Cowans Gap State Park

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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Cowans Gap is interesting geologically in terms of how it was formed. Most gaps—a notch or pass between two mountains—are water gaps, with a river or stream flowing through them. Cowans Gap is a wind gap. It had a stream once, millions of years ago. But after it created the gap, the landscape shifted, leaving Cowans Gap dry. Today visitors to the park can experience it in one of two ways. Want to swim, fish, or boat in the 42-acre lake; picnic; or engage in one of the park’s environmental programs? You can do all those things in the day- use areas, which get the most traffic. Want more solitude? You can hike some of the park’s 11 miles of trails.
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by Bob Frye (Falcon Guides)

Cowans Gap is interesting geologically in terms of how it was formed. Most gaps—a notch or pass between two mountains—are water gaps, with a river or stream flowing through them. Cowans Gap is a wind gap. It had a stream once, millions of years ago. But after it created the gap, the landscape shifted, leaving Cowans Gap dry.

Today visitors to the park can experience it in one of two ways. Want to swim, fish, or boat in the 42-acre lake; picnic; or engage in one of the park’s environmental programs? You can do all
those things in the day- use areas, which get the most traffic. Want more solitude? You can hike some of the park’s 11 miles of trails.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Chambersburg
Campsites: 201
Season: Second Fri in Apr through mid-Dec
Additional Use: Swimming, Boating, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking
Features: Views, Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: (717) 485-3948; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cowansgap/index.htm
Fees per Night: $16-$20+
Facilities: Flush toilets, warm showers, water, electric hookups, sanitary dump station, picnic tables, fire rings, courtesy boat mooring area for registered campers
Driving Directions: Directions to Cowans Gap State Park

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