BLACK MOSHANNON STATE PARK
BLACK MOSHANNON STATE PARK
4216 Beaver Road
Philipsburg, Pennsylvania 16866
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Perched on the top of the Allegheny Plateau, Black Moshannon State Park features the Black Moshannon Bog Natural Area. Trails and a boardwalk help people explore the birds and plants of the bog and surrounding forests. Stay overnight to extend your stay so you can explore the beautiful forests on the hiking trails.
Black Moshannon State Park covers 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands that provide recreational opportunities for thousands of visitors. The park conserves unique, natural environments and is in Centre County on PA Route 504, nine miles east of Philipsburg. More than 43,000 acres of the Moshannon State Forest surround the park and help create a remote and wild setting.
According to local tradition, American Indians called this watershed "Moss-Hanne," meaning "moose stream," thus the origin of the park's name. Appropriately, the "black" in the park name describes the tea-colored waters. The 250-acre Black Moshannon Lake is fed by clear springs and small streams which flow through the bogs that stretch in most directions from its shores. As the clear water flows through sphagnum moss and other wetland plants, it becomes colored by plant tannins. In a sense, the bog vegetation acts like a giant teabag to color the water.
From the second Friday in April until the end of deer season in late December, the park rents 13 rustic cabins. The cabins have minimal furnishings, kitchen stove, refrigerator, electric lights, a wood-burning stove and bunk beds. Six modern cabins are available year-round and have electric heat, bedrooms, living/dining room, kitchen and bath. Renters of rustic and modern cabins must supply their own bed linens, towels, dishes, pots, pans and dinnerware. Cabins are available for weekly rental in summer and on a daily basis during other seasons.
The 80 campsites each have a picnic table and a fire ring. Most can accommodate either a tent or a trailer. The area features a sanitary dump station and washhouses with flush toilets, showers and laundry tubs. Most sites have electrical hookups. The camping season begins the second Friday in April and ends after deer season in late December.
PA Wilds Child
**Signing up for this event on the calendar is not your registration. You are signing up to receive a brochure/registration form for the event. Calling all children ages 7 to 16! Join the Friends of Black Moshannon for a fun-filled day outdoors. Choose 4 one hour classes to attend throughout the day. Classes include canoeing, kayaking, archery, wood working, rock wall climbing, candle-dipping, bluebird habitat, and many more. Register through this calendar to receive a brochure with registration form. Sign up early to get the classes you want! The popular ones fill up fast. All registrations must be received by June 12. No refunds will be given. Cost: $20 per child. This includes lunch for one child and one adult.
Kid's Kayak Kamp
Kid's Kayak Kamp is a kayak camp that takes place for 2 days from 10 am to 2 pm. Day 1 includes basic paddling skills, parts of the boat, and games, such as kayak polo, races, and kayak bingo. Day 2 includes a paddle on the lake with a stop at a campfire for lunch. Lunch is provided on Day 2. This is limited to the first 10 to sign up. Cost: $30 per child. Age limit- 8 to 16 years old. We will meet each morning at Boat Launch #1. Pre-registration is required. Register by calling the park office at 814-342-5960 or email email@example.com. Payment is due at least one week in advance of the camp. We will only refund if the camp has to be cancelled due to weather.
30th Annual Friends of Black Moshannon Summer Festival
Try your luck at winning the Lumber Jack and Lumber Jill competitions at Lumber Days, then dance the night away at the Beach Party. On Sunday, try to build a boat and see how many people can fit into it before it sinks. You can also visit with Smokey Bear and race at the canoe and kayak races. Food and craft vendors will be available on both days.
Have fun at Archery Camp! Archery Camp will take place on July 22, July 23, and July 24 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. During the first day, we will discuss safety, different types of bows, and practice shooting. On the second day, we will be shooting to work on stance and form. The third day will include a field archery experience. The camp is taught by USA Archery and National Field Archery Association instructors. This camp is for ages 9 to 16, and there are 10 spots open. Pre-registration is required. You can register by calling 814-342-5960 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost for camp is $30 per person. Payment is due by July 15, 2015. If payment is not received, the spot will be opened for someone on the waiting list. No refunds will be given, unless weather forces a cancellation.
A sand beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. Lifeguards are on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless otherwise posted. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming when lifeguards are off-duty.
Ninety mooring spaces and three boat launch areas are provided. Boat rentals are available in the summer season. Motorboats must display a boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.