Local State Parks, Trails, & Natural Areas

Our region has many state parks and natural areas to explore. Along with trail guides and maps of these areas, our Visitor Center has information on Montour Preserve, managed by the Montour Area Recreation Commission, special trails maintained by the Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy, and local bicycling routes.

In addition to the listed state parks, here are a few other natural wonders you may want to visit.

You can also search for local trails at ExplorePATrails.com. Trails can be found by address, zip, or county. For more information on Pennsylvania State Parks call the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources toll-free at 888-727-2757, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Bald Eagle State Forest, named for the famous Native American, Chief Bald Eagle, includes 194,000 acres in Snyder, Union County, Centre, Mifflin and Clinton Counties. The forest spans across the high, sharp ridges of central Pennsylvania and features miles of pristine mountain streams and tracts of old growth forest. Bald Eagle State Forest District lies in the beautiful ridge and valley section of the state. From the limestone-rich Susquehanna Valley in the southeast to the Allegheny Mountains in the northwest, the forest district is dominated by a series of sandstone ridges some of which reach heights of 2,300 feet above sea level. The many streams within the area have their origin in the forested ridges and flow in several directions eventually emptying into the Susquehanna River. The state forest offers unparalleled pleasing beauty and boundless recreational opportunities such as an extensive network of trails, awesome scenic vistas, flaming fall foliage and picturesque drives. The forest belongs to the citizens of Pennsylvania and is here for their use, enjoyment and exploration.

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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. Seventeen miles west of Lewisburg on SR 192.

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Located at the confluence of the West and North Branches of the Susquehanna River, Shikellamy State Park encompasses 132 acres that feature a Marina at Lake Augusta and a scenic river overlook. The Shikellamy complex includes the 82-acre Milton State Park located along Rt. 15 at West Milton and the 20-acre Susquehanna State Park, home of the Hiawatha paddleboat, located at Reach Rd., Williamsport.

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