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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  • July 31, 2017
    I enjoyed the view of the lake every morning from the lakeside lodge. It's a nice change to have the amenities of the house as opposed to the modern log cabins in other state parks. Myself, my husband...  more »
  • June 9, 2017
    It took me years to convince my husband and son to come visit Lake Shawnee with me. Now, we come here almost every summer. We have used the paddle boats, canoes and row boats. Sometimes we take our La...  more »
  • May 16, 2017
    I used to come to this lake as a kid and go swimming. We would picnic and fish. Great to come back many years later and see its still a great lake and really nice clean well maintained park.  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    Shawnee State Park is absolutely beautiful. It is very clean. They have picnic areas as well as kayak rentals and lodges. I visited the park to get some walking in, and I'm glad I did. If you want to get away for a day, visit Shawnee State Park. If you want a quick bite or some ice cream, visit Sundaes down the road from there. I will most definitely visit Shawnee State Park again in the near future. 😃❤
  • July 11, 2017
    Went on the 4th of July - not too busy. Nice swim area and separate boat launch area. Restrooms were very clean especially considering the holiday.
  • July 3, 2017
    Great park. Clean bath houses great camping. Tents or campers. Animals allowed
  • July 10, 2017
    Beautiful park. Had a very relaxing time by the water. Kids loved it.
  • June 30, 2017
    Love to come here with kids to swim, walk trails, fish, picnic or just by myself to relax and unwind. Gorgeous!

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