Nestled in the mountains of northeastern Huntingdon County, historic Greenwood Furnace State Park offers a unique recreational experience. The park is on the western edge of an area of Central Pennsylvania known as the Seven Mountains. It is an area of rugged beauty, abundant wildlife, breathtaking vistas and peaceful solitude.
The 423-acre park is located about 35 miles southeast of State College on PA 305, and is surrounded by an 80,000-acre section of Rothrock State Forest (which offers even more recreational opportunities!). It is adjacent to the Seven Mountains region of central Pennsylvania, offering breathtaking mountain vistas in just about every direction.
If you’re wondering where the “furnace” part came from in the park’s name, there was actually an iron making furnace operation on site during the period from 1834-1904. Several original buildings and village homes are still standing today, and offer a look into community life near an active industrial ironworks. Visitors can take a walking tour and view parts of the old town, tramway, grist mill and more. Exhibits of artifacts from the furnace are on display at the blacksmith shop, which also houses the park’s educational programs (open weekends and holidays during the summer).
Greenwood Furnace State Park is also abundant in outdoor recreation. The 6-acre lake has a sandy swimming beach, and anglers can take a non-motorized boat out on the water for a day of trout fishing. Hikers can venture along miles of challenging hiking trails, or try the park’s self guided orienteering course. Seasonal hunting is allowed within the park (check state licensing requirements), and there are plenty of snowmobile and cross country trails to explore in the wintertime.
Wildlife is abundant in the area. The alert observer may see white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, ruffed grouse and many species of small game. Duck, great blue heron and occasionally osprey visit the lake. During early evening hours in late May and June, whip-poor-will sing their unique call.
Feeding wild animals such as bear, raccoon, duck, goose, and skunk is strongly discouraged. When wildlife loses its fear of people, these animals become pests and dangerous situations can result. Please help in maintaining healthy wildlife populations by not feeding the animals.
The modern campground can accommodate both tent and trailer camping, so pull up your PA RV rental and choose your spot. Pets are allowed at select campsites, and a dump station for your motor home rental in PA is also available. A visitor center and gift shop is open year round (hours vary in the winter season). Trailers and motor homes may use a convenient, sanitary dump station at the campground entrance. The maximum stay is 14 days during the summer season and 21 days during the off-season. Campers must vacate the park for 48 hours between stays.
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