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Address: 4790 Chapman Dam Road Clarendon, PA 16313-2830
Park Manager: Tyson Martin
Contact Info: 814-723-0250
chapmansp@pa.gov
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Park Alerts ( 3 Alerts )

  • Chapman State Park Beach has “Restricted Swimming” due to elevated Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria counts. For public safety, testing of swimming waters is performed twice weekly. Re-testing has begun. During Restricted Swimming park visitors are not permitted to enter the water at the affected beach. Beach areas posted under Restricted Swimming are still open to the public for sunbathing and other recreational opportunities. In addition to the beach, there are many activities that patrons visiting the park can enjoy. These include camping, picnicking, hiking, boating, bicycling, bocce, horseshoes, bird watching, and more.

  • Pending Dam Rehabilitation Project Update: The dam will be improved to meet Department of Environmental Protection's "Probable Maximum Flood" overtopping regulations, the spillway will be improved, the sediment in the lake will be removed, and fish habitat improved, among other small improvements and repairs. Detailed information on the scope of the project is available here: http://www.dgs.pa.gov/Businesses/Design-and-Construction/Pages/default.aspx#.WOUDy9IrKpp

    Chapman State Park will remain open during the duration of the construction. Many events will still occur, such as the annual Women's Outdoor Workshops and Warren County Winterfest. The campground, day use area, and hiking trails will remain open. There will still be firewood available for purchase in the campground. Hunting is still permitted during appointed seasons. Environmental Education programs will still occur.

    Once the project begins,the scope of the project necessitates the complete draining (aka dewatering) of the lake. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has not stocked the lake since March 2016 and will not stock trout in the lake until the project is complete. Boating and fishing may occur until such time that the lake is drawn down and/or PFBC dictates otherwise.  PFBC will announce resource management plans in the near future.

    During construction expected service impacts include closure of the swimming beach and food & boat concession. Please note, definitive open/close dates are NOT available at present.

    The Department of General Service is presently working to complete the bid process to acquire a contractor to complete necessary work.

  • Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

Park Description

The 805-acre Chapman State Park includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek. Adjacent to state game lands and Allegheny National Forest, Chapman is an oasis of recreational facilities in a vast area of wilderness.

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    • Chapman Campground
      Season : 9 Months
      Restroom : Modern
      Campsites : 83 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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    Trails

    • Penny Run
      More Difficult 1.36 miles
      Blazed in blue. 1.4 miles long. Partially on State Parks and National Forest lands.
    • Old Railroad Grade
      Easiest 0.45 miles
      A short, easy trail that follows the old rail grade from near Parking lot 1 to the northern park boundary.
    • Nature Trail
      Easiest 0.40 miles
      This section is mostly level and follows the lake shore behind the campground. Interpretive panels along the way educate the hiker on the suroundings.
    • Warming Hut/ Hunters Ridge Connector
      Easiest 0.13 miles
    • Lumber Trail
      Easiest 0.40 miles
      .7 miles long in the park boundary. Goes on to national forest land. Slight grade. Abandonded logging road.
    • Lowlands Trail
      Easiest 0.44 miles
      A short hike from the campground, this trail follows an old rail grade south out of the park. The trail continues onto SGL 29 or hikers can cross the swinging bridge across the West Branch of Tionesta Creek, which feeds the lake, to the west side of the lake and onto gamelands road.
    • Nature Trail
      Easiest 0.84 miles
      This section is mostly level and follows the lake shore behind the campground. Interpretive panels along the way educate the hiker on the suroundings.
    • Hunters Ridge
      More Difficult 1.60 miles
      2.0 miles long. Much of this trail is rugged and hilly. One end of the trail is on Forest Road 437, just beyond the office. The other end is at the base of the sledding hill near the Adams Run Restroom. Follows the boundary of SGL 29 and the park at times. Crosses many oil lease roads.
    • Warming Hut Trail
      More Difficult 0.81 miles
      Blazed with orange diamonds.7 miles long. Half of this trail is rugged and hilly. One end of the trail is on Forest Road 437, just beyond the office. The other end is at warming hut/ pavilion five/ boat launch area. This trail follows the lake shore half the time and crosses the main road, climbing above the lake toward the park office.
    • Adams Run Trail
      Easiest 0.47 miles
      Small loop of Adams Run trail that connects the Sledding hill to the OGTA.
    • Adams Run Trail
      More Difficult 1.79 miles
      1.6 miles long. One end at sledding hill, on end near SGL 29 boundary along Gamelands Road. Hilly and often times wet, this trail offers some scenic views in fall/winter. This trail crosses numerous oil roads, please stay on the trail.
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