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Address: 28 Fairview Road Penfield, PA 15849-9799
Park Manager: Jim McCorkle
Contact Info: 814-765-0630
parkerdamsp@pa.gov
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Park Alerts ( 2 Alerts )

  • Parker Dam SP Swimming Area Re-Opened:  The swimming area at Parker Dam SP has re-opened after being closed Monday, 7/24/17 and Tuesday, 7/25/17 due to high turbidity from recent heavy rains.

  • 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 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.

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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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    Cross Country Skiing

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    Trails

    • 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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