Chapman State Park is an oasis in Northwest Pennsylvania that is full of fantastic recreational facilities and some great RV camping options. Adjacent to Pennsylvanian State Game Lands #29 and the Allegheny National Forest, the 805-acre Chapman State Park also includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake. Chapman State Park is named in honor of Dr. Leroy E. Chapman, who was a state senator and part of several civic groups that pushed for a state park to be created in Warren County. The park officially opened in 1951 and it can be found just off U.S. Route 6.
Recreation is of top priority in Chapman State Park. Chapman Lake is open for swimming, boating, and fishing during the summertime and it also stays open in winter for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. Hunting is also a popular activity with 400 acres in the park being open to it during the hunting season. Chapman State Park is also part of an extensive network of trails in the neighbouring 517,000 acre Allegheny National Forest.
Camping at Chapman State Park is available all year round and there are a few different options for those camping in an RV. There are 54 modern electric sites that have a 50 amp power connection, along with 13 non electric sites. Peak season runs from the start of April until the end of October.
Chapman State Park is located in the north-west of Pennsylvania within the Allegheny National Forest. This is a quite remote area of Pennsylvania but you can access the park via the US-6 at either Warren or Clarendon. There are a few small towns located within ten miles of the park including Clarendon, Warren, Tiona and Sheffield. Road access into the park is fairly straightforward with no major obstacles for you to navigate. During the winter time there may be snow storms, so remember to check the weather forecast and call the park office to make sure you will be able to enter the park.
If you are coming from Warren: Travel east for approximately six miles on SR-6 until you reach Clarendon. Turn right onto Railroad Street at the only traffic light in Clarendon. The park office will be around four and a half miles down the road on the right.
From Kane, PA: Travel west for around 21 miles on SR-6 to Clarendon. Turn left onto Railroad Street at the only traffic light in Clarendon. The park office will be around four and a half miles down the road on the right.
There are plenty of parking options at Chapman State Park. Even during the busy summer period, you shouldn't struggle to find a place to park.
There is no public transport available to Chapman State Park.
The park has a rustic campground that is full of the charm of yesteryear. The flat sites are perfect for RV campers and you can choose between different site amenities. In total there are 54 electric sites located throughout two loops that have a 50 amp power connection, along with 13 non electric sites. Warm showers and restrooms are easily accessible to both loops of the campground and there is also water collection points and a dump station available for your convenience. Pets are allowed only at specific sites, so make sure you choose a pet friendly one if you are traveling with a furry friend. A playground is also available for use within the campground.
You should be able to receive cell reception on all the major networks when you are in the campground and it is known for being a very quiet campground. Reservations are available all year round but there is no guarantee that the campground will be open during the winter. Permanent opening hours are from mid-April to mid-December, so if you plan on coming outside those times make sure to call ahead and make sure the campground will be open.
If you want to cool off at Chapman State Park you are in luck! A sand beach is located on the banks of Chapman Lake. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the beach is accessible from 8:00 am until sunset. A concession stand is also open in the beach area that offers snacks, beverages, and ice cream treats. No lifeguards are posted at the beach so be careful and know how good your swimming abilities are.
Chapman Lake also is a very popular boating location during the summer. You are allowed to take electric and non-powered boats onto the lake, but gas powered boats are not allowed. If you don't have a boat there is a concession store open that offers canoes, kayaks and paddle boat rentals. All boats must have a current registration with any state or a launch permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission in order to be used.
Fishing is a great relaxing activity and it can be done during both the summer and in the winter at Chapman State Park. You have a few different fishing options. You could go fish in a boat, or rent one from the concession stand. There are two ADA accessible fishing piers that are located on the east and west shorelines of the lake. Fishing from the banks of the lake is also another great option. The lake has both cold water and warm water fish. Some of the popular species include bluegill, sunfish, yellow perch, sucker and largemouth bass.
If you love to hike you will love Chapman State Park. There have many great hiking options available to you, with over 14 miles of trails existing within the park. Since the park is located within the Allegheny National Forest and State Game Lands 29 there are also many different trails that adjoin those lands. If you are looking for a challenge, try the three mile Hunters Ridge Trail. It is very steep, hilly and the hardest trail in the park.
During the established seasons, Chapman State Park is a hunters paradise. There are more than 400 acres in the park that are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs. Common species found within the park include bear, turkey and deer. Canada goose hunting regulations apply, so contact the park office for more information. Woodchuck hunting is not allowed and dogs can only be trained from Labor Day through to March 31st. If you are looking for more land to hunt on you can also check out the Allegheny National Forest and State Game Lands 29.
Once the snow sets in, Chapman State Park also caters to those snow bunnies who love winter recreation. Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding and ice skating are all available within the park. There is also a warming hut located on the western side of the sledding hills that has a wood burning stove and benches for you to use so you can stay warm. Remember to check the winter weather report and to be very careful on the ice.