LOCUST LAKE STATE PARK
LOCUST LAKE STATE PARK
Barnesville, Pennsylvania 18214
Toll Free: 888-727-2757
Known for its popular camping area, Locust Lake State Park nestles on the side of Locust Mountain. The 52-acre Locust Lake is located between two campgrounds and is surrounded by beautiful forests. Hiking and fishing are popular activities in the 1,089-acre park. A bike trail and a number of hiking trails wind through the park and vary to steep and challenging trails for hearty hikers.
Camping: modern sites, some with electricity
The 282 campsites are divided into tent or trailer sides that encircle the lake. Tenting is permitted on the north side of the lake and the trailer facilities are located on the south side of the lake. All areas are within easy access to swimming, boating, fishing and hiking facilities.
All campsites are located in a wooded area and have a parking pad, picnic table, fire ring and a cleared area for camping equipment. There are also a number of walk-in sites.
Campground conveniences include modern restrooms and wash houses with shower facilities. A sanitary dump station is located on the trailer side of the lake. Trash/recycling areas are located on both the north and south sides of the lake.
Boats may use electric motors. 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.
Rowboats, canoes and pedal boats are available through boat rental concessions at each park.
Oak/Ridge Trail: 0.75 mile, easy hiking, white/blue blazes,This interpretive trail winds along a woodland creek and through a mature forest and young woodland areas. Along the entire loop of this self-guiding trail, species of trees and other vegetation are marked, and posted signs offer information about each species.
Oak/Hemlock Trail: 2 miles, moderate hiking, white/yellow blazesThis trail is blazed through a mature hemlock stand through which flows a woodland stream. The trail also passes by a unique geological outcropping.
Oak Loop Trail: 4 miles, difficult hiking, white blazesThe longest of the loop trails, it encircles a ridge located in a mature deciduous forest.
Tuscarora and Locust Lake state parks offer 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. An environmental education specialist is available to develop EE curriculums and sites, and provide teacher workshops and additional teacher and community services.
Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the park office.
Programs are offered March to November. For more detailed information contact the park office.
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Located seven miles north of Pottsville, three miles south of Mahanoy City, eight miles west of Tamaqua and six miles west of Tuscarora State Park. The park is two miles southwest of Exit 131A (Hometown) of I-81.