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Address: c/o Little Buffalo State Park 1579 State Park Road Newport, PA 17074-9428
Park Manager: Jason Baker
Contact Info: 717-567-9255
littlebuffsp@pa.gov
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  • The water to the drinking fountain near the restroom has been turned off for the winter.
  • 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 1,025-acre Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area is one of the newest Pennsylvania state parks. The park straddles Blue Mountain and is the habitat of large trees of numerous species, which are homes for deep forests birds, especially warblers. In the summer and fall, the old field is filled with blooming wildflowers like butterfly weed. In late-July and early-August, the flowers attract field birds and many varieties of butterflies.

Things To Do ( 5 Available)

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    Education Programs

  • Scenic_View

    Sight Seeing

  • Cross_Country_Ski

    Cross Country Skiing

  • Hunting

    Hunting

  • Hiking

    Hiking

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    Trails

    • South Road
      Most Difficult 0.27 miles
    • Pond Loop Trail
      Easiest 0.94 miles
      This 1.2 mile trail skirts the spring-fed pond. It is a haven for a number of amphibians during the early spring and summer months and is also a popular watering hole for wildlife.
    • Connector Trail
      More Difficult 0.13 miles
    • Old Connector
      Most Difficult 0.13 miles
    • Connector Trail
      More Difficult 0.47 miles
    • Power Line Access
      Easiest 0.36 miles
    • Mocking Bird Spur
      More Difficult 0.22 miles
      This spur connects to the East Loop Trail and terminates with a gate at the park boundary.
    • Janie Trail
      Most Difficult 3.65 miles
      This 2.8 mile trail is the longest and most challenging trail in the conservation area. It follows the ridge top and comes down the mountain on a steep slope. A red-blazed spur leads to a parking lot on the Blue Mountain Parkway.
    • East Loop Trail
      More Difficult 1.88 miles
      As its name implies, this 1.9 mile trail runs toward the eastern end of the conservation area and follows the power line for about 0.3-mile.
    • Connector
      More Difficult 0.26 miles
    • Unnamed Footpath
      More Difficult 0.16 miles
      This is a footpath that enters the park off of Frog Hollow Rd.
    • Upper Spring Trail
      More Difficult 1.38 miles
      This 2 mile trail provides the hiker with a nice cross-sectional view of the conservation area. This is an excellent trail to see some of the largest trees in the area. These large second growth oaks, hickories and beeches could be old growth stands in the future.
    • Coach Trail
      Easiest 0.86 miles
      This .9 mile trail follows the base of the ridge and loops at the park’s western edge. It is a good cross-country skiing trail as well as a great trail to watch and listen for warblers in the spring and early summer.
    • Ridge Road
      Most Difficult 0.42 miles
    • Creek Trail
      More Difficult 0.90 miles
      This .9 mile trail winds down to the creek near an American beech grove and then angles up the slope near the western edge of the park.
    • Connector
      More Difficult 0.04 miles
    • Lower Spring Trail
      Easiest 0.54 miles
      This 1.1 mile trail is a great trail for cross-country skiing and it is a nice trail to see the heart of the conservation area.

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