Fowlers Hollow State Park

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Fowlers Hollow State Park

Pennsylvania

(717) 776-5272

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Overview

In 1901, the Perry Lumber Company began logging operations in the area by building a narrow gauge logging railroad along the unused Path Valley Railroad grade from New Germantown to what is now Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area. The railroad then expanded south into Bowman Hollow and around the end of Rising Mountain into what is now Fowlers Hollow State Park. The company engine was named the Alfarata after the American Indian princess in the poem the Blue Juniata. The company did not have a large, stationary sawmill, but used five portable sawmills, one of which was used in Fowlers Hollow. The loggers cut lumber and shipped hemlock bark to the Newport Extract Plant. By 1905, the lumber was exhausted and the Perry Lumber Company sold all of its equipment. In 1907, the company sold 2,573 acres to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the early 1930s, unemployed local men, through the Works Progress Administration, constructed many of the facilities in Fowlers Hollow State Park. The 104-acre Fowlers Hollow State Park is in a narrow valley created by Fowler Hollow Run. The park is on the edge of Tuscarora State Forest at the intersection of several multi-use trails. Fowlers Hollow State Park is a trailhead for a variety of hiking trails within and connecting to the trail system of the Tuscarora State Forest. The campground of the park is a good base for adventures into the huge tract of public land. In such close proximity to Tuscarora State Forest, visitors find that the 91,000-acre forest provides excellent terrain for hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing.

Map of Fowlers Hollow (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.272449, -77.580446

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Alfarata and Beaston trails, which are extensive trails in Tuscarora State Forest, meet in Fowlers Hollow State Park. Mountain biking is also permitted on park roads.

  • Camping

    Twelve rustic campsites with electric hookups and six walk-in tent sites are available from mid-April to Mid-December. All campsites have a picnic table and fire ring. There are flush toilets, water spigot and sanitary dump station, but no showers. Pets are permitted.

  • Fishing

    Fowler Hollow Run traverses the park and provides trout fishing. The stream receives a pre-season stocking of brook trout.

  • Hiking

    There are miles of trails throughout Tuscarora State forest. Fowlers Hollow State Park is a trailhead for a variety of hiking trails within and connecting to the trail system of the Tuscarora State Forest. The Tuscarora Trail is nearby.

  • Horseback Riding

    Alfarata and Beaston trails, which are extensive trails in Tuscarora State Forest, meet in Fowlers Hollow State Park.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted on adjacent state forest lands. Terrain is moderately hilly to mountainous and favors turkey and deer.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and a limited number of grills are available in a wooded setting. A large play field is nearby. The one picnic pavilion may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. If unreserved, the picnic pavilion is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • RVing

    The campground host sites amenities include 50-amp electric service.

  • Water Sports

    Fishing is among the popular water sports.

  • Winter Sports

    There are two miles of designated trail southwest of the campground. Skiing is also permitted in all areas of the park. It serves as a trailhead to the 46-mile trail network in Tuscarora State Forest. Snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails and roads from the day following the last deer season in December until April 1, weather permitting.

Directions

Driving

The park can be reached from Blain by turning south from PA 274 at the east end of town, then go one-quarter-mile, turn right over the bridge. The park can also be reached off of PA 274 west of New Germantown on Upper Buck Ridge Road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(717) 776-5272

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