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Address: Located off Rte 174, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
Phone: (717) 705-7850
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Charming and scenic seven-acre, man-made lake with perfectly clear water that literally bubbles in the middle of Boiling Springs. Take a stroll down Lover's Walk, admire the lovely historic buildings and gardens, and feed the ducks and swans. Pick up lunch at Caffe 101 across the road or bring a picnic lunch and relax under the weeping willows. For special occasions rent the gazebo next to the lake.

The Appalachian Trail runs along the side of the lake. Stop at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for information, maps and short hikes from the lake. Walk south past the historic iron furnace, through a small riparian woodlands, and agricultural fields.  

Fishing: The lake is spring-fed and stocked with trout, and is open to all ages for fishing. During the first month of trout season a section along the Appalachian Trail is open to children 12 and under only. For more information on Pennsylvania Trout Season, please visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Boating: Take a leisurely paddle in a shallow-draft boat, electric-motored boat, or canoe.

Birding: Resident ducks, geese, and a few Mute Swans, make the lake their home throughout the year. Also watch for the occasional Common Loon, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Hooded Mergansers and American Widgeons. In the woodlands downstream, watch and listen for a variety of birds including Baltimore Orioles, Belted Kingfishers, and Red-eyed Vieros.


  • Directions: From PA 174, in town take Front Street (west side of lake) down to the southern end of the lake. Parking is on your left at a boat ramp. Additional parking and a three-season portable toilet is around to your left (left on Race Street, then immediate left on Bucher Hill Road) on the far side of the red-roofed barn.
  • Downtown
  • Months Open: Year-round
  • Motorcoach Parking
  • Parking: Free
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Pets Allowed
Water Recreation
  • Boat Launch
  • Boating
Land Recreation
  • Along the Appalachian Trail
  • Biking Trails
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnic Area/Pavilions
  • Any Length Trail
  • Family Fun Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Stocked Trout

Foundry Day Arts & Crafts Festival

Dates: June 04, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Historic Boiling Springs

Boiling Springs Appalachian Trail Music Festival

Dates: June 19, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Children's Lake