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Black Moshannon State Park, Philipsburg

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Love it there. Camping, Swimming, Hiking and Walking. Especially enjoyed canoeing. Michelle is a wonderful Ranger. 
  • This is nice state park, yes remote from the city since you'll need to climb about 8 miles of narrow and winding roads, but ounce on the top of the ridge, this state park is sure small, but nicelly lo...  read more »
  • The campground is a perfect combination of old with the new. Beautiful bath facilities and sites with just electric or sites with water,electric and sewerage. Only site we didn't like was ours-site 9....  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great State Park for RVing. Sites are well marked and easy to get into. Bath houses were clean and convenient to the sites. Great hiking trails, well marked. Looking forward to coming back here.
  • Beautiful, underused state park on a dammed lake that has formed a unique local 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.
  • The pathway through the wetlands is absolutely beautiful in the summertime. Unique flowers are sprinkled throughout the foliage. The name of the park apparently comes from the dark waters which are colored dark by the bog vegetation.
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