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Pine Grove Furnace State Park

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, from dawn to dusk all year.

Things to Do in Pine Grove Furnace State Park

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.

Family walking on the bridge at Pine Grove Furnace State ParkTrails Include

A recently-installed bridge connects the mid-section of the Koppenhaver Trail to the western trailhead of the Mountain Creek Trail.

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.

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.

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 only). There is a boat launch and a place to rent boats. Boats must display proper registration.

Fishing

You'll find pickerel, perch, bass, and stocked trout in Laurel and Fuller Lakes. Mountain Creek, which flows through the park, has cool-water species, like brown, brook, and rainbow trout.

The park also participates in the PA Fish & Boat Commission Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. The public can borrow rods, reels, and a tackle box on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

View the top 10 fishing locations

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, streams, and wetlands. Good place for irruptive species such as Red Crossbill and Pine Siskin.

View the top birding hotspots

Environmental Education

Several hands-on experiences, guided walks, and programs are offered.

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.

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Pets

Pets are allowed at designated campsites for a fee 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 your pet while visiting the park.

Exterior of the Pine Grove Furnace General StoreGeneral Store

Famous as the location where A.T. thru-hikers celebrate the halfway point of their hike with the "Half-Gallon Challenge," the general store is also a great place to stop for lunch or a snack or to pick up something you may have forgotten for your picnic. The store is open seasonally. Summer hours are Monday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Fall hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Please check their Facebook page to confirm the hours of operation.

Winter Activities

  • Cross-Country Skiing: There are no specific trails designated for cross-country skiing, but Nordic skiers can enjoy the Biker-Hiker Trail when snow conditions allow.  
  • Ice Fishing on Laurel Lake 
  • Ice Skating on Laurel Lake: A small area by the boat launch is maintained for ice skating. Ice thickness is monitored in this area only.
  • Snowmobiling: Just south of the park, a land trailhead at Michaux State Forest provides access to many miles of trails. Parking for vehicles and trailers also is available. Maps of the trails are available at the park office.
  • Hiking: find winter hiking suggestions and tips from Friends of Pine Grove.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

A two-plug, electric-vehicle charging station is available for public use in the parking area off Bendersville Road near the Furnace Stack Day Use Area. Please move to another parking space once your vehicle has been charged.

Stay the Night

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 www.visitpaparks.com.

Ironmaster'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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