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Address: 28 Fairview Road Penfield, PA 15849-9799
Park Manager: Jim McCorkle
Contact Info: 814-765-0630
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Park Alerts ( 5 Alerts )

  • *SWIMMING PROHIBITED*  Due to recent heavy rains in the area that have caused high turbidity in Parker Lake, swimming will be prohibited until further notice.  The sand beach is still open for your enjoyment.  This closure is for YOUR health and safety.

  • Natural gas service will be interrupted to the park on October 2 and 3, 2018 for a period of 24 hours.  Existing reservations will be honored, and will be contacted by the reservation system with further details.  No additional reservations for this time period will be accepted due to this interruption of services. 

  • Seasons and Hours: 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.

  • Drone Restrictions: To protect park resources, limit conflict with other park users, and avoid safety and privacy liabilities, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), all commonly referred to as DRONES, are only permitted on designated flying fields in six remote controlled airfield parks (Beltsville, Benjamin Rush, Hillman, Lackawanna, Prompton, and Tuscarora). Drones are only permitted in other PA State Parks in very limited circumstances which require a special use permit.

  • General Firewood Quarantine: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order for untreated firewood of any kind coming into the state. Any firewood brought into the state must be kiln dried, heat treated, fumigated, and/or USDA Certified.

    To protect the high quality and native character of our State Parks from exotic invasive species DCNR highly encourages all visitors to:

    • burn/buy locally cut firewood (within 25 miles)

    • BURN ALL firewood brought from another area. Do not leave it. Do not take it with you.

    • Encourage friends and neighbors not to move firewood

    • Do not remove firewood from a Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area. Contact the PA Department of Agriculture, www.agriculture.pa.gov and search on the keyword Spotted Lantern Fly for current quarantine information.

Park Description

The 968-acre Parker Dam State Park offers old-fashioned charm and character. A scenic lake, rustic cabins, quaint campground and unbounded forest make Parker Dam an ideal spot for a relaxing vacation. For wilderness explorers, Parker Dam is a gateway to the vast expanses of Moshannon State Forest. You can walk through recovering tornado ravaged woods, backpack into the 50,000-acre Quehanna Wilderness, mountain bike to your heart’s content or enjoy quiet solitude searching for elusive Pennsylvania elk.

Things To Do ( 14 Available)

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    • Parker Dam Campground
      Season : 8 Months
      Restroom : Modern
      Campsites : 109 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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    • Trail Of New Giants
      More Difficult 1.12 miles
      On May 31, 1985, one of Pennsylvania's largest and strongest tornadoes roared through the park and destroyed the towering forest of ash, oak, beech and sugar maple trees. The Trail of New Giants cuts through the blowdown and the 250-acre Windstorm Preserve. Walk the trail and see the forest regenerating. A spur trail leads to a beautiful vista of the park and surrounding forest.
    • Beaver Dam Trail
      Easiest 0.42 miles
      This trail along Mud Run traverses good beaver habitat. Be on the lookout for signs of this amazing creature. Cuttings, tracks, lodges and dams are clues to its presence.
    • Skunk Trail
      Easiest 0.17 miles
      This trail winds through hardwood trees and connects Souder Trail with Mud Run Road.
    • Stumpfield Trail
      Easiest 0.44 miles
      Begin at the campground amphitheatre and traverse a meadow that was once a forest of pine and hemlock. Look for large stumps left from logging at the turn of the 20th century. Stunted trees and thick shrubs are evidence of repeated wildfires that destroyed topsoil and slowed forest regrowth. This trail connects with Logslide Trail via a gas line.
    • Spurline Trail
      More Difficult 0.40 miles
      Start beyond Montgomery Field on the Fairview Road and follow the old railroad spur used from 1910 to 1913 to log the area.
    • Tornado Alley Trail
      Easiest 0.16 miles
      This logging road connects the Sullivan Ridge Trail (Moshannon State Forest) with the cabin area. It offers a panoramic view of the tornado damage in Abbot Hollow.
    • Laurel Run Trail
      More Difficult 1.46 miles
      Long used by fisherment and more recently by loggers, this trail starts near the campground bridge, follows Laurel Run and winds through the tornado blowdown area.
    • Souder Trail
      Easiest 0.89 miles
      This scenic loop trail features Laurel Run, lush meadows and large hardwood and evergreen trees.
    • Log Slide Trail
      Easiest 0.37 miles
      By the trailhead is an authentic reproduction of a logslide, used in the 1870's to haul logs out of the forest. A display shows other logging tools. Look along the trail for places where the Civilian Conservation Corps cut stone in the 1930's to build Parker Dam. The trail connects with the Stumpfield Trail via a gas line and is part of the Quehanna Trail, which is blazed in orange and blue.
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