Keystone State Park Stone Lodge Trail

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

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Don’t let the ascent at the beginning of this hike scare you. The trail is relatively flat along most of the route and offers a very peaceful stroll in the sometimes busy park. The visitor’s center is worth spending a little time in before or after hiking. Keystone State Park’s existence may well be credited in part to the park’s lake’s beginnings as part of the endeavors of the Keystone Coal and Coke Company. Owners of the company purchased the land from several farmers in 1909 and created the lake to serve as a reservoir and guard against drought. Originally, water from the reservoir was used to wash the coal mined from the land that today makes up much of Keystone State Park. Water from the reservoir flowed by gravity through wooden pipes to Salemville, where it was used to wash sulfur from the coal and to cool it after it was baked to make coke.

Keystone State Park: Stone Lodge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Don’t let the ascent at the beginning of this hike scare you. The trail is relatively flat along most of the route and offers a very peaceful stroll in the sometimes busy park. The visitor’s center is worth spending a little time in before or after hiking. Keystone State Park’s existence may well be credited in part to the park’s lake’s beginnings as part of the endeavors of the Keystone Coal and Coke Company.

Owners of the company purchased the land from several farmers in 1909 and created the lake to serve as a reservoir and guard against drought. Originally, water from the reservoir was used to wash the coal mined from the land that today makes up much of Keystone State Park. Water from the reservoir flowed by gravity through wooden pipes to Salemville, where it was used to wash sulfur from the coal and to cool it after it was baked to make coke."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greensburg
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,100 feet
Top Elevation: 1,350 feet
Local Contacts: Keystone State Park
Local Maps: USGS Latrobe
Driving Directions: Directions to Keystone State Park: Stone Lodge Trail

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May 2018