Little Buffalo State Park

Newport, Pennsylvania

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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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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newport
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 240 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3–4 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 480 feet
Top Elevation: 720 feet
Local Contacts: Little Buffalo State Park, 717-567-9255, tinyurl.com/littlebufsp
Local Maps: USGS Newport; a map of the park is available online at tinyurl.com/littlebuffalospmap

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Jun 2018