Surrounded by stunning mixed northern hardwood forest, Lyman Run State Park is a northern Pennsylvania gem that is a must-see state park for RV travelers. The 595 acre park is named after the creek that runs through it, which was dammed to form the 42 acre Lyman Run Lake that is also found within the park. Major Isaac Lyman is who the creek was originally named after. Lyman was an American Revolutionary War veteran who was one of the first permanent settlers in Potter County in 1809. Major Lyman is recognized as the founder of Potter County and has quite a colorful history. Lymann had 17 kids and lived with two of his families. The area was part of the massive lumbering operation that occurred in north central Pennsylvania in the 1880s and 1890s and in the 1930s a Civilian Conservation Corps camp was established to start building the parks amenities.
During the summertime Lyman Run Lake is the center of summer recreation. The lake provides a location to swim, boat and fish, which are all very popular activities within the park. During the winter the lake freezes over and transforms into a great ice skating location. The park also has some great hiking trails and some specific areas where you can use ATV's.
There are two RV friendly campgrounds in Lyman Run State Park that combined have 29 electric sites with water hookups. There are also flush toilets and warm showers available for use, along with a dump station at Lower Campground. Camping is available from the second weekend in April to December when to the deer season ends. Peak season at Lyman Run State Park runs from the start of April to the end of October.
RV Rentals in Lyman Run State Park
Transportation in Lyman Run State Park
Lyman Run State Park is located in northern Pennsylvania within Potter County. The park is nearly completely surrounded by the Susquehannock State Forest and is 15 miles east of Coudersport and seven miles west of Galeton on Lyman Run Road. There are also some smaller towns that are located within 20 miles of the park, including West Pike, Brookland and Gains.
To the south of the park there are no towns or amenities close by due to the area being heavily forested. There are also cities located close to the park with Binghamton NY being the closest at around 120 miles away.
The park is accessible via the US-6 from the north of the park and the east of the park. The area is heavily wooded but is well maintained so you shouldn't have trouble with overhanging branches. As you approach the park you will lose all cell reception and there will be only one radio station. During the winter time this area does get quite a lot of snow, so if you plan on visiting during this time make sure you check the forecast before you start your journey.
There is plenty of parking available in Lyman Run State Park.
Unfortunately there are no public transport options to get to Lyman Run State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in Lyman Run State Park
Campsites in Lyman Run State Park
Dagget Hollow Campground
Dagget Hollow Campground is the largest of the two campgrounds available at Lyman Run State Park. It is located at the northern end of the park and is the closest campground to the beach. There are 16 RV friendly sites that you can use, all of them have 50 amp connections and there are a few that are pet friendly. All of the sites are back-in only and can handle RV's up to 40 feet in length. You can find bathrooms and hot showers at Dagget Hollow Campground, but there is no dump station. All of the sites come equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and a lantern hanger.
There is no cell phone or TV reception at Dagget Hollow, but the ranger station is close by if you need to contact anyone or if there is an emergency. The campground is open from the second weekend in April to December when to the deer season ends.
Lower Campground is the smaller of the two campgrounds available at Lyman Run State Park. It is located at the southern end of the park and is the furtherest campground away from the beach. There are 12 RV friendly sites that you can use, all of them have 50 amp connections and all of the sites are also pet friendly. The sites at Lower Campground vary from being back-in and pull-through and can handle RV's up to 40 feet in length.
You can find bathrooms and hot showers at Lower Campground and there is also a dump station available for use, which is not available at Dagget Hollow Campground. There is no cell phone or TV reception at Lower Campground, but the ranger station is close by if you need to contact anyone or if there is an emergency. The campground is open from the second weekend in April to December when to the deer season ends.
Seasonal activities in Lyman Run State Park
There's no better way to relax during the summer than by hitting the beach and soaking up some sun. If you like to go swimming then you are in luck! There is a sandy beach located on the banks of Lyman Run Lake that is opened late-May until mid-September from 8:00 A.M. to sunset. A modern bathhouse with flush toilets and changing rooms is also located near the beach. The centerpiece of the beach is the snack bar and seasonal boat rental.
For boating fans you will be impressed with the boating facilities available at Lyman Run State Park. On Lyman Run Lake you will find a launching ramp and a courtesy dock for you to use. There is also a mooring area that holds up to 60 boats. If you would like to moor your boat a permit is required, but it can be easily attained at the park office. Electric motors are the only motorized boat permitted on the lake.
Not only does Lyman Lake provide a great place to swim and boat, but it is also an amazing fishing spot. The lake has exceptional water quality and is known for providing excellent trout fishing. During the fishing season The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks the lake with rainbow and palomino trout throughout the fishing season. Along with trout, Bluegill are also a common species that can be found in the lake. Once the lake freezes over ice fishing is also a popular activity.
Hiking is a great way to get out and see the sights around Lyman Run State Park. In total there are five trails that have six miles of length located within the park. If you are looking for an easy hike, check out the Spur Line Trail. On the trail you will find bumps that are the remains of old railroad ties from the days of when logs were pulled through the area during the lumbering era. If you are looking for a challenge, check out the Beehive Trail that is the most difficult in the park.
For those with ATVs there are plenty of opportunities for you to go riding around Lyman Run State Park. There is a Lyman Run ATV trailhead that you can load and offload your ATV which has space for five vehicles with trailers. There are over 43 miles of trails that you can ride in Susquehannock ATV Trail which connects to the Lyman Run ATV trailhead. If you need to use restrooms there are some at the beach area that are within walking distance of the joint ATV trailhead.
During the wintertime Lyman Run State Park turns into a winter wonderland. Lyman Run Lake provides you with ample winter recreational opportunities, including ice skating and ice fishing. The ice thickness is not monitored at the park, so make sure you test it before getting out on the lake. You can also go sledding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing throughout different trails on the park. There are no winter rentals available so you will have to bring your own gear if you want to participate in winter recreational activities.