Black Moshannon State Park
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.
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.
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.
Two nights in a cabin. It was very nice. The bog trail was absolutely beautiful.
Nice park with good people... they are always having great family friendly activities and there always free
Love coming here. Fun activities. Lots of great hiking trails.
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