Shawnee State Park, Schellsburg

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Shawnee State Park is a 3983acre Pennsylvania state park in Juniata and Napier Townships, Bedford County, Pennsylvania in the United States. Shawnee Lake, a 451acre warm water reservoir, is at the center of the park as its main attraction. The park's main entrance is just east of Schellsburg, along U.S. Route 30 and about west of the county seat of Bedford. The park is also easily accessed via State Route 31, by State Route 96 (Shawnee Road).HistoryShawnee State Park is named for Shawnee Creek, a stream which flowed through the area and was dammed to create the recreational lake at the park. The creek was named for the Shawnee, a Native American tribe that once lived in many parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky. They were forced from their lands in Ohio and Kentucky by invading Iroquois, the powerful five-nation confederacy based in western New York. Later the Shawnee were forced west out of Ohio by encroachment by settlers of the Thirteen Colonies.The area surrounding the park was used as a trade route and military road during the French and Indian War (also known as the Seven Years' War). General John Forbes built the Forbes Road (which the modern-day U.S. Highway 30 parallels) to send supplies from the ports in Philadelphia and Baltimore to a force of British soldiers under his command as he tried to capture Fort Duquesne from the French in 1758.
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  • We recently hiked around Shawnee Lake on a recent November trip. Despite the favorable weather, the park was almost deserted. The walk around the lake is about 3.5 miles, and almost entirely flat. We ...  more »
  • My family stayed here this past weekend. We stayed at the campground which was very nice. I really enjoyed biking and hiking on the Lake Shore Trail, which was 3.5 miles. The lake was beautiful and it...  more »
  • The Lake Shore Trail that surrounds Shawnee is a 3.5 mile flowing trail. It’s incredibly picturesque and makes the perfect trail for biking, hiking or just a romantic walk around the lake!!!  more »
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  • This was one of the best State Parks the we have stayed at. Nice well kept park with very clean facilities. The walk around the lake was worth the trip. Our only compliant was that the showers had a button that you had to press every 30 seconds to keep the shower on. I guess this was a very minor inconvenience.
  • Stayed for a weekend in my RV. Very nice sites well-maintained. Easy to Park RV I had a back in sight plenty of room to back in got it parked in one move. Would love to stay there again. Lots of trails and dog friendly.
  • This state park has been improving every year I come to it. The fireworks they have on the 4th of July weekend is great to see on the lake. The fishing here is okay but not great.
  • Conveniently located, great for families, I love the hiking, the lake shore trail is great for families and runners, if you like a challenge and love to take pictures the Forbes trail is beautiful. There are plenty of other trails, for hiking and bicycling, grab a map and explore.
  • Great place for swimming , fishing , boating , camping and picnics. No gas powered motors allowed on the lake. The campground has full hool ups available. They also have yurts and small cabins available for rent. You can buy boating and fishing licenses in the rangers office.

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