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Pine Grove Furnace State Park
PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK
PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK
1100 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, Pennsylvania   17324

Phone: 717-486-7174
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
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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.
Nature of the Area
The park is easily reached from I-81. Visitors should take Exit 37 to PA 233 south then travel for eight miles.
Camping
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.
Nearby Accommodations
The Brickhouse Inn - Gettysburg, PABBs / Inns
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*
Swimming
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
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.


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Picnicking
Many picnic tables are scattered in several locations of the park. Charcoal grills, drinking water and restrooms are available. Two picnic pavilions (seating 80 and 140) may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Trails
Hiking

3 miles of trails

Buck Ridge Trail: 6 miles - This trail through the Michaux State Forest connects Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center and Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The trailhead is across from the park office and is marked with orange paint blazes.

Creek Trail: .5 mile - Begin at the amphitheater and wind past vernal ponds and a stand of white pine along Mountain Creek near the camping area.

Mountain Creek: 1.4-mile - This trail is a link between the bicycle trail to Fuller Lake and the Icehouse Road to Laurel Lake. The trail affords the hiker an alternate path to Laurel Lake Day Use area other than the paved roadway. This trail winds along scenic Mountain Creek. The trail meanders through forests and wetlands as it follows Mountain Creek downstream to Laurel Lake. Deer, heron, waterfowl and beaver can be see along this trail.

Koppenhaver Trail: 1 mile - Begin this scenic, yellow-blazed loop trail at the far end of Fuller ball field. The footpath crosses Tom's Run and passes through stands of mature pines and hemlocks.

Pole Steeple Trail: .75-mile - This blue-blazed state forest trail contains some steep climbing. The entire park can be viewed from the Pole Steeple Overlook, which is a quartzite rock outcropping. The trail begins at the Pole Steeple parking lot, along the Railroad Road by Laurel Lake, and proceeds up Piney Mountain to the rocky overlook.

The steep grade and sheer drop may stress some individuals. Parents are advised to closely supervise children, especially when they are on the rocks and ledges.

Swamp Trail: .25 mile - Investigate a small, forested swamp filled with interesting plants and animals. The trail begins and ends on the bicycle path.

Bicycle Trails:

All park roads and service roads are open to bicycles unless posted otherwise. A two-mile section of the Cumberland County Bike Trail connects the Furnace Stack Day Use Area with Laurel Lake Day Use Area. Bicyclists are advised to use caution because all trails are shared with pedestrian traffic and some are open to motor vehicles. Pennsylvania state law requires all bicyclists under the age of 12 to wear an approved helmet. A bicycle rental concession is available at the boat launch at Laurel Lake.

Appalachian Trail:

This famous 2,000-mile national scenic trail is marked by white blazes and goes from Mt. Katahdin in central Maine to Springer Mountain in northern Georgia. The trail is popular with day hikers as well as backpackers.

You can begin your Appalachian Trail experience along Quarry Road by the furnace. A parking area near the furnace pavilion and a comfort station are available for trail users. Please visit the park office to register your car and intended destination and/or time of return.

Cross-country Skiing: Nordic skiers can enjoy the use of the railroad grade when snow conditions allow. Although no trails are specifically designated for cross-country skiing, numerous opportunities exist, especially during winters with heavy snowfalls, both within the park and on the surrounding state forest lands.

Snowmobiling: A trailhead parking area on nearby state forest land provides parking for vehicles and snowmobile trailers, and access to many miles of trails on state forest lands. Maps of the trails are available at the park office.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 28 Home away from home by david and sandy
As cabin owners,we can continually be restored with the all around beauty of forests,wildlife and water.it does not get any better than this.
July 25 Paradise! by blonde
This park is small, the folks are so nice, the hosts are very helpful, all staff is friendly, the trails are excellent- from the beginners up to the advanced; they are well marked and well cared for too. This is my favorite place- not just to camp and swim, but literally my favorite spot in the world :)
August 23 Our favorite park by sky17257
I love it here. I would love to get married here just not sure how to go about doing it.
November 23 I have a cabin on ice house road by Ben
I love it here we go for 2 weeks every year in the summer it is a great place, the fishing could be better though haha
August 20
amazing. i love it here. My dad actually got married here. =]
July 11 Love it! by Jeanne L. Smith
My brothers and sisters and I spent many weekends camping at Fuller lake when we were young. They were some of the happiest memories of our childhood. I now live out of state, but when I return, we always return to Fuller or Laural Lake for picnics. Pine Grove Furnace brings back lots of wonderful memories for us.
April 19 its so so
September 30 Nice walking by Eric Adams
Took a prepatory hike at the park, as part of a warm up for a Scout outing to New Mexico. Nice trails, clean surroundings, quiet.


Area Campgrounds

Western Village RV Park Inc
200 Greenview Drive
Carlisle, PA
717-243-1179


Walmar Manor Campground
125 Walmar Manor
Dillsburg, PA
717-432-4523


Cherokee Campground
200 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA
717-486-8000


Deer Run Campground
111 Sheet Iron Roof Road
Gardners, PA


Mountain Creek Campground
349 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA
717-486-7681


Drummer Boy Camping Resort
1300 Hanover Road
Gettysburg, PA


Gettysburg Campground
2030 Fairfield Road
Gettysburg, PA


Gettysburg KOA Kampground
20 Knox Road
Gettysburg, PA
717-642-5713


Area Cabins and Lodges
Old Town Run Mountain Lodge
699 Baltimore Pike
Gardners, PA
(717) 486-5672


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Beechmont Inn Bed Breakfast - Hanover, PABBs / Inns
Located on a tree-lined street of stately historic homes, The Beechmont has welcomed business and leisure travelers since 1986 with exceptional hospitality and thoughtful extras designed to exceed travelers needs and desires.
Web Site: thebeechmont.com
22.4 miles from park*
Baladerry Inn - Gettysburg, PABBs / Inns
An ideal choice for your visit to historic Gettysburg and the surrounding area. One of the most historic inns in Gettysburg, with its unique country setting at the edge of the battlefield and close proximity to the restaurants and attractions in town.
Web Site: baladerryinn.com
16.1 miles from park*
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
15.3 miles from park*
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