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."