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“Pretty park...even in the snow”

Black Moshannon State Park
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

First I should start by saying it probably isn't a fair time of year to be doing this review. The water was algae covered and dark, yet the park features a beach area, indicating the water is likely more pristine than what we saw. Even so, the lake did offer a gorgeous view of fall colors. My wife got plenty of pictures.

We started our visit at the park office to obtain a map and directions to the Lakeside Loop Trail. The lady at the counter was very helpful and wonderfully pleasant, describing the loop in detail. We still found the trail markings to be somewhat confusing, a problem we find inherent in many state parks, so here is a brief summary. The trail begins at the beach parking lot, crosses the lake via the bridge on PA504, winds on the lake side of the Environmental Learning Center, around the lake, across the bridge behind the dam, and back behind the beachhouse to the parking lots. Unfortunately we couldn't explore any of the other trails. It's unseasonably cold and snowing, and we and the dogs were definitely feeling the effects.

I think we will likely visit again. Even though the trees are beautiful in fall, we will likely make a return trip in a warmer time of the year when the water is likely to be at its peak. All in all it's worth a visit for amateur hikers, advanced hikers, horseback riders or snowmobilers.

Thank nature-seer
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

It is a beautiful park with no admission. Large swimming area and the water is very clean. Clean and well cared for washrooms. Very picturesque, very nice place to spend an hour or a day!

3  Thank hockeymum11
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

I have no problem with anything about the park in general, it is a pretty place with lots of trails. However, if you go there for an interest in fishing...it's horrid. I have watched the fishability of the water steadily decline into almost nothingness over the last 30 years or so. There is no stocking, breeding, or any kind of magement at all as a fishery.

7  Thank edna p
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

This was our second camping trip to Black Moshannon State Park. We stayed 4 nights and would have been happy to extend the trip!
We stayed in a rustic cabin (number 12) with our two daughters (5, 1). We were charmed by the size and shape of the cabin. Upon entering the cabin you were in a (relatively) large main room with a food burning stove, bench, table and chairs and partial kitchen (fridge, counter, stove and microwave). To the left of the main room was a set of twin size bunk beds, around the corner from that was a set of double bed bunk beds. This arrangement created a sense of privacy while sleeping and helped prevent the girls from waking each other in the middle of the night. Since 12 was on the end, we felt like we had sufficient privacy but I could imagine feeling crowded during the height of the season. I was especially impressed with how impeccably clean the cabin and the campground bathrooms were. The staff at the park were conscientious and meticulous.
We went on several short hikes including the bog trail (which the 1 year old did herself), the Star Mill Trail (which the 5 year old did but the one year old stuck to her carrier) and another by the camp store. We also had adult bikes and a trailer for the kids-- the hills were tough but it was a fun and safe place for biking to trailheads and down to the lake. The beach was small but the water was fresh and clean and pleasant.
We are looking forward to coming back soon!

6  Thank rkf211
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

We've been coming here for over 25 years. It's great for kids, with the swimming beach, boating, boardwalk trail and various hiking trails. One activity that I didn't see in the other reviews is cross-country skiing. The trails are great for all levels of skiers, and the snow is usually deeper and longer-lasting than in State College. They also have a winter festival, with skating, bowling on the ice and other fun family activities in January. I wish they'd publicize the festivals more, as I often don't hear about them until the pictures are in the paper the following day.

The pavillions seem to be CCC-era, and are nicely located. Even if the pavillions are already taken there are plenty of tables all around the lake and we've never had any problems finding a nice picnic spot.

This is the nearest park to where we live, and we're thankful for that as it's by far our favorite!

Thank Ingrid C
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