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If you're searching for a remote wilderness escape in the heart of Pennsylvania, look no further than Black Moshannon State Park. Located just east of Philipsburg, this 3,394-acre park sits on the shores of Black Moshannon Lake and is surrounded by the 43,000-acre Moshannon State Forest.
The result is a beautiful, secluded park where campers can enjoy a wide range of recreational activities all year round. Boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, and winter sports are just some of the pastimes on offer, and with a 73-site campground located in the heart of this wilderness area, Black Moshannon State Park has everything you need for a memorable camping getaway.
Keep reading to find out what to do and where to stay so you can make the most of your time in this beautiful Pennsylvania park.
The number-one attraction in Black Moshannon State Park would have to be Black Moshannon Lake. This 250-acre lake, created by a dam on Black Moshannon Creek, is fed by springs and streams, and its famous tea-colored waters are a hive of activity during the warmer months.
If you'd like to take a boat out on the lake, there are four boat launching areas available as well as more than 85 mooring spaces. Electric motors only are allowed on the lake. If you don't have your own watercraft, boat rentals are available during summer.
Regardless of whether you take to a boat or decide to stay on dry land, it's worth remembering to bring a fishing rod. Several nearby streams offer rich pickings for trout anglers, while there's also an ADA-accessible fishing pier on the western side of the lake. Ice fishing is a popular pastime during the winter months, with yellow perch, pike, bluegill, largemouth bass, and more all caught here.
When the weather heats up, however, the lake is the perfect spot to cool off. Black Moshannon State Park has a sandy swimming beach for anyone who wants to get wet, while the beach area is also designed to provide easy access for people with disabilities.
But there's plenty more to see and do in Black Moshannon State Park away from the lake, headlined by the 20-mile trail network that winds its way through the park. For an easy family walk, tackle the boardwalk of the half-mile Bog Trail to check out the pretty wetland. If you're feeling a lot more energetic, the seven-mile Moss-Hanne Trail leads you through varied local terrain — if you're walking it between June and August, you might even find some fresh blueberries along the way.
If you'd like to go RV camping in Black Moshannon State Park, rent an RV in Centre County and then reserve a spot in the park's 73-site campground. Most sites in the campground are level, receive a decent amount of shade during the summer months, and can accommodate either RVs or tents.
Among these 73 sites, there are 12 full-hookup sites and 44 electrical sites. Clean restrooms with flushing toilets and showers are provided. Other amenities include coin-operated laundry facilities and an RV dump station.
If you want to camp at Black Moshannon State Park with your dog, the good news is that pets are permitted on designated sites. Make sure you choose a pet-friendly site when making a reservation, and remember to keep your dog on a leash and clean up after them at all times.
Finally, if you're traveling with friends and family who don't want to camp in an RV, they can make use of the park's cottages and cabins.
Once you've explored everything Black Moshannon State Park has to offer, you'll be pleased to learn that there are plenty of other interesting and spectacular attractions worth checking out nearby.
For example, if you'd like to go RV camping in another great Pennsylvania state park, Bald Eagle State Park is less than an hour's drive to the northeast.
If you head in the opposite direction, you'll soon find yourself in Altoona. History buffs will love exploring the Railroaders Memorial Museum and the Baker Mansion here.
And if you'd rather head for a big city, you can be in Pittsburgh in less than two and a half hours. While you're there, make sure you enjoy a day out at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
Whatever type of experience or activity you're looking for, you won't have to drive too far to find it. Rent a motorhome near Black Moshannon State Park and start planning your perfect Pennsylvania camping getaway.