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Address: 4216 Beaver Road Philipsburg, PA 16866-9519
Park Manager: Jared Fencil
Contact Info: 814-342-5960
blackmoshannonsp@pa.gov
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Park Description

Black Moshannon State Park covers 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands that provide recreational opportunities for thousands of visitors. The park conserves unique, natural environments and is in Centre County on PA 504, nine miles east of Philipsburg. More than 43,000 acres of the Moshannon State Forest surround the park and help create a remote and wild setting.

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    • Black Moshannon Campground
      Season : 9 Months
      Restroom : Modern
      Campsites : 76 Sites
      Electric : Yes
      Pets Allowed : Yes
      ADA Accessible : Yes
      Please be aware that only designated sites have electric, allow pets and are ADA accessible.
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    Education Programs

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    Sight Seeing

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    Historical Places

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    Scenic View

  • Fishing

    Fishing

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    Cross Country Skiing

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    Snowmobiles

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    Swimming

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    Picnicking

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    Hunting

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    Trails

    • Bog Trail
      Easiest 0.21 miles
      Take the boardwalk to explore a wetland dominated by sphagnum moss and leather leaf, and accented by sedges, rushes, carnivorous plants and lilies. Observe waterfowl and other woldlife along the trail. Wayside panels tell the surprising story of bogs and other park wetlands. Access for people with disabilities is at Boating Area #3.
    • Indian Trail
      More Difficult 0.96 miles
      This trail carries travelers through changing scenery of open oak woods, pines, clearings and an unusual grove of hawthorns.
    • Snowmoblie Trail
      Easiest 0.64 miles
      This trail connects to gravel roads and trails open to snowmobiles, horses and mountain bikes on surrounding state forest land. Use the Beach Parking Lot which is plowed in winter. This grassy old road provides a trip through an oak woods with an open understory.
    • Star Mill Trail
      Easiest 1.10 miles
      With fine views of the lake and opportunities to see wildlife, this trail travels through pines, a climax forest of beech and hemlock and an uncommon stand of balsam fir. Look for evidence of Star Mill, a sawmill which was built in 1879.
    • Allegheny Front
      More Difficult 0.61 miles
      On its way through the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area, this trail travels through pine plantations, hemlock bottomland, wetland edges, hardwood forests, grassy openings, blueberry patches and beaver ponds in all stages of succession. Waterproof footwear is recomended since some sections are often wet. Three boardwalk sections allow exploration of a big marsh, an alder swamp, and other wetlands. The best blueberry areas are near this trail (late July to September).
    • Bog Trail
      Easiest 0.35 miles
      Take the boardwalk to explore a wetland dominated by sphagnum moss and leather leaf, and accented by sedges, rushes, carnivorous plants and lilies. Observe waterfowl and other woldlife along the trail. Wayside panels tell the surprising story of bogs and other park wetlands. Access for people with disabilities is at Boating Area #3.
    • Tent Hill Trail
      More Difficult 0.21 miles
      Begin near campsite 22. This trail drops down to the lakeshore and connects the campground with Lake Loop Trail.
    • Sleepy Hollow Trail
      More Difficult 0.92 miles
      Explore a hemlock-birch forest and woodlands of cherry and oak. This trail is recommended for spring wildflowers. Look for evidence of a 1984 selective timber cut. Harvested trees were killed by years of gypsy moth defoliation. New growth provides good food and cover for turkey, deer and songbirds. The trail starts near pavilion #1.
    • Hay Road Trail
      Easiest 1.10 miles
      This grassy old road eases through a mature mixed-oak forest with a black cherry understory. It once carried farmers to harvest marsh grasses.
    • Moss-Hanne/ Allegheny Front
      More Difficult 2.62 miles
      On its way through the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area, this trail travels through pine plantations, hemlock bottomland, wetland edges, hardwood forests, grassy openings, blueberry patches and beaver ponds in all stages of succession. Waterproof footwear is recomended since some sections are often wet. Three boardwalk sections allow exploration of a big marsh, an alder swamp, and other wetlands. The best blueberry areas are near this trail (late July to September).
    • Blueberry Trail
      Easiest 0.22 miles
      The asphalt portion of the blueberry trail connects the two entrances and completes a loop.
    • Moss-Hanne
      Easiest 0.31 miles
      These portions of the trail are boardwalks that carry you over wet and boggy areas of the Moss-Hanne Trail.
    • Shingle Mill Trail
      More Difficult 0.47 miles
      This path ventures from the parking area near the dam and follows beautiful Black Moshannon Creek. The trial continues north of Huckleberry Road bridge and connects to the Allegehny Front Trail.
    • Seneca Trail
      Easiest 0.86 miles
      This trail weaves through a typical second growth forest of oak and cherry which shades stumps of pine that were logged out over a century ago.
    • Blueberry Trail
      Easiest 0.91 miles
      This trail is an abbreviated version of the Moss-Hanne Trail. Blueberry picking on this trail is optimal.
    • Ski Slope Trail
      Most Difficult 2.22 miles
      Beginning at the beach parking lot for a trek up Rattlesnake Mountain. Enjoy the views for the highest point in the park, including an old ski slope. At the PA 504 crossing, try to decipher the old Philadelphia-Erie Turnpike mile marker.
    • Sleepy Hollow Snowmobile Access Trail
      More Difficult 0.27 miles
      Explore a hemlock-birch forest and woodlands of cherry and oak. This trail is recommended for spring wildflowers. Look for evidence of a 1984 selective timber cut. Harvested trees were killed by years of gypsy moth defoliation. New growth provides good food and cover for turkey, deer and songbirds. The trail starts near pavilion #1.
    • Moss-Hanne
      More Difficult 4.53 miles
      On its way through the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area, this trail travels through pine plantations, hemlock bottomland, wetland edges, hardwood forests, grassy openings, blueberry patches and beaver ponds in all stages of succession. Waterproof footwear is recomended since some sections are often wet. Three boardwalk sections allow exploration of a big marsh, an alder swamp, and other wetlands. The best blueberry areas are near this trail (late July to September).
    • Lake Loop Trail
      Easiest 0.70 miles
      This flat, 3/4 mile loop connects two bridges for an easy walk along the lake's lower shoreline. It offers a visit to the beach (please walk pets to the back of the beach house) and the dam.
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