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Moshannon State Forest- The major tracts which now comprise the Moshannon State Forest were once held by large lumber companies, land holding companies and private individuals. The first purchase was 353 acres along Montgomery Run north of Clearfield on September 28, 1898, for $65.45 in delinquent taxes. The last tract of 9,909 acres was purchased from the Lehigh Valley Coal Co. in Centre County in 1956.

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Black Moshannon State Park
Copyright: Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Black Moshannon State Park
Description - Black Moshannon encompasses 3,394 acres including a 250 acre lake. The park is nestled in the Moshannon State Forest land.

The high altitude of the lake and wetlands provides cool summer days and excellent winter activity conditions. Also, plants and animals normally seen farther north can be found here because cool, wet conditions create the right habitat.

The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration created much of the park development during the 1930's. Black Moshannon State Park is an outdoor enthusiast's haven. The park offers boating, warm water fishing, hiking, family camping, cabins, group camping, hunting, picnicking, environmental education program, ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and mountain biking.

Attractions - The park encompasses 3,394 acres including a 250 acre lake. The park is nestled in the Moshannon State Forest land.

The name Moshannon is a native American name meaning Moose Stream because of the stream that runs through the park. The park is located high on top of the Allegheny Front. The underlying sandstone being close to the surface here, creates wetland environments.

The high altitude of the lake and wetlands provides cool summer days and excellent winter activity conditions. Also, plants and animals normally seen farther north can be found here because cool, wet conditions create the right habitat.

Much of the park development was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration during the 1930's.

Recreation - Black Moshannon State Park is an outdoor enthusiast's haven. The park offers boating, warm water fishing, hiking, family camping, cabins, group camping, hunting, picnicking, environmental education program, ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and mountain biking.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Black Moshannon State Park area generally has cold winter months. This western region has temperatures averaging around 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius). The region's average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius).

Location - Black Moshannon State Park is in Centre County on PA Route 504, 9 miles east of Philipsburg.


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Filed By: kathy (williamsport, pa)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: i have been camping at black moshannon for 5 years now and love it, i stayed at black moshannon when i was 9 years old back in the 70's, i am now 34, i convinced my husband we should take the family to black moshannon for a vacation, i told him i remember having fun when i was 9 and thought my kids would enjoy it, well as the story goes we have been going for 5 years now, and this year we have my whole entire family going. I highly recommend this park, lots to do. I will have to update my experience with the whole family.

Filed By: Marie (Clewiston, fl)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The 25-50 people we saw were including the beach/swimming area, picnic area, boat rental area and the campground. I have been to Black Moshannon on several occasions in both the summer & winter. Both times of the year have their own beauty. We love to picnic and swim & fish there. My 8 yr old son has requested to go there again many times. Although we have never stayed at a cabin there or or camped there we have driven up to both the campgrounds and the cabins and would like to spend a longer time there one of these days. 2 yrs ago I did recommend it to a friend and we took our boys there for a day trip. They all seemed to have as much fun as we did.


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Contact Information:
Black Moshannon State Park, RR 1, Box 183 , Philipsburg, PA, 16866-9519, Phone: 814-342-5960
, blackmoshannon@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Moshannon State Forest - The major tracts which now comprise the Moshannon State Forest were once held by large lumber companies, land holding companies and private individuals. The first purchase was 353 acres along Montgomery Run north of Clearfield on September 28, 1898, for $65.45 in delinquent taxes. The last tract of 9,909 acres was purchased from the Lehigh Valley Coal Co. in Centre County in 1956.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Valleys of the Susquehanna Area - The beautiful Susquehanna River winds through fertile valleys surrounded by forest covered ridges. Anglers can explore the world-class smallmouth bass fishing in the river or Penns Creek which is known as one of the best trout streams in America.

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