weekend away from State College, this place is great. It has nature walks, including one along the coast of the bog, kayak/canoe/paddleboard rentals between Memorial Day & Labor Day, and the bog itself is a unique sight in late June (approximately) when the water lilies are in bloom.

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