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Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Steeped in natural and historical features, the 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park is on beautiful South Mountain in southern Cumberland County. Surrounded by Michaux State Forest, Pine Grove Furnace features two lakes, 25-acre Laurel Lake and 1.7-acre Fuller Lake, a historic area and the Appalachian Trail.

The Pine Grove Furnace Office and Visitor Center is open 8AM to 6PM daily during the summer season and on weekdays from 8AM to 4PM the rest of the year. Loaner kits are available for use from the park office during open office hours.

Fishing Tackle Loaner Kits include a fishing rod and tackle box. Bait is not included.

Family Activity Backpacks include a backpack, workbook, and additional, topic-specific materials to enhance learning while exploring the park. Varied topics are available.

 

1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners, PA 17324

Phone

717-486-7174

Website

dcnr.state.pa.us

Region

South

Manager

Michael Kutzmonich

Email

pinegrovesp@pa.gov

Upcoming Events

First Day Hike

Join the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park and park staff in celebrating the new year. Start the year off on the right foot, by hiking at Pine Grove...

1/1/2019 1pm
Earth Day Volunteer Clean-up

The park will observe Earth Day with a volunteer day to tidy up the park. There will be a variety of projects to cater to all age groups, so bring out the...

4/27/2019 9am
Woodsy Owl Weekend

Do you like to volunteer as much as you like to camp in PA State Parks? This 2 for 1 volunteer opportunity is perfect for you and your family: two nights of...

5/18/2019 8am

Recent Events

Recent Activity

Aileen Curfman

Aileen Curfman left a positive review 9/22/2018

We attended this activity because we recently needed to use a map and compass in the woods, and we found out the hard way we didn't really know how.

The ranger who led the class made sure everyone had a suitable compass and a map. Using a large mock compass as a teaching aid, she gave very clear, easy-to-understand instructions, step by step, she checked with each person to make sure we understood each step. After getting us familiar with the compass and the map, she showed us how to use them together. Then we did a few practice drills. Our mistakes could have been very frustrating, but the ranger taught with a smile, and her sense of humor lightened the load of learning a series of detailed steps that must be followed correctly. After the practice drills, she sent us out in teams to complete the park's orienteering course. It wasn't an actual competition, but the setup was like the one orienteering teams use in competitions. At 59 minutes for a 35 minute course, my husband and I wouldn't have taken home any medals, but we found all the points, and I will feel much more confident if I need to use a map and compass on a future hike.

We also learned a fun competitive sport that requires more mental skill than physical prowess (at least on this course). As we move into our later years, we will welcome this activity to replace our rigorous mountain hikes that are not well suited for "active seniors."

The ranger mentioned that King's Gap, 6 miles away, has 6 courses at various levels of challenge. I'm excited about going there and honing my new skills.

Aileen Curfman

Aileen Curfman left a positive review 9/22/2018

We attended this activity because we recently needed to use a map and compass in the woods, and we found out the hard way we didn't really know how.

The ranger who led the class made sure everyone had a suitable compass and a map. Using a large mock compass as a teaching aid, she gave very clear, easy-to-understand instructions, step by step, she checked with each person to make sure we understood each step. After getting us familiar with the compass and the map, she showed us how to use them together. Then we did a few practice drills. Our mistakes could have been very frustrating, but the ranger taught with a smile, and her sense of humor lightened the load of learning a series of detailed steps that must be followed correctly. After the practice drills, she sent us out in teams to complete the park's orienteering course. It wasn't an actual competition, but the setup was like the one orienteering teams use in competitions. At 59 minutes for a 35 minute course, my husband and I wouldn't have taken home any medals, but we found all the points, and I will feel much more confident if I need to use a map and compass on a future hike.

We also learned a fun competitive sport that requires more mental skill than physical prowess (at least on this course). As we move into our later years, we will welcome this activity to replace our rigorous mountain hikes that are not well suited for "active seniors."

The ranger mentioned that King's Gap, 6 miles away, has 6 courses at various levels of challenge. I'm excited about going there and honing my new skills.

Christina Naugle-Sowers

Christina Naugle-Sowers left a positive review 5/27/2018

It was great

Kelly

Kelly left a positive review 4/20/2018

Great program!

Kelly

Kelly left a positive review 5/3/2018

Mrs. Lea Smith is amazing! My kids love her program, it is educational and fun!!!

Cathy Brenizer

Cathy Brenizer left a negative review 9/29/2017

It was disappointing compared to when I took my first son a year ago!
I thought it was weird to be outside and watching a tv show .
I miss the old classes about animals or trees and the craft relating to that theme!

Joe

Joe left a positive review 7/23/2017

I had an awesome time! The hike was killer, but the view was amazing!

Joe

Joe left a positive review 7/9/2017

I had a great time.

Joe

Joe left a positive review 6/24/2017

10/10 would recommend with s'mores.

Ann Dybalski

Ann Dybalski left a positive review 6/24/2017

It was a great time. Getting the chance to meet new people and go on a night hike to stargaze and learn new coming techniques was wonderful! I would do this again. Every month if it was offered.