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Poe Valley State Park
POE VALLEY STATE PARK
POE VALLEY STATE PARK
Milroy, Pennsylvania   17063

Phone: 814-349-2460
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Reservations: 888-727-2757
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Poe Valley State Park

Nature of the Area
Cozy Poe Valley State Park is nestled in a rugged mountain valley in Centre County. Seemingly endless forests surround the 25-acre Poe Lake. The 620-acre state park is surrounded by the 198,000-acre Bald Eagle State Forest. Poe Paddy State Park is nearby.
History of the Area
The park was named for Big Poe Creek, which flows through the valley.

In the mid-1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) created the park and built many of the roads. They completed the dam in 1937. Several miles upstream from the park, a stone memorial marks the site of the camp, whose remaining structures are now used as a private hunting camp.
Camping
Camping: rustic campsites

The wooded campground is just below the breast of the dam and has drinking water, rustic toilets and a sanitary dump station. The camping season begins the 2nd Friday in April and ends in mid-December after antlerless deer season. Access is not guaranteed in the winter months. Campers may moor their boats by the dam.

The maximum stay is 14 days during the summer season and 21 days during the off-season. Campers must vacate the park for 48 hours between stays. Pets are not permitted in the campground.
Swimming
The swimming beach at Poe Lake is open from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day unless posted otherwise. Swim at your own risk. The maximum water depth of the swimming area is 5 feet.
Boating
Boating: electric motors only

There are two launching areas and fifteen seasonal (April 1 to November 15) mooring spaces on the 25-acre lake. Campers can moor their boats by the dam during their stay. Rental boats are normally available during 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
The shaded picnic area is by Poe Lake and has drinking water, playground areas, charcoal grills and charcoal disposal containers and accessible picnic tables. Two picnic pavilions, with a capacity of 100 people each, 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

Poe Valley's hiking trail system connects to the extensive trail network of Bald Eagle State Forest. The hiking trails vary from easy hiking to very rugged, steep trails. The 189-mile Mid State Trail passes through Poe Valley and is popular with backpackers and day hikers.

Cross-country Skiing:

While no specific trails are provided, most skiers use local roads since only minimal snow plowing is done in this area. Skiers should be cautious since both snowmobiles and four-wheel drive vehicles also use many of these roads.

Snowmobiling:

Registered snowmobiles may use the Big Poe Road in the park and state forest roads daily after the end of antlerless deer season. Drinking water, parking and rustic toilets are available in the park. Most roads are joint-use roads shared by snowmobiles and motor vehicles. Please snowmobile safely.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 20 best camp grounds by dodge 2500
the campground is awsome for fishing and relaxing every thing is easy to get to or throught if you have a large rv or camper. The trails and wild life are varey well seen and layed out. The showers are great and clean it a blast for the family and your 4 legged furry family members to and every one is friendly.
February 24 Our favorite PA park by Poe Valley dreamer
Have owned a cabin within 2 miles of Poe Valley State Park for 40 years. Love it for the fishing, picnicking, solitude in the winter, wildlife, especially the ducks and geese. You never know what will be on the lake.
August 12 Greatest place in PA by Tom
I love the whole POE Valley experience. Alot of great memories ere in between those 2 mountains. Great place to bring the family and kids will learn a life experience!
May 21 Our Favorite Get-Away!!!
Thanks soooo much for re-opening. We love the cabins and love that there are showers now, the only thing better is if we could bring our yellow lab along.
May 16 One of our favorite parks
January 25 My familys favorite camping spot
Please open Poe Valley up this year. My family misses camping there. We have waited a few years for it to reopen. It is a very family oriented state park and we miss going there.
January 19 GREAT FISHING N CAMPING
PLEASE OPEN THE PARK NEED BACK UP, PRIVATE CAMPGROUNDS DO NOT COMPARE.
November 23 Poe Valley
Please open Poe Valley for this upcoming summer season. Two years is a LONG time not to be able to visit the greatest state park in the USA
July 24 My favorite childhood memory... by Debbie
Camped here every year for my entire childhood.. Live in Texas now and want to come visit... PLEASE GET THE PARK OPENED!
March 21 OUR FAVORITE PARK
PLEASE GET THIS PARK OPENED. NO WHERE ELSE SEEMS LIKE CAMPING. POE VALLEY PARK IS AN EXCELLENT PLACE TO CAMP.
June 2 favorite camping spot..
great place to get away,peace and quiet..


Area Campgrounds

Sunsational Family Campground
1120 Hoffman Lane
Millmount, PA
570-922-2267


Seven Mountains Campgrounds
101 Seven Mountains Campground Road
Spring Mills, PA


Area Cabins and Lodges
Schafer's Country Cottages
364 W Aaron sq
Aaronsburg, PA
(814) 349-8316


Woodward Crossings Inc
133 Jackson Hill Rd
Woodward, PA
(814) 349-4404


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Directions
From Potters Mills, go east on U S 322 for 1.5 miles to near the top of the Seven Mountains Scenic Area, then follow marked state forest roads for ten miles to Poe Valley.

From Millheim, go west on PA 45 for 1.5 miles, then follow signs south for 12 miles to the park.

Gravel roads turn to paved roads near the park. No entirely paved road leads to the park.

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