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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

Elusive Gliders

Elusive Gliders Make an origami Flying Squirrel as you learn more about this Elusive species. Search for words that teach you more about the species and...

8/23 6pm
Bike Trails of Pine Grove

Bike Trails of Pine Grove Take a 3-mile round trip ride with the park naturalist through the park on Old Railroad bed road. Trail is flat with a slight...

8/24 1pm
Pennsylvania folk musician Van Wagner

Join Pennsylvania storyteller and singer, Van Wagner, for a performance at the Furnace Stack Pavilion on Sunday, August 25, at 1:00pm. Van Wagoner’s music...

8/25 1pm
Ironmasters Mansion Tour MOST SUNDAYS CALL TO CONFIRM

Ironmaster’s Mansion interior tours are conducted most Sundays at 3 PM. Tours last approximately one hour. Topics include the brick building’s history,...

8/25 3pm
Golden Paddle

Golden Paddle Take a guided kayak tour of Laurel Lake. Space is limited to 12 participants. Participants must be 12 or older and be able to swim to...

8/29 9am

Recent Events

Recent Activity

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.

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.