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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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  • Beautiful park, lake, and trails. I did an 8 mile hike with Michelle (Environmental Educator at Black Mos.) She was AWESOME! It was a very fun and informative hike. I did not kayak the lake (yet) but ...  more »
  • There was our first experience renting an RV and camping. The RV sites and campsites are a nice distance apart. We were there in early spring so the park was pretty empty except on the weekend. We had...  more »
  • Great park. Lots and lots of hiking trails. Picnic areas with pavilions or just tables. Alot of charcoal grills and all the areas. Beach area with bathrooms. No lifegaurd. Canoe rentals. Little store ...  more »
  • 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!
  • Gorgeous park. Easy in and out for RV camping. Loved that we reserved and paid online and their policy is for you to go directly to your site. Drive to Penn State campus and give yourself an hour to visit the arboretum.
  • This lake is a beautiful high altitude wetland that is a habitat to many rare bog plants, like the carnivorous pitcher plant. It's also a great place to kayak and fish. There are kayak and canoe rentals available.
  • Beautiful bog lake and reasonable boat rentals. The Philipsburg gun club maintains a shooting range next to the lake and what should be a placid time sounds like a war zone with gunfire echoing everywhere. One shooter can pollute the soundscape of the entire park. If you seek peaceful day go elsewhere.

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