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Address: 6235 Aughwick Road Fort Loudon, PA 17224-9801
Park Manager: Ken Gwin
Contact Info: 717-485-3948
cowansgapsp@pa.gov
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Park Description

Cowans Gap State Park is a 1,085-acre park in the beautiful Allens Valley of Fulton County. A 42-acre lake, large campground, rustic cabins and many hiking trails are prime attractions. State forest land surrounds the park, providing additional land for recreation and natural beauty in all seasons.

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    Campgrounds

    • Cowans Gap Camping Area A
      Season : 9 Months
      Restroom : Modern
      Campsites : 169 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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    • Cowans Gap Camping Area B
      Season : 9 Months
      Restroom : Modern
      Campsites : 34 Sites
      Electric : Yes
      Pets Allowed : No
      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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    Scenic View

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    Fishing

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    Cross Country Skiing

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    Swimming

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    Picnicking

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    Hunting

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    Hiking

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    Trails

    • Standing Stone And Knobsville Road Trail
      Most Difficult 1.18 miles
      Old Firetrail reverting back to Nature. Had been misuded as a ATV Trail
    • Tuscarora Trail
      Most Difficult 1.96 miles
    • Geyer Trail
      Most Difficult 0.54 miles
      Geyer Trail: 0.5 mile, most difficult hiking.\r\nThis rather steep boundary trail passes through areas of\r\nmountain laurel. The trail starts along Aughwick Road then climbs Tuscarora Mountain to Tuscarora Trail.
    • Cameron Trail
      Most Difficult 0.65 miles
      Cameron Trail: 0.5 mile, more difficult hiking\r\nThis very steep, boundary trail is on the south end of the park and ends atop Cove Mountain. The CCC built this\r\ntrail for firefighting access to Buchanan State Forest.
    • Standing Stone And Lakeside Trail
      Easiest 0.62 miles
      Lakeside Trail: 1.5 miles, easiest hiking\r\nThis very pleasant, nearly level, scenic trail encircles Cowans Gap Lake. This is the most popular trail in the park.
    • Three Mile Trail
      More Difficult 0.87 miles
      Three Mile Trail: 1.1 miles, more difficult hiking\r\nThis trail begins along Aughwick Road across from the upper end of Camping Area A. The trail wanders through mountain laurel on the side of Tuscarora Mountain and is a nice trail to walk in June when the mountain laurel is in bloom. One short very steep section of the trail that is eroded.
    • Misc. Connection Trail Near Interpretive Center
      Easiest 0.27 miles
      This Trailway just connects different Bathrooms, Pavillions and the Nature Center.
    • South Logging Road Trail
      Easiest 0.76 miles
      Lo gging Ro ad Trail: 1.7 miles, easiest hiking\r\nThis old logging road can be walked from one end of the\r\npark to the other and is a good trail to use to make loop\r\nhikes with other trails on the side of Cove Mountain.
    • One/Three Mile Trails
      More Difficult 0.32 miles
      Easy Section of Trail near Lot #3 thru a nice Mountain Laurel Section of the Mountain.
    • Plessinger Traiil
      More Difficult 1.17 miles
      Plessinger Trail: 1.1 miles, more difficult hiking\r\nThis rocky, streamside trail meanders alongside Aughwick\r\nCreek and is a great access trail for anglers and a pleasant walk for wildlife watchers.
    • Horseshoe Trail
      Most Difficult 0.66 miles
      Horseshoe Trail: 0.6 mile, most difficult hiking\r\nThis very steep and very rugged trail passes over a lot of loose stone on steep slopes. The trail starts along Aughwick Road below the park dam, crosses the creek and climbs to the top of Cove Mountain ending on the Knobsville Road Trail.\r\nExperienced hikers only!
    • Ski Trail
      Easiest 0.20 miles
      Ski Trail: 0.2 mile, easiest hiking\r\nThis short spur trail connects Parking Lot #7 with Logging Road Trail above Camping Area B.
    • North Logging Road
      Easiest 0.94 miles
    • Horse Trail
      Easiest 0.18 miles
    • Lakeside Trail
      Easiest 0.44 miles
      Lakeside Trail: 1.5 miles, easiest hiking\r\nThis very pleasant, nearly level, scenic trail encircles Cowans Gap Lake. This is the most popular trail in the park.
    • Standing Stone Trail
      More Difficult 0.47 miles
      This Section of Standing Stone Trail was just constructed and opened in the Fall of 2010
    • Tuscarora And Lakeside Trail
      Most Difficult 0.40 miles
    • One Mile Trail
      Easiest 0.38 miles
      One Mile Trail: 0.4 mile, easiest hiking\r\nThis mountain laurel shaded trail begins along Aughwick\r\nRoad just above the park office, then winds along the\r\nbottom of Tuscarora Mountain to join the Three Mile Trail.\r\nHikers can then follow Three Mile Trail to the left returning to Aughwick Road across from Parking Lot #3, follow\r\nAughwick Road back to the beginning of One Mile trail\r\nhaving walked about one mile.
    • Knobsville Road Trail
      Most Difficult 0.38 miles
      Old Firetrail reverting back to Nature. Had been misuded as a ATV Trail
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