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Cowans Gap State Park
COWANS GAP STATE PARK
COWANS GAP STATE PARK
6235 Aughwick Road
Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania   17224

Phone: 717-485-3948
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
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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.
Cabins
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.
Camping
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.
Swimming
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
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.


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Picnicking
Several picnic areas are near the lake. Most of the picnic areas are wooded with many picnic tables available. There are a limited number of fireplaces in the picnic areas, and three of the four picnic pavilions have fireplaces. 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.
Nature Programs
The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office. Programs are offered April to November. Contact the park office for more detailed information.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 11 Vacationed here for 40 years by Michelle
My family and I have come here for more than 40 years as an extended family vacation. We absolutely love it. The beach is clean, its quiet and relaxing. Im looking forward to coming back again this year.
July 25 by Ken and Amelia
We been camping here twice a year for about 40 years we love camping at state parks and this is one of our favorites.
May 23 Fun, Relaxing, Quiet & Safe by Donna Martin 5-23-2011
We traveled from Germantown, MD for several days trips and camped at the resort 4 times over the summer. Enjoyed ourselves very much, staff was very polite, beach was clean, campgrounds were quiet, relaxing and accomadating in every way. We will see you again this year for another great time.
August 23 Family Vacation by Lisasfamily
We had our family vacation here for the second year an we loved it. We love to ride the paddle boats and Kyake and being at the lake swimming every day is not bad either.
September 28 An Awesome Park by wildprincess@aim.com
Cowans Gap was one of the very first type of beach I went to and I loved it there my family and I went there before school started.
February 1 We Love Camping at Cowans Gap by LuAnn Beal
My husband & I love camping at Cowans Gap. Cowans Gap is our favorite place to camp. We camp there several times each season. We really like the layout of the camp sites. The shower houses are always clean. We really enjoy walking the trail around the lake.
June 16 Very disappointed by Myra I. Kidd
Cowans Gap has been our favorite Park. I used the Gap when I was a child. I took you children there now my Grandchildren. BUT I am very disappointed that the Life Guards are not on duty anymore. We bring our Motorhome and grandchildren to stay for a week each year and many weekends. We do not let the kids out of sight but I am willing to pay more for the safety of all.


Area Campgrounds

Ye Olde Mill Campground
599 Grist Mill Road
Burnt Cabins, PA
717-987-3244


Twin Bridges Meadow Family Campgroun
1345 Twin Bridge Road
Chambersburg, PA
717-369-2216


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This beautiful 3 year new vacation home in Bedford County, with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Full Baths, rests on 8.4 acres and is part of a gated rural community that backs up to Gallitzin State Forest.
Web Site: pennsylvaniaviews.com
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Directions
The park is between Chambersburg and McConnellsburg. To reach the park from the west; take Exit 180, Fort Littleton, of I-76, then US 522 north to Burnt Cabins and follow signs to the park. From the east; take Exit 189, Willow Hill, of I-76, then PA 75 south to Richmond Furnace and follow signs. From US 30; take PA 75 north at Fort Loudon to Richmond Furnace and follow signs.

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Cowans Gap State Park
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