Shawnee State Park, Schellsburg

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#75 of 129 in Nature in Pennsylvania
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.
  • Shawnee State Park is awesome. The fishing is great. Nice camp Ground. Fun for the whole family
  • Nice state park to walk fish swim picnic and always has a great fireworks display for the fourth of July. Convenient clean bathrooms and boats available to rent.
  • Been going here since I was 7. Great park. Fantastic bike trails.
  • Nice quiet little lake. Swim, fish, hike or boat. Plenty to do and plenty of space to do it.
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