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Big Spring State Park 'Shadey Haven' © Firefly Creek
The humidity and the warmth create a natural mist rising off the cool Spring. Gentle breezes against the water in the shade make it an ideal respite.
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BIG SPRING STATE PARK
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Big Spring State Park
'Shadey Haven'
© Firefly Creek

The humidity and the warmth create a natural mist rising off the cool Spring. Gentle breezes against the water in the shade make it an ideal respite.

Big Spring State Park
© Mark Manis Alton, IL

Big Spring State Park
'Deer A Grazing'
© Firefly Creek

These deer kept increasing a few at a time within a few minutes they were foraging and just in time when I arrived.

Big Spring State Park
'Deer Looking at You'
© Firefly Creek

They kept coming over, a few at a time until there were so many they would not all fit in the camera shot I needed a panaramic lense.

Big Spring State Park
'Woodchuck'
© Firefly Creek

This woodchuck let me get so close it was unbelievable, then I got so excited my focus was off but I thought Id share anway.

Big Spring State Park
'Big Springs Path'
© Firefly Creek

This is the flow of Big Spring overlooking the bridge toward the south. The dolomite limestone underground karst gives the water its beautiful aqua blue color.

Big Spring State Park
'Spring Mist'
© Firefly Creek

The humidity and warmth create a misty fog eminating off the Spring that travels the distance of the tributary to the Current River during the Summer months.

Big Spring State Park
© Mark Manis Alton, IL

Big Spring State Park
© Mark Manis Alton, IL

Big Spring State Park
© Mark Manis Alton, IL

Big Spring State Park
© Mark Manis Alton, IL

Big Spring State Park
© Firefly Creek

Big Spring State Park
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring State Park
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring State Park
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring State Park
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring State Park
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring State Park
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring State Park
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring State Park
© Copyright 2010. Lori ODell

Big Spring State Park
'Behind Big Spring in Nov 2011'

This photograph was taken in Nov 2011 from just within the walls behind Big Spring.

Big Spring State Park
'Big Springs with Caves'
© Copyright 2007 - Ken Robinson

Taken July 17th, 2007

Big Spring State Park
'Big Springs with snow'
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Tucked in the side of Conococheague Mountain, Big Spring State Park is a quaint picnic and hiking area. A short loop trail leads to a partially completed railroad tunnel with historic interpretation at the trailhead. The park also provides access to the Iron Horse Trail for day and overnight hiking. The park takes its name from nearby Big Spring, whose waters form the scenic Shermans Creek.
History of the Area
In the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, logging companies lumbered the area. Trees were hauled from the stump to the mill on the Perry Lumber Railroad. This narrow gauge railroad had a terminus at the east end of the park. The trees were cut to supply tanneries, barrel manufacturers and charcoal furnaces. A tannery near the spring operated from early in the 1800s until 1860. In 1871, an axe handle factory was started in the old tannery.

The Newport and Sherman?s Valley Railroad laid tracks through the park to link to the Path Valley Railroad in Franklin County. Their tunnel through Conococheague Mountain failed and the Newport and Sherman?s Valley Railroad went out of business.

During the early 1900s, the area was a community picnic area accessible by road and railroad. The Commonwealth developed the current facility in 1936 with Civilian Conservation Corps Camp S-111.


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Picnicking
Many picnic tables and picnic pavilions are throughout the park. Picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS for reservations.
Trails
A short loop trail leads to the site of the partially completed railroad tunnel. Historic interpretation is provided at the trailhead. The park provides access to the Iron Horse Trail, designed for day hikes and overnight hiking in Tuscarora State Forest.

Snowmobiling:

Big Spring State Park serves as a trailhead providing parking, restrooms and access to the extensive snowmobile trail system in Tuscarora State Forest.
Area Attractions
For more information on nearby attractions, contact: Pennsylvania?s Capital Region Vacation Bureau, 800-995-0969.

Colonel Denning State Park: This quaint park offers camping, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, hunting, cross-country skiing and ice skating and is in the scenic Doubling Gap along PA 233.

Tuscarora State Forest: The 90,968-acre forest is open to hunting, fishing and general recreation. Four miles east of the park is the Hemlocks State Forest Natural Area. This old growth stand of our state tree is magnificent. The National Park Service designated the Hemlocks area as a National Natural Landmark in 1973. 717-536-3191.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 25 USE TO WORK THERE by SHARON CLARK
I use to work there as a maintenance worker and I enjoyed it. I had worked on a program that was like seasonal. I got to meet a lot of people there. I am from here and have been all my life.
November 2 Old tales> by Nancy
My grandfather told me that long ago the springs came off from the top of the mountain!!
August 23
February 21 an amazing place to be by brittney kreitel
my family always brought us up here when we were younger and the scenery was just amazing and beatuiful. its very peaceful and a good place to relax and take the family
July 30 family tradition by The Linsons
we go every year to canoe on the current river and on our way down we stop by Big Spring. Its a beautiful place to visit and our kids love it. We recently got engaged while visiting the spring so now it will always be special to us.
July 21 We go there every year! by lizno88
My family and I have been going year once a year during the month of July to float the current river as well as stay at Big Springs National Park. We also bring along other families who always love going... even children!
July 11 beautiful! by courtney
I visit every year when Im in town! It is simply just a beautiful spring and worth the drive if you are in the area.
May 8 One of the best
Best all around park I have stayed at. Clean park with lots to do with family.


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Directions
The 45-acre Big Spring State Park is 5.5 miles southwest of New Germantown, Perry County, along PA 274.

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