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Pine Grove Furnace State Park

  • Address: 1100 Pine Grove Road Gardners, PA 17324
  • Phone: (717) 486-7174
  • Address: 1100 Pine Grove Road Gardners, PA 17324
  • Phone: (717) 486-7174
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Nestled in Michaux State Forest, Pine Grove Furnace State Park's 696 acres offer wildlife and nature enthusiasts a variety of activities. Explore the self-guided historical trail, which investigates the old structures of the Pine Grove Iron Furnace, or hike to the quartzite outcrop at the Pole Steeple Overlook. Take a stroll along the notable midway point of the Appalachian Trail, and visit the Appalachian Trail Museum - the first museum in the country to be dedicated to hiking. Cool off at the lakeside beaches at Laurel Lake (25 acres) and Fuller Lake (1.7) and wander along the easy trail, Mountain Creek Trail, that connects them. There is so much to do you'll want to make it a weekend or a week and stay overnight. The park day use areas are free and open to the public, dawn to dusk all year.

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Hiking: Pine Grove Furnace State Park has four miles of trails, and connections to longer trails, like the Appalachian Trail. View the entire park from the quartzite rock outcropping at the top of Pole Steeple. Begin at the Pole Steeple parking lot, along Railroad Rd by Laurel Lake. View more about each trail by clicking on its trail name below.

Appalachian Trail: Pine Grove Furnace State Park marks the midway point along the Appalachian Trail. Obeying tradition, hikers eat a half-gallon of ice cream here. Although no camping on the trail is permitted within the park boundaries, visitors can stay overnight at the Ironmaster's Mansion located on the trail in the park for public use. Pine Grove Furnace does allow overnight parking with proper registration. Learn more about the history of the Appalachian Trail at the Appalachian Trail Museum located in the park.

Biking: All park roads and service roads are open to bicycles unless posted otherwise. The two-mile Cumberland County Biker-Hiker Trail connects the Furnace Stack Day Use Area with Laurel Lake Day Use Area. 

Swimming: Enjoy lakeside beaches at Laurel and Fuller Lake from May 1 to September 30, 8 a.m. to sunset. Laurel Lake is swim at your own risk and Fuller Lake has lifeguards on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day unless otherwise posted. Seasonal snack bar. Read more about Laurel Lake.

Boating: Boating is permitted on the 25-acre Laurel Lake (electric motors and non-powered boats only). There is a boat launch and a place to rent boats. Boats must display proper registration.

View boat rental pricing (.pdf).

Fishing: You'll find pickerel, perch and stocked brooke, brown & rainbow trout in Laurel and Fuller Lakes. Year-round trout fishing in Laurel Lake & Mountain Creek; seasonal trout fishing in Fuller Lake.

Birding: A variety of habitats, including mixed forest, shrub/scrub, and swampland, draws nearly 160 bird species during migration and nesting seasons including warblers, buteos, accipiters, flycatchers, woodpeckers, owls, and vireos. During migration, grebes, puddle ducks, and mergansers splash down in the lakes, stream, and wetlands. Good place for irruptive species such as Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.

Environmental Education: Several hands-on experiences, guided walks and programs are offered May through September.

Hunting: Over 75 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, rabbit, pheasant and squirrel. Dog training is permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information. Use extreme caution with firearms at all times and use them only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons.

Pets: Pets are allowed at designated campsites, and throughout the park. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Pets are NOT allowed on the beach. Pets may be taken on trails. Please ensure you clean up after you pet while visiting the park.


• Cross-Country Skiing - numerous opportunities exist throughout the park. 
• Ice Fishing on Laurel Lake
• Ice Skating on Laurel Lake
• Snowmobiling


Camping: 69 sites are available from late March through mid-December. New shower house and restrooms on-site. A seasonal camp store is 0.25-mile from the campground. Organized group tenting is available year-round.

Paymasters Cabin: Available for rent year-round, this historic house renovated into a modern cabin sleeps six people. 

Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-PA-PARKS (1-888-727-2757) or online at

Iron Master's Mansion: Thanks to countless volunteer hours, the Ironmaster's Mansion re-opened on April 5, 2011. It serves as a hostel, providing dormitory-style lodging to the general public and is the perfect venue for wedding receptions, family reunions and special events. The mansion was built in 1829 and is registered with the National Register of Historical Places.

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“Walking trails, lake and beautiful views.” – Marla A., Carlisle, PA

Things to Do
  • Directions: From Interstate 81, take Newville exit 37. Follow Route 233 south eight miles to the park.
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  • Hours: Park: Dawn to Dusk; Park Office 8am-4pm daily
  • Months Open: Year-round
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  • Notes: Road Closure In September of 2017 the Toms Run Bridge on PA Route 233 will be replaced and the road will be closed. This bridge is located approximately 100 yards north of the stop sign at Pine Grove Road. Pine Grove Furnace State Park will not be accessible via PA Route 233 south from I-81 exit 37 during the construction period of approximately two weeks starting September 8, subject to change. PennDot will have detours posted. For those patrons coming from further distances away especially with RVs please use the following: From Carlisle and points east, take exit 47A off of I-81 and go south on PA Route 34 for 8 miles. Make a right on Pine Grove Road and go six miles to the park. From Chambersburg and points west, take exit 16 off of I-81 and go east on US Route 30 for eight and a half miles. Make a left at the light on PA Route 233 and the park is 12 miles ahead.
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  • Number of Cabins: 1
  • Number of Sites: 69
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  • Any Licensed Caterer
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Busy Beavers

  • Date: July 29, 2017
  • Times: Starting: 8:00 PM
  • Location: Pine Grove Furnace State Park
  • Town: Gardners

Trail Treks: Pine Grove Cemetery Hike

  • Dates: Aug 6 2017
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Location: Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Trail Treks: Sunset Rocks Fitness Hike

  • Dates: Aug 13 2017
  • Times: Starting: 9:00 AM
  • Location: Pine Grove Furnace State Park