Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Pine Grove Furnace State Park
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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696-acre state park with historic charcoal iron furnace. Offers hiking, biking, camping, boating and two lakes. Home to the Appalachian Trail Museum and Iron Master's Mansion.
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MountaineerLu
Falling Waters, WV1,746 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a nice State Park to visit in South Central Pennsylvania. Like all state parks in that State there is no admission charge. It is centered around a lake with water activities like swimming, boating, fishing and others. There are various picnic areas and concessions. There is a visitor center and Appalachian Trail Museum because this is close to the halfway point on the Appalachian Trail. There is an ice crea, shop near the museum where hikers (and others) celebrate this milestone with a half gallon of ice cream. However due to staff shortages, this shop is frequently closed. In addition to the Appalachian Trail there are a few other hiking trails but they are rather non descript. The Pole Steeple trail is quite exciting however . It is quite steep but not exceedingly difficult. At the top there are rock formations. One must exercise caution but a beautiful view is afforded. This park is a bit different than others in that there are many private homes along the park roads.. when this park was founded they did not buy out the homes and tear them down but let the original homes stay where they were. There seems to be a comfortable co existence.
Written April 21, 2024
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Tracey D
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This park is nice and neat. Plenty to do, little Lake for swimming , has a beach for sun bathing, kayaks, hiking etc. It is part of the Appalachian trail. Love the view from Steele Point.
Written September 23, 2022
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Adam M
Middletown, PA238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Visited this small state park to do some hiking. We did the Pole Steeple trail. It is a moderate difficulty mostly uphill climb and not too long, only about 1 mile up. It is rocky in most spots, but was not too bad. The pinnacle has absolutely stunning views. The rock formations are a bit tricky to navigate in spots, so check your footing carefully. Great place to have a picnic lunch sitting on the rocks overlooking the small lake and forest terrain. There are a few other trails, that we did not check out, but may return someday.
Written March 25, 2022
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Jennifer L
Ford City, PA46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
My husband and I booked site 2 for a week.
If you are looking to disconnect and enjoy nature, this is the place!
It is a smaller campground, cell service is very hit or miss, and peaceful.
Written June 20, 2020
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Susan D
East Berlin, PA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We consider this to be our family lake...two lakes actually Laurel and Fuller. We have had birthday parties, anniversaries and 50 years of memories. The campground is delightful and have two family campouts there a year.
Written April 13, 2020
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Pannipannini
Maryland1,610 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
We came up here on a whim for a hill walk, not realizing what a great place this is for hiking, walking. We did the Pole Steeple trail behind Laurel Forge Pond. It was brief with a big payoff. Unlike some descriptions, it is not dangerous for kids (unless you let them roam at the top). There is a kinder/gentler way to the top. From there, you can join the AT. There is also camping, swimming nearby, for the summer. We definitely intend to return here.
Written November 30, 2019
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Katie L
Mineral Bluff, GA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Very nice, quiet, clean campground. Bathrooms exceptionally well kept. Heard owls and coyotes at dusk. Convenient to I-81.
Written October 16, 2019
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Laura C
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
I love coming here! There is so much to do. You can picnic, swim in 2 beautiful lakes, fish , camp, explore and walk the Appalachian Trail. It is a gorgeous area and very relaxing. It is also wheelchair accessible.
Written July 21, 2019
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Charlotte N
Newport, PA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
I've been to both lakes in the past and go to Fuller Lake often in the summer but this was our first time camping at the campground. We had a site on Horseshoe Loop... The sites are fairly close together but we didn't mind. We had a water source right next to the site and an easy trail to the nice bathhouse. Plenty of room on the site for both our large 10 x 20 tent and our screen tent. The site was all gravel but again we didn't mind and didn't have any issues. We had electric hook-up at our site as well which was nice because we were able to keep the inside of our tent cool and comfortable for sleeping in the 90+ degree heat and humidity that we experienced while we were there. The camp host was friendly and helpful and made sure to keep campers informed of weather-related matters (there were severe thunderstorms in the area that weekend as well). There is a small camp store for supplies. The Appalachian Trail Museum was interesting. And the campground is secluded while being conveniently located not far from nearby towns (Carlise, Shippensburg, Gettysburg, etc.). We love our weekend here and will definitely be returning.
Written July 1, 2019
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theladyisacat
Middletown, PA241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
My husband and I went here for the first time last weekend! We spent over 6 hours here and could have spent a lot more time there.

This park offers two lakes wihlth opportunities to swim--Fuller Lake is smaller and has lifeguards. Laurel Lake is larger without lifeguards, and has the boat launch. Both have concession stands and both are nice, sandy beaches. There are an abundance of picnic tables and grills, but they get packed as the day goes on!! It got very busy in the hours that we were there.

There are so many trails at this park. We ended up partially on the Appalachian trail and then on Pole Steeple. If you can do it, I highly recommend the Pole Steeple trail to get to the vista. It was so gorgeous! Worth the long hike we took. Swamp Trail is very tiny but a nice step in nature. We can't wait to go back.
Written June 29, 2019
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