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Shawnee State Park
Copyright: Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Shawnee State Park
Description - Shawnee State Park is named for American Indians who lived for a short time in the vicinity of the park during their westward migration from the Potomac in the early 1700's.

A varied selection of recreational opportunities has made Shawnee State Park one of Pennsylvania's favorite leisure areas during every season of the year. There are 293 camping sites equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. A camp store sells wood, charcoal and other camping supplies and is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. A 100 person capacity primitive tenting area with composting toilets and a hand-pumped well is available with advance reservations. Boating is enjoyed and the park offers three boat launch areas and 183 boat mooring spaces. Paddleboats, canoes and rowboats can be rented at the boat concession during the summer. Shawnee Lake is stocked with warm water game fish. Shawnee's sand and turf beach has modern bathhouses with flush toilets and showers. Environmental education programs, a 12-mile trail system, picnic facilities and over 3,000 acres of land are available for hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Winter activities include: snowmobiling, sledding, tobogganing, ice fishing, ice boating and ice skating.

Attractions - Shawnee State Park is named for American Indians who lived for a short time in the vicinity of the park during their westward migration from the Potomac in the early 1700's.

General Forbes camped his army within the boundaries of the park while building the Forbes Road in the campaign of 1758 against the French at Fort Duquesne, Pittsburgh. One can still walk remnants of the Forbes Trail within the park. The white barn, buildings and houses now surrounded by a lake of water were once surrounded by a sea of grass. These buildings belonged to John Bowman's "Water Brooks Farm." John Bowman was president and chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh and was the driving force behind the building of the Cathedral of Learning.

Recreation - A varied selection of recreational opportunities has made Shawnee State Park one of Pennsylvania's favorite leisure areas during every season of the year. There are 293 camping sites equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. A dump station is nearby. A camp store sells wood, charcoal and other camping supplies and is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. A 100 person capacity primitive tenting area with composting toilets and a hand-pumped well is available with advance reservations. Boating is enjoyed and the park offers three boat launch areas and 183 boat mooring spaces. Paddleboats, canoes and rowboats can be rented at the boat concession during the summer. Shawnee Lake is stocked with warm water game fish. Shawnee's sand and turf beach has modern bathhouses with flush toilets and showers. A food and drink concession is nearby. The park environmental interpreter conducts a regular summer program of nature walks and evening campfires with informative discussions, movies and slides. A 12-mile trail system invites you to explore the scenic beauty of the park. Over 3,000 acres of Shawnee State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Picnic facilities are available and include picnic tables, charcoal grills, water fountains and restrooms. Five picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee.
Winter activities include: snowmobiling, sledding, tobogganing, ice fishing, ice boating and ice skating.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Shawnee State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - Shawnee State Park is located in the southern area of the state 10 miles west of the historic town of Bedford along Route 30.


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Filed By: s rife (mcconnellsburg , pa)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: the best part of the trip was the accessability of everything in the park. the showers and bath rooms were close. the park was very clean. everyone who worked there was very nice and was willing offer help. it was very beautiful with much to do. i was only there for two days and was only able to do a quarter of the activities avaliable.i cant wait to go back.i just want to thank shawnee park and the staff for making me remember how much fun camping and being out doors really is. i guess as you grow older you forget what it use to be like and im gratful that my first real experience with camping since adult hood and it was a great one. i was very sad to leave. thank you shawnee.


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Contact Information:
Shawnee State Park, 132 State Park Road , Schellsburg, PA, 15559, Phone: 814-733-4218
, shawnee@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Laurel Highlands / Southern Alleghenies Area - This area's mountains, valleys, rivers, meadows and woodlands make it irresistible for relaxation and recreation. It also has Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.
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.

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