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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
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.
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: 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.
April 3
Cowans Gap 5K Run/Walk
The Friends of Cowans Gap State Park will be hosting the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk at Cowans Gap State Park on April 3, 2016 at 2 PM. Registration will begin at noon near the food concession building at the beach. The course will start in parking lot #3 and take runners/walkers through both campgrounds. The roads are mostly flat with moderate inclines in some areas. The run/walk will finish near the food concession building at the beach. Trophies will be awarded by age group including an overall male and female winner. All participants will receive a handcrafted medallion. The event will feature a local DJ and food for sale. To register for the event please go to Paper copies are also available at the park office. The deadline to register online is April 1st. You may also register the day of the event. For additional information, please contact the Cowans Gap State Park office at 717-485-3948. All proceeds from this event will go directly back to the park for facility upgrades, special events and environmental education.
April 23
Earth Day Celebration
Join us for our monthly workday to help beautify and preserve the park. Projects may include trail work, picnic table assembly, tree planting, litter pickup, general cleanup, invasive removal and more. The park will provide all materials and tools needed to complete each project. Please wear appropriate clothing and foot wear for outside work. Pre-registration is required by signing up online or contacting the park office at 717-485-3948. Individual, families and groups are all welcome!
May 7
Art in the Park
Join artist and former DCNR designer Nancy Mendes to create a landscape of the park. She will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating a beautiful art piece to take home. All materials will be provided. A donation of $25.00 is requested for participation in these events.
May 16
Homeschool Day - Mammals and Their Homes
Discover what lives around the park and where through discussion and activities. This program is designed for homeschool children ages 7-17. Please indicate age of child in registration comments.
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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.

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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.

Area Campgrounds
Ye Olde Mill Campground
599 Grist Mill Road
Burnt Cabins, PA
Twin Bridges Meadow Family Campgroun
1345 Twin Bridge Road
Chambersburg, PA
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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
Cowans Gap State Park