Little Buffalo State Park Professional Review and Guide
"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."