Bald Eagle State Forest

Raymond B. Winter State Park

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In the mountains west of Lewisburg lies Raymond B. Winter State Park within the Bald Eagle State Forest. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and picnic areas are available there, as well as swimming and fishing in the chilly water at Halfway Dam.

R. B. Winter State Park covers 695 acres. The focal point of the park is Halfway Lake which is filled by spring-fed mountain streams and contained by a hand-laid, native sandstone dam. Open year-round, the park provides diverse opportunities for recreation.

Visitors can spend time at the Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center. The Center is equipped with many educational tools and serves as a classroom and base for educational programs. It also features a hands-on science area, a computer center with environmental software, a library of field guides, classic environmental works and children’s books, and displays of native wildlife. Visitors can test their knowledge of lumber on the Wall of Woods display. Others enjoy sitting at the center’s observation window listening to birds gathered at the microphone-equipped feeding station. Large porches provide opportunities to relax and enjoy the surrounding forest scenery. Near the center is the new Sheary-Linn Amphitheater where outdoor interpretive programs are presented.

For general state park information or to reserve a campsite, cabin, picnic pavilion or an organized group tenting area, call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS, Mon. to Sat. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nearby natural areas in western Union County include: Joyce Kilmer Natural Area, a 77-acre tract of virgin white pine and hemlock located on Paddy Mountain, 6 miles west of Hartleton and the Hook Natural Area, a 5,119-acre tract located on the North Branch of Buffalo Creek, 3 miles north of Hartleton. A complete watershed is preserved in this area. Access is provided by a number of rugged foot trails.