PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK
PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK
1100 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, Pennsylvania 17324
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Pine Grove Furnace State Park 'Pole Steeple Overlook'
Pole Steeple Trail - Pole Steeple Overlook
Steeped in natural and historical features, the 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park is in a beautiful mountain setting in southern Cumberland County. The two lakes in the park are the 25-acre Laurel Lake and the smaller Fuller Lake, which is 1.7-acre.
The park is easily reached from I-81. Visitors should take Exit 37 to PA 233 south then travel for eight miles.
Camping: rustic sites, some with electricity
Seventy-four tent and trailer sites are available year-round. Access cannot be guaranteed in severe winter weather. The campground offers drinking water, non-flush toilets and a sanitary dump station. A camp store is 0.25-mile from the campground. Sites 37 and 38 are accessible.
Organized Group Tenting: Organized adult or youth groups may reserve the area year-round. The area is divided into six separate sites with capacities varying from 35 to 50 people each, or you can reserve the entire camp. The sites are in a wooded area surrounding an open playfield.
Gracious accommodations and in-town convenience are the perfect combination for your stay in Gettysbug. 1898 brick Victorian in historic district. Walk to battlefield, restaurants, shops.
14.1 miles from park*
Along the trail, hikers will find out how to keep pets safe when hiking and learn about nature as well. During the program, dogs will be able to socialize and get quality exercise outdoors. Only one dog per hiker. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Dogs must be leashed and friendly with other dogs.
Pine Grove Half-Pints
April 1: Terrific Turtles
April 8: Cheerful Chipmunks
April 15: Fantastic Frogs
April 22: Flower Fun
The Half-Pints program series is back on Fridays in April. The program is for children ages 2-6 and will include a story, activity, craft and songs. The 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM programs will be identical, but the topic will change from week to week. All Pine Grove Half-Pints programs are free of charge. Please dress for the outdoors. Programs will be held rain or shine. Siblings are welcome, but when registering, only count the number of children between the ages of 2-6. Registration is required and limited to 12 participants. Please register online, at the park office or by calling 717-486-7174.
Amphibian Night Hike
The night forest is full of life. Take a short night hike on the mile-long Koppenhaver Trail to search for amphibian night life. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight.
Orienteering for Beginners
Try out a new sport: orienteering. Learn how to use a compass and map to make your way throughout the park to find orienteering markers. Loaner compasses will be available. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Orienteering is recommended for ages 8 and older and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Two beaches are open from May to 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
Boating is permitted only on the 25-acre Laurel Lake, which has a boat launch, 85 mooring spaces and a boat rental.
Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Motorboats must display a current boat registration.