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CANCELLATION & UPDATE 12/16/20: Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, all  public staff-led programs have been cancelled until further notice.

Self guided hike options are available below.

  • NOTE: Masks should be worn while hiking on your own.
  • Please practice social distancing at all times.
  • A single-person restroom is available at parking lot #3 as well as the beach shower house. The main restroom facilities are closed for the season.
  • Though the park office will be closed,  First Day Hike stickers, park trail maps, and self-guided CCC trail maps will be available to pick up at the park office window on 1-1-2021 and through the remainder of the weekend.

Some ideas for self-guided hikes include the following:

  • ONE MILE TRAIL: 0.4 mile, easiest hiking. This mountain laurel shaded trail begins along Aughwick Road just above the park office, then winds along the bottom of Tuscarora Mountain to join Three Mile Trail. Hikers can then follow Three Mile Trail to the left, returning to Aughwick Road across from Parking Lot #3, then follow Aughwick Road back to the beginning of One Mile Trail, having walked about one mile.
  • PLESSINGER TRAIL: 1.1 miles, more difficult hiking. This rocky, streamside trail meanders alongside Aughwick Creek and is a great access trail for anglers and a pleasant walk for wildlife watchers.
  • THREE MILE TRAIL: 1.1 miles, more difficult hiking. This 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. Be aware, there is a short, 200-foot section of very steep trail.
  • CCC CAMP FOX WALKING TOUR: Easy hike through the day use area beginning at the park office along the Lakeside Trail to the Beach area.  Using the tour pamphlet available at the park office window, you will find information about each stop along the way.

The Secretary of Health has issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 prior to entering the commonwealth. If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/20201117-SOH-Travel-Mitigation-Order.pdf 


All participants must meet the conditions of the order to participate in park programs. Programs are subject to change and further restrictions.

Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Cowans Gap State Park
6235 Aughwick Road, Fort Loudon, PA 17224-9801


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