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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

Email

pinegrovesp@pa.gov

Upcoming Events

Hound Hiking Series: Mountain Creek Trail

Meet at Pole Steeple parking lot across from Laurel Lake for a 3 mile hike along Mountain Creek and returning on Old Railroad Bed road. Registration required...

8/8 10am
Sunset Rocks Vista Hike

Sunset Rocks Vista 2.5 mile diffificult loop hike. Meet at Furnace Stack Pavilion Parking lot. We will then drive up to Camp Michaux is 0.7 miles back...

8/9 1:30pm
Native Gardeners Volunteer Project

This monthly project will focus on the Pine Grove Furnace State Parks native plant garden at the front of the office. Interested Volunteers will spend a few...

8/14 8am
1872 Beers Map including school off quarry road

Along a strenuous 3.75-mile hike, see some of the hidden history of our area. Find several quarries, an old swimming pool, charcoal hearths, haul roads, and...

8/15 10am
Koppenhaver Trail Tree Identification Hike

Can you identify the trees on the Koppenhaver trail? Meet by Fuller Lake Restrooms for a guided tree identification quiz. Masks are required to attend the...

8/15 2pm

Recent Events

First Day Hike

1/1/2020

Recent Activity

lisa lunny

lisa lunny left a positive review 12/31/2019

My first, first day hike. I loved having a guided hike. It wasn't too long and had a variety of terrain/scenery.

Becki Lieberknecht

Becki Lieberknecht posted a photo 6/30/2019

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!!!

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Pine Grove Furnace State Park posted a photo 1/12/2017

Amy Lee Rothgeb Hill

Amy Lee Rothgeb Hill posted a photo 7/7/2015