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.
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