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Black Moshannon State Park, Philipsburg
(4.6/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
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  • We stopped for a visit at the S.B. Elliot State Park ranger station just off of I-80 exit 111. Just inside the ranger station they have a plethora of information pamphlets on the local outdoors. Many ...  more »
  • I've been here many times. Used to live in the area so I know 'Mo.' Winding roads, off roads, natural spring, creeks & wild life. Swimming, row boats, hunting camps. Picnicking, activities. Great plac...  more »
  • Love it there. Camping, Swimming, Hiking and Walking. Especially enjoyed canoeing. Michelle is a wonderful Ranger. 
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  • Visited this park a couple of times, it was autumn both times. Didn't own a kayak yet, so never paddled the lake. Hiking around the lake affords one some lovely views of the far shore with the leaves bursting with color. Nice trails lace the park for either biking or hiking. Seems like a wide range of terrain as well. there are cabins too, both rustic (no facilities) and modern (electricity, shower, kitchen and electric heat) which look quite nice.
  • A fantastic park. We have stayed here 3 times in the cabins, twice during the peak season and once in the winter. This is a great family-friendly park. They have different activities at the camp store. Nice network of hiking trails, hikes of all lengths are possible, including a lovely 12.5 mile loop around the whole park, which we did during the winter and it was quite beautiful. There is also an amazing loop hike heading up Benner Run north of the park. An amazing quantity and variety of mushrooms grow here.
  • The campground and surrounding areas are wooded and beautiful. The facilities were pretty clean. The tent sites are all shaded and have leveled areas, picnic tables, fire ring/grill, and lantern hooks. Our problem, both times we stayed here, was the loud partying at other campsites. Campground "hosts" failed to reign them in both times. It is a family campground with lots of large families and kids. Lots of tired cross country travelers like us, just wanting a quiet place to sleep and listen to the forest. Instead, we lay awake listening to drunk high school kids screaming and howling until midnight. Don't stay here for the quiet. It's a pity as it's a beautiful area. If campground "hosts" don't enforce the rules, they need a ranger to patrol at night or something. No one wants some drunk stumbling into their campsite to pee in the bushes.
  • Beautiful, underused state park on a dammed lake that has formed a unique bog ecosystem. There are extensive trails, but I especially recommend kayaking to poke about the lake. Wildlife abounds, including an active beaver lodge, great blue herons, and wood ducks.
  • I think a person's review of this place really depends on what they went there for. And the experience they had doing or seeing those things. Anyhow, I came to this state Park to just meditate and enjoy the beauty of the (almost) untouched nature. And got all I wanted :) trails are so scenic and great.