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Park Manager: Jason Baker
Contact Info: 717-567-9255
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Park Alerts ( 3 Alerts )

  • 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 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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    • Connector Trail
      More Difficult 0.13 miles
    • Connector Trail
      More Difficult 0.47 miles
    • 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.
    • Connector
      More Difficult 0.26 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.\r\n
    • 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.\r\n
    • 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.\r\n
    • 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.\r\n
    • 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.
    • 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.\r\n
    • 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.\r\n
    • Unnamed Footpath
      More Difficult 0.16 miles
      This is a footpath that enters the park off of Frog Hollow Rd.

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