Black Moshannon State Park

Philipsburg, Pennsylvania 16866

Black Moshannon State Park

Black Moshannon State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Water is supposed to be blue, right? Not here. Black Moshannon Lake is fed by clear springs, but that water passes through several bogs populated with sphagnum moss and other plants on the way to the lake. As a result the water ends up a dark brown by the time it gets to the lake. Imagine water poured through a tea bag and you can understand the effect.

Paddling the dark waters in a canoe or kayak, especially when you get to the sections covered in floating wildflowers, is a uniquely gorgeous experience. An elevated walking path that extends into the bog allows you to experience it on foot. This is also a wonderful place to hike if you like a big-woods feel—the park has 20 miles of trails of its own and is surrounded by 43,000 acres of state forest. The 1.2-mile Sleepy Hollow Trail is a favorite in spring, when wildflowers are in bloom."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Mid-Apr to mid-Dec
Swimming, Boating, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
Fees per Night
Flush toilets, showers, water, electricity, sanitary dump station, picnic tables, fire rings, swimming beach; hiking trails, mountain biking trails, coin-operated laundry, camp store