Black Moshannon State Park, Philipsburg

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Black Moshannon State Park is a 3481acre Pennsylvania state park in Rush Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, United States. It surrounds Black Moshannon Lake, formed by a dam on Black Moshannon Creek, which has given its name to the lake and park. The park is just west of the Allegheny Front, east of Philipsburg on Pennsylvania Route 504, and is largely surrounded by Moshannon State Forest. A bog in the park provides a habitat for diverse wildlife not common in other areas of the state, such as carnivorous plants, orchids, and species normally found farther north. As home to the "argest reconstituted bog/wetland complex in Pennsylvania".Humans have long used the Black Moshannon area for recreational, industrial, and subsistence purposes. The Seneca tribe used it as hunting and fishing grounds. European settlers cleared some land for farming, then clear-cut the vast stands of old-growth White Pine and Eastern Hemlock to meet the needs of a growing nation during the late 19th century. Black Moshannon State Park rose from the ashes of a depleted forest that was largely destroyed by wildfire in the years following the lumber era. The forests were rehabilitated by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Many of the buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps stand in the park today and are protected on the list of National Register of Historic Places in three historic districts.
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  • We stayed in a rustic cabin for one night and the only regret we have is that we didn't have time to stay longer! We ate breakfast outside with the company of beavers, stunning butterflies, chipmunks ...  more »
  • There is so much to do here. Hiking, biking, fishing (provided you have the proper state issued license), cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter, bird watching, star gazing, hunting, camp...  more »
  • I really enjoyed this park as a child and young adult. The campground has been greatly improved since our last camping adventures 25 years ago. The bathhouses are modern and are really cleaned on a re...  more »
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  • 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.
  • love this lake. The fishing isn't great but it it's a really nice and fun place to visit. Good hiking and picnic areas, good for families as well. I great the do ice fishing in the winter but I have not experienced that.
  • Great campground, and beautiful forests. Bathroom has been recently upgraded, and the park looks clean. Great place to unplug, whether you like it, or not. Poor cellphone reception, at best, because it's up on the Allegheny Plateau. Plenty of wildlife nearby, but still great for kids, because of the lake. There's a beach, but no life guard. The camp store is well stocked, which is good because there isn't a big town anywhere close by. I visit as many Pennsylvania State Parks as I can, but Black Moshannon State Park is one I will return to regularly. My wife was equally impressed!
  • Nice size and shaded tent campsites. Restrooms very clean and modern, self flush toilets, warm and adjustable shower heads. No shelf space in second shower, must leave stuff outside of shower. Restrooms aren't overly bright at night, nice feature if camping close by. Many trails to enjoy, bog trail was interesting. Camped early June, not many mosquitoes, was surprised, but did get a couple of black fly bites when close to lake. Best to bring repellent.
  • This is the best place to go for any kind of outdoor fun. Camp, hike, canoe, amphitheatre, plus tons n tons more. My parents always took me there when I was a kid. Now I get to enjoy watching my children enjoy the same places I did! There's many summer programs, classes, and activities to choose from, as well as seasonal n holiday activities. So be sure u like their page and check for new activity schedules n sign ups. The spots are very limited as this is a very popular place and beautiful. So if ur interested in signing yourself or children up for some super awesome fun, then u need to do it as soon as its possible to guarantee your spot. Don't forget when u go to get some fishing done, do stop by the camp store n grab an ice-cream cone!

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