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Little Buffalo State Park
LITTLE BUFFALO STATE PARK
LITTLE BUFFALO STATE PARK
1579 State Park Road
Newport, Pennsylvania   17074

Phone: 717-567-9255
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
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Little Buffalo State Park
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Little Buffalo State Park

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Little Buffalo State Park
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Little Buffalo State Park
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Little Buffalo State Park
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Little Buffalo State Park
'The Pool at Little Buffalo'
© 2009 Charlotte McDonald Images

This photo was taken by my friend Sharon DeVore. It shows the two great water slides, and the mushroom waterfalls. A great place to spend a hot summer day

Little Buffalo State Park
'Long view of the lake'
© Images are the sole property of Riegle Photography and can not be copied, downloaded or otherwise used without permission of copyright owner, Marcia Riegle. Prints available. Email requests to mriegleyahoo.com

Little Buffalo State Park
'Clays Bridge'
© Images are the sole property of Riegle Photography and can not be copied, downloaded or otherwise used without permission of copyright owner, Marcia Riegle. Prints available. Email requests to mriegleyahoo.com

Little Buffalo State Park
'Schoffs Mill'
© Images are the sole property of Riegle Photography and can not be copied, downloaded or otherwise used without permission of copyright owner, Marcia Riegle. Prints available. Email requests to mriegleyahoo.com

Little Buffalo State Park
'The Bucket Dump'
© 2009 Charlotte McDonald Images

A thunderstorm was approaching we all got out of the pool. Here you can see the bucket dump. The buckets fill with water and spill at random.

Little Buffalo State Park
'Summer Storm'
© 2009 Charlotte McDonald Images

A thunder storm moves out past the lake at Little Buffalo.

Little Buffalo State Park

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Little Buffalo State Park

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Little Buffalo State Park is a place where people have met for centuries. Besides having extensive picnic areas, hiking trails and a lake for fishing and boating, the park is steeped in history. Historical features include a covered bridge, a restored, operating grist mill, an old farm house built on the site of a colonial tavern, and a narrow guage railroad trace which feature one of the original railroad cars.
Swimming
A new, state-of-the-art swimming pool is open. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting, Memorial Day to Labor Day. Fee charged for pool use.
Boating
Electric powered and non-powered boats are permitted. 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.

There are two public boat launches on the north side of Holman Lake. Mooring sites for private boats are available for a fee from April 1 to Nov. 1.

A boat rental is located next to the swimming pool and operates the weekend of Memorial Day through Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, unless otherwise posted. Canoes, rowboats and pedal boats are available.


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Picnicking
Many picnic tables offer nice views of the lake and most are shaded by beautiful oak, maple and ash trees. Charcoal grills are scattered throughout the picnic areas. All picnic areas are open from 8 a.m. to sunset.

There are two picnic areas in Little Buffalo State Park. The Main Picnic Area is a large, shaded lawn surrounding the swimming pools. There are showers, first-aid station, play field, seasonal food concession, playground equipment, boat rental, two picnic pavilions, horseshoe pits, restrooms and many picnic tables. The Main Picnic Area is closed November through April. The East Picnic Area, located by the Little Buffalo Historic District and open year-round, features picnic tables, restrooms, horseshoe pits, environmental interpretive center, picnic pavilion and the Moore Performing Arts Pavilion.

The two picnic pavilions in the west side of the Main Picnic Area seat 80 people, and the picnic pavilion in the East Picnic Area seats 50 people. The picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee by calling 888-PA-PARKS. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first come first served basis.
Nature Programs
Little Buffalo State Park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and campfire 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 year-round. Many programs feature Shoaff's Mill. Over 12,000 people visit the mill annually. For more detailed information on programs contact the park office.
Area Attractions
PCCA Festival at Little Buffalo: Held the third weekend of September in the East Picnic Area, this arts and crafts festival features juried craft people and live performers. Over sixty crafters present their wares and demonstrate their skills. Visitors will find anything from basket weaving, to photography demonstrations, to sheepshearing. Entertainers include singers, storytellers, bands, clowns and magicians. The two-day event is organized by the Perry County Council of the Arts and usually attracts several thousand people. An admission fee is charged.

