Little Buffalo State Park

Newport, Pennsylvania 17074

Little Buffalo State Park

Little Buffalo State Park Professional Guide

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"Bring your camera on this hike. It starts out on an 82-foot-long covered bridge—and not just any covered bridge.This is a Burr Truss, patented by Theodore Burr of Connecticut, architect and builder of the longest single-arch bridge in the world (also in Pennsylvania). How about a tour of a restored nineteenth-century gristmill, with one of the largest waterwheels east of the Mississippi?

Take a self-guided nature tour; then walk the path of a peculiar narrow-gauge railroad on your way to an inlet, where you might see a little green heron, an egret, or a blue-winged teal. End your hike at the Blue Ball Tavern, built in 1811, now the local historical society headquarters."

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Hiking Through History Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides)
Bob Frye
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"Do you have any idea what volksmarching is? If not, here’s your chance to learn. According to the American Volkssport Association, volksmarching is “a noncompetitive 3.1 mile (5 km) or 6.2 mile (10 km) walk. It’s not a pledge walk, it’s not a race, it is a fun activity you do with a club, with your family, with your pet, or all by yourself.” Why’s that important here? Because, at Little Buffalo State Park, this hike follows— partially, though not completely—a volksmarching trail. We leave the volksmarching trail in spots. For example, the volksmarching trail follows Little Buffalo Creek Trail for a while. And it is a pleasant walk, to be sure, following the edge of the stream. That offers the chance to see some wildlife."
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg (Menasha Ridge Press)
Matt Willen
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"Beginning at the visitor center, this hike makes a circuit of Holman Lake by following trails on ridges to the north and south of the lake. Little Buffalo State Park is rich with natural and cultural history. The land in the valley along Little Buffalo Creek was purchased from the Iroquois League of Nations around the time of the Revolutionary War, and farming settlements began to be established in the early years of the 1800s. During the 19th century, the land around the present-day park was the site of a large charcoal furnace, a forge (the Juniata Iron Works), a gristmill (Shoaff ’s Mill), and the Newport and Sherman’s Valley Railroad. These businesses contributed to the development of the valley, as well as to the clearing of its forest. As the timber industry declined, the industries and railroad closed down, leaving farming as the area’s primary industry. The park was opened in 1972 and, in addition to providing recreational opportunities, has served to preserve some of the cultural history."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
998 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 to 4 hours
Spring, summer, fall
Little Buffalo State Park, 1579 State Park Rd., Newport 17074; (717) 567-9255;
Local Contacts
USGS Newport, PA
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