COWANS GAP STATE PARK
COWANS GAP STATE PARK
6235 Aughwick Road
Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania 17224
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Cowans Gap State Park
Cowans Gap State Park is a 1,085-acre park in the beautiful Allens Valley of Fulton County. The state forest land surrounding the park furnishes visitors with an abundance of natural beauty during all seasons of the year.
Camping: modern sites, some with electric
Cowans Gap has 224 campsites in two areas. The camping area has a sanitary dump station and modern comfort stations with flush toilets and hot showers. The campsites can accommodate campers from a small tent to a large motor home. Seven walk-in tent sites are adjacent to Camping Area B. An overnight courtesy boat mooring area is provided for registered campers during their stay at the park.
The camping area is open from the second Friday of April until the day following deer season in December.
Organized Group Tenting:
This camping area holds organized groups of up to forty people. The area has a modern restroom with flush toilets and is open from the second Friday of April to the third Sunday in October.
The park has ten rustic cabins that are available during the spring, summer and fall. The three-room cabins have a four-person overnight capacity. They contain a refrigerator, stove, inside fireplace and two bunk beds. There is no indoor plumbing in the cabins. A water faucet is outside. A central comfort station has showers and flush toilets.
Cowans Gap History
Meet at the Interpretive Center to learn about the history of the park - from the French and Indian War and a secret marriage to the CCC and the many boys that helped build the structures you see around the park today.
Would you like to know who lives in the stream and what they can tell us about how healthy Aughwick Creek is? Join the Naturalist at the bridge by Plessinger Trail to find out what is living under the rocks and in the current. Be sure to wear water shoes or old sneakers for in the stream!
Meet at the Interpretive Center for a night hike in search of these nocturnal predators. Learn some of their unique features that make them such versatile hunters in the forests after dark.
See nature up close on the big screen at the Interpretive Center! Stop by to discover some of the hidden beauty found in the smaller things that live at the park.
The 500-foot 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.
Boating: electric motors only
There are two boat launches and 68 mooring spaces on 42-acre Cowans Gap Lake. The boating concession is in the day use area and rents rowboats and paddle boats. The boating concession is open daily in the summer.
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.