Old Fashion Cider Squeeze: Held the third weekend of October in time for fall foliage, this festival will take your taste buds back to the mid-19th century. You can see and taste apple butter cooked in a large copper kettle in front of Shoaff's Mill. Apples are ground and squeezed in a century-old water powered press. Shoaff's Mill grinds cornmeal, cracked corn and apples. Taste samples of apple cider, apple butter and cornmeal recipes as long as supplies last.

Halloween Night: Held in the East Picnic Area on the Saturday before Halloween, this program features storytelling, pumpkin carving, refreshments and haunted hayrides. Activities start at 6 p.m.

Christmas Walk: This family oriented activity has become a popular holiday event in the county. Thousands of lights and holiday cutouts dot the East Picnic Area and provide the perfect holiday atmosphere. Santa always makes an appearance. Local 4-H Clubs sell cookies and hot chocolate. Local choirs sing carols many of the nights. The program runs December 17th through December 23rd from 6 to 9 p.m.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 21 Family tradition by sew
I started taking my children to Little Buffalo at least once a season when they were toddlers. Now, we gather to take my grandson there. We have pictures of three generations hiking. I have even made the 45minute drive by myself to just relax and watch nature. It is one of my favorite places in the world.
July 3 Fun for the whole family by Heather
I enjoy visiting the park because it contains alot of fun times and memories for me as a kid, and now that I have kids of my own I look forward to keeping this trudition alive. My family and I ALWAYS try to meet at Little Buffalo State Park for our family reunions. Is a very specail time for all of us. Life drives us more and more apart each day with working and trying our best to keep up with our own lives. so it is always a blessings to just have that one special day a year that we can all meet up, catch up and as always have a great time.
June 25 Nice pool by Crystal
Little buffalo is really a nice place it has grills,pool and lots of sun and shade also if you do not wish to pack food they do have an area at the pool where you can get something to eat.
December 11 One of the best places for family fun!!! by Tiffany
Little Buffalo State Park is an amazing place for summer fun along with winter fun!! it has tons of activities during summer and when winter hits usually the 17th of dec santa comes to the park for 7 nights in a a row. Other than santa appearing at the park, there is lots of neat christmas lights and decorations all over the park. it really is a great time to go with family n enjoy the scenery. alot of ppl also meet here to have family gatherings, reunions and so on, i say its a wonderful place if u havent gone already id suggest to do so!! There is plenty of activities for all ages during the summer months also as well. i think u'd have a wonderful time at Little Buffalo State Park.
June 16 LITTLE BUFFALO by sam
I LOVE LITTLE BUFFALO CAUSE OF ALL THE FUN THINGS SUCH AS SWIMMING, BOATING, FISHING, AND HUNTING
May 14 Most favorite park.. by SassyNknowIt18
I love Little Buffalo. I take my kids there to go hiking. There are many trails to hike on. The Blue Ball Tavern is full of cool things to look at. The mill is like the mill on Little House On The Prairie. They have an Apple Butter Festival in the Fall. Which is very cool. You can purchase apple butter and watch as they make it. You can also enjoy some tasty treats inside the mill. In the summer, there is no other pool like this one. There are water geisers all over the place. I love smelling people cooking out. If you are up for paddle boats, they are also availble at certain times of the year. Fishing is a huge thing as well. This park is my alltime favorite park..


Area Campgrounds

Ferryboat Campsites Inc
32 Ferry Lane
Liverpool, PA
717-444-3200


Paradise Stream Family Campground
PO Box 124
Loysville, PA
717-789-2117


Buttonwood Campground
PO Box 223
Mexico, PA
717-436-8334


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Byron's Bait & Tackle
19 Benvenue Rd
Duncannon, PA
(717) 834-6263


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Pheasant Field Bed Breakfast - Carlisle, PABBs / Inns
Enjoy casual, country elegance in this 200 year old brick farmhouse situated on 10 acres. We are located near the Appalachian Trail, world-class fly fishing and Carlisle collector car events.
Web Site: pheasantfield.com
17.4 miles from park*
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Directions
From PA Route 322, take the Newport Exit and follow PA Route 34 South through the town of Newport. One mile from town turn right onto Little Buffalo State Park Road to the park. From PA Route 322 to the park entrance is 4.6 miles.

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