Penn-Roosevelt State Park

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Penn-Roosevelt State Park

Pennsylvania

(814) 667-1800

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Things To Do

Overview

This 41-acre park is in an isolated area of the Seven Mountains region known as the Stone Creek Kettle. While this Centre County park is small in size, it is surrounded by an 80,000-acre block of Rothrock State Forest. Penn-Roosevelt is a good base for those seeking low-density recreation on this vast expanse of public land. Wildlife is abundant in the area. The alert observer may see white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey and many species of small game. Due to the small acreage, Penn-Roosevelt State Park is closed to hunting. However, the surrounding Rothrock State Forest is open to hunting. The camping area makes an excellent base for a fall hunting trip. In addition there is a small, 3.5-acre lake at the confluence of Sassafras Run and Standing Stone Creek where there are wily native brook trout. The stream below the dam is stocked in the spring. For those looking for an easy access point to Rothrock State Forest and a low traffic area, Penn-Roosevelt State Park is the perfect destination.

Map of Penn-Roosevelt (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.724418, -77.701160

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Activities

  • Camping

    The 18 rustic campsites are for tents only. Some sites are walk-in for more privacy. Drinking water and non-flush toilets are available. Due to the isolated location, Penn-Roosevelt provides an excellent opportunity to get away from noise and electric lights. Park rangers routinely patrol the park and camping fees are paid through a self-registration/payment system.

  • Hiking

    The Mid State Trail bisects the park and provides cross-country hiking in the Ridge and Valley Region of central Pennsylvania. This 171-mile ridge top route connects US 22 at Water Street, Huntington County and the West Rim Trail in the Tioga State Forest north of Blackwell, Tioga County. This trail passes through a diversity of forested areas from newly regenerated forest stands to mature and old growth timber areas. Scenic vistas dot the trail, which passes through Thickhead Wild Area, and Bear Meadows and Detweiler Run natural areas.

  • Horseback Riding

    Thickhead Mountain Road, leading west from Penn-Roosevelt State Park, is closed to motor vehicles and along with the connecting Detweiler Road, makes an excellent trail ride. Horse rentals are not provided.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic area is on the west side of the lake.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing is permitted. Snowmobiling commences the day after the close of deer season in December. Many miles of surrounding state forest roads are open for joint-use by snowmobiles and licensed motor vehicles.

Directions

Driving

The park is easily reached from US 322, one-half mile east of Potters Mills (where US 322 changes from two to four lanes) turn south onto Crowfield Road (six miles to park) or further east, turn south, (near the runaway truck ramp) onto Stone Creek Road (also six miles to park). Penn-Roosevelt can also be reached from Greenwood Furnace State Park. Turn onto Broad Mountain Road at the park office. Follow the Penn-Roosevelt signs (12 miles to the park). Obtain a copy of the Rothrock State Forest Public Use Map from Greenwood Furnace State Park or the Bureau of Forestry office in Huntingdon. The roads to the park are not plowed in the winter.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(814) 667-1800

